The WWE Universe remembered the late ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, who tragically passed away on July 31. With a 10-bell salute and a touching tribute video, the pro-wrestling world honored the man they called ‘Hot Rod.’ Click to watch.
The wrestling world is still reeling from the sudden death of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. The 61-year-old icon of the squared circle died of “natural causes,” and his passing left fans in mourning. Days after Roddy’s death, the WWE honored the legend with a heartfelt video tribute.
The WWE remembered Roddy during the Aug. 3 episode of Monday Night Raw, the first Raw after his July 31 death. Before the show began, the entire locker room stood at the top of the stage, everyone wearing Roddy’s signature “Hot Rod” t-shirt. It was a somber moment as all those in the Sap Center in San Jose, California paused for a 10-bell salute to the fallen wrestler.
From there, the WWE played a video looking back at the life and career of Roddy Piper. It’s hard to sum up his nearly forty-years in the ring but the memorial replayed some of Hot Rod’s biggest hits, set to Greg Holden’s “Hold on Tight.”
From participating in the main event of the first WrestleMania against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, to smashing a coconut upside the head of “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, to every time he dissed a fellow wrestler in his Piper’s Pit interview segment, the video touched upon why Roddy Piper was considered a pro-wrestling legend.
Wrestlers like John Cena, Randy Orton and Ric Flair praised Hot Rod in the video, as pictures showed him posing with fellow legends, including the late Dusty Rhodes. It’s clear to see why Hot Rod meant so much to wrestling fans and why he will be missed.
When news of Roddy’s death broke, the wrestling world reacted with sadness and shock. Past WWE superstars like Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash and Steve Austin tweeted their respects to the late Hot Rod, while other celebrities offered their memories in tribute. Even Ronda Rousey paid her respects, dedicating her UFC championship match to Rowdy Roddy.
What did you think about the WWE’s tribute to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow