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Although today he enjoys favored status as a beloved member of the WWE Hall of Fame, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper began his WWE career as one of the most-hated villains ever to step between the ropes. After making his bones in the NWA during the late '70s, the Hot Rod came to WWE in 1984, where he quickly rose to astronomical heights. His battles with Hulk Hogan became a WWE mainstay, and the two often engaged in heated banter during interview segments that rank among the most-entertaining interview segments in the company’s history.

Hogan and Piper also locked horns in the ring on several occasions. One of their most memorable bouts came at "The War to Settle the Score" on MTV. This landmark event set the stage for Hogan and Piper’s climactic clash at the first-ever WrestleMania. At that event, Piper teamed up with “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff with "Cowboy" Bob Orton in his corner to take on Hogan and Mr. T. Although The Rowdy One didn’t clinch the victory, the match more than lived up to the hype, ranking as one of the marquee main events in WWE history.

In addition to his formidable in-ring prowess, Piper was also a master on the mic, and he proved it regularly by hosting what is arguably the most innovative (and controversial) interview segment in WWE History: "Piper’s Pit." In each installment, Piper would break his guests down with a barrage of questions, manipulating the moment until he was completely in control. Often times the unexpected would happen, such as the night when he shattered a coconut over the head of Jimmy “Super Fly” Snuka. In another brutal moment, Andre the Giant confronted Hulk Hogan in the Pit, grabbing the Hulkster so hard that the cross he was wearing dug into his flesh. Piper, stunned at the turn of events, turned to Hogan and said, simply, “You’re bleeding, man.” This high-wire sense of danger and unpredictability made"Piper’s Pit" appointment viewing for any serious WWE fan.

The Hogan/Andre confrontation on the Pit led to their explosive meeting at WrestleMania III, a night that was significant for Piper as well, as it marked his last match before a brief retirement from the ring. Piper defeated Adrian Adonis by using a Sleeper Hold and added to the humiliating loss by shaving his nemesis's head. As Adonis’s locked were shorn, the Silverdome erupted, earning Piper one of his biggest ovations in WWE.

Piper went on to pursue a career in acting, most famously starring in John Carpenter’s sci-fi cautionary tale "They Live." But even the klieg lights of Hollywood couldn't keep Hot Rod away from the spotlights of WWE. Piper returned to the promotion in the early 90s, and received his first taste of Championship gold on January 19, 1992, when he defeated The Mountie for the Intercontinental Championship. At WrestleMania VIIIhe took on Bret "Hit Man" Hart in another classic match, losing the gold but remaining a fan favorite.

After another brief stint away from WWE, Piper came back as interim President of WWE in 1996. He went on that same year to face Goldust in a Hollywood Backlot Brawl at WrestleMania XII. Piper won the bout and stripped the Golden One down to his lingerie, revolting the crowd while also proving his status

Piper spent the next decade bouncing from promotion to promotion before returning to WWE for good as a vaunted member of the 2005 Hall of Fame.  Since then, he has proven more than willing to unleash his controversial wit and brashness on any Superstar foolish enough to cross him. In 2006, he did the unthinkable when he and Ric Flair managed to capture the World Tag Team Titles, winning them from the Spirit Squad at Cyber Sunday.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper has claimed he was born to controversy, and his wild, freewheeling life has proven that statement to be more than hyperbole. Now into his fifth decade as a WWE Superstar, Piper continues to shake things up wherever he goes. As John Cena, who was confronted by Piper on a November 2011 installment of "Piper’s Pit" learned, just when you think you know the answers, he changes the questions.

Source: WWE

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