- Date of Birth
- Age 68 Years Old
- Famous Name Roddy Piper
- Country Canada CA
- Father Stanley Baird Toombs
- First Name Roderick
- Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roddy_Piper
- Last Name Toombs
- Birth Name Roderick George Toombs
- Net Worth $4 Million
- Currently Married
- Married to Kitty Toombs
- Famous Name Roddy Piper
- Children Ariel Teal Toombs, Colton Baird Toombs, Anastacia Shea Toombs, Falon Danika Toombs
- Hobbies dirt biking, quick-draw
- Date April 17
- Profession wrestler
- School Location Winnipeg, Canada
- Famous for wrestler
- Started career as wrestler
- School attended Windsor Park Collegiate
Roddy Piper, aka Roderick George Toombs, was a pro wrestler infamously known for his mouth-talking skills in the ring. Piper is known for his role in playing as the "villain" in the wrestling industry. The Canadian-born wrestling icon was also known for his signature bagpipe entrance music. Toombs has also appeared in movies, music videos, video games, and voiceovers.
As you read below, you can learn more about Roddy Piper's biography, love life, career, net worth, and untold stories of the late Roddy Piper.
More on Roddy Piper, Weight, Networth, Love Life, and Other Personal Information
The late wrestler weighed around 104 kilograms (230 pounds) and stood at a respectable height of 6 feet (183 centimeters). Roddy Piper, during his prime, was a handsome blond-brown-haired hunk with blue eyes. Since he used to be a wrestler, he was built with huge muscles and a strong body.
Roddy was a passionate and confident leader capable of leading a team. His determination, perhaps, was the leading trait that helped him lead a role of a "villain." The wrestler's determination also makes him impatient and headstrong. In the ring and wrestling industry, Piper was known to be notorious. Trash talker, impatient fighter, and hot-headed.
Networth and Salary, How much is He worth?
Roddy Piper worked not only as a wrestler but also as a television personality, actor, voiceover artist, and boxer. Roderick George Toombs was worth over $4 million with many income streams and fame.
Roddy was a big name in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He was reportedly paid around 2.7 million dollars annually during his prime. This was during the 20th century when $2.7 million was a considerable amount.
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Marriage and Family
Toombs and Kitty Jo Dittrich married In 1982. The couple was together until Toomb died in 2015. By that time, the couple had four children; Ariel Teal, Falcon Danika, Anastacia Shea, and Colton Baird. Colton was the only son in their family.
Teal was the only sibling member who pursued her father's footsteps. Teal Piper made her professional wrestling debut for All Elite Wrestling in August 2019. It was also announced later that she had contact with WOW (Women of wrestling).
Career and Growth
Roddy initially started as a boxer. He was an amateur boxer before stepping into the wrestling world. He also was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champ and had a black belt in Judo. The wrestler started under the care of Al Tomoko in Canada and first debuted in front of a lumberjack audience in Churchill.
With an income source now, Roddy began attending school too. Roddy debuted in an official wrestling match against Larry Hennig in the American Wrestling Association (AWA). From here onwards, his popularity would only go higher.
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Did You Know
Roddy would initially present himself in the ring while handing out dandelions to the spectators. His entrance would be followed by bagpipe music being played by his friends. The announcer eventually settled with the name "Roddy the Piper" when announcing him on the stage. The infamous Roddy Piper was born on that very day.
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)
By the late 1975s, Roddy had already gained fame for his villain character in NWA Hollywood Wrestling. In later years, Roderick would develop his Rowdy character further. He insulted Mexican communities, instigated riots, and fought heavy titles.
After losing a territorial match, Piper appeared as The Masked Canadian in the ring. He put up this facade for several months before being unmasked by wrestler Hector Guerrero.
In the early 1980s, Roddy ventured into the Mid-Atlantic territory. Piper also served as a commentator for Georgia Championship Wrestling and wrestled with many other wrestlers. He soon became a fan favorite in the ring despite his villain character.
World Wrestling Federation (WWF)
In 1983, Roddy was contacted by the owner of WWF to sign a contract deal with the federation. Many feuds and fights broke out here in the league with the infamous wrestler. He was a hostile, vile trash-taker, wasting no time thrashing his opponents.
The main storyline in Piper's career was him spending weeks crashing a fellow wrestler's shows which eventually led to a showdown between them. Adonis also stormed Piper's pit (his microphone show) with his friends in response to the crash and destroyed it. Piper stormed Adonis' set with a baseball bat and destroyed it. With so much feud, it was finally settled with a Hair vs. Hair match (losing cuts air) which Piper won. He retired to work as an actor full-time after this incident.
Several Returns and Retirements
After leaving to pursue an acting career, Roddy Piper would still go on to wrestle with many people, instigating feuds and clashes in the arena. He became a fan favorite despite his anti-hero status and went on to wrestle for many years to come.
Honors and Awards
- NWA United States Heavyweight Championship
- NWA World Tag Team Championship
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship x 2
- NWA Television Championship x 2
- NWA United States Heavyweight Championship x2
- NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship x5
- NWA Americas Tag Team Championship x 5
- NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship x2
- NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship x5
- Inspirational Wrestler of the Year
- Most Hated Wrestler of the Year
- Most Popular Wrestler of the Year
- WWF Intercontinental Championship
- World Tag Team Championship
- WWE Hall of Fame
- WWE Bronze Statue
- Slammy Award
- Best Heel
And so much more.
The Legacy He Left Behind
Piper is considered the pioneer of villain characters in the wrestling industry. He was the key figure in the growth and popularity of WWF and WrestleMania. Thanks to Roddy, Wrestle Mania is regarded as the most critical show in company history. His mic show, Piper's Pit, was innovative and never dull.
Roderick George Toombs passed away on July 31, 2015, in his sleep at 61. He was at his summer residence in Hollywood, California, at the time of his death. His reason for death is a cardiopulmonary arrest or a heart attack generally caused by Hypertension.
Two ten-bell salutes were given to Roddy Piper as a gesture of respect by hundreds of wrestling legends and personalities gathered.
"Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial, and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved by millions of fans worldwide. I extend my deepest condolences to his family." - WWE CEO Vince Mc Mahon.
It is said that Piper got into WWF again, even in his old age, as he would not get to access his retirement funding until he was 65 years old. Perhaps one of the reasons for his passing away. Toombs was cremated and rested at Crescent Grove Cemetery in Tigard, Oregon.
Some Facts on Piper
A wrestling-based newsletter, "Ringside," featured Roddy Piper, which talked about his hobbies. Roddy piper enjoyed dirt biking, quick drawing, and playing bagpipes.
A wrestler named Valentine broke Piper's left eardrum during a wrestling match. This caused Piper to lose around 50-75% of his hearing. The event was known as the "The Year of the Ear."
There have been several questions regarding the authenticity of Roddy's claims of ever winning the Golden Gloves Boxing Championship. He claims to have won, but his name is not included in the list of champions.
Piper also worked as an actor, starring in several movies and tv shows. His line, "I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum." in the movie They Live is very popular among his fans.
Piper also went on to do voice acting for animated characters in 2006, playing the voice actor for Cartoon Network and video games.