Now, being the giant nerd that I can be…it just wouldn’t be proper for me NOT to give a proper sendoff to the one and only “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and his hit single “For Everybody”!
Roderick George “Roddy” Toombs (April 17, 1954 – July 31, 2015), better known by his ring name “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, was a Canadian professional wrestler, film actor and podcast host. In professional wrestling, he was known for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s. Although he was Canadian, due to his Scottish heritage he was billed as coming from Glasgow and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. He earned the nicknames “Rowdy” and “Hot Rod” by displaying his trademark “Scottish” rage, spontaneity, and quick wit. Industry veteran Ric Flair hailed Piper as “the most gifted entertainer in the history of professional wrestling”.
One of the most recognizable pro wrestling stars worldwide, Piper headlined several major pay-per-view events; he participated in the main events of WrestleMania I and WrestleMania X, as a special guest referee in the latter. He accumulated 34 championships in various promotions during his career. Piper’s most notable rivals included Greg Valentine, Adrian Adonis, and Hulk Hogan, with the feud against Hogan also involving “Captain” Lou Albano and singer Cyndi Lauper, considered the beginning of Rock N’ Wrestling. Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and was named as the top villain in wrestling history by WWE.
Piper acted in dozens of films and TV shows, including the lead role in 1988’s They Live and a recurring role in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
He appeared on the then-WWF theme album “The Wrestling Album” with the song “For Everybody”. The song is a cover of Mike Angelo & The Idols’ “Fuck Everybody,” written in 1980 by Michael Ray FitzGerald and released by Atlanta’s Hottrax Records in 1984. The Piper version includes Rick Derringer on guitars and bass along with the Tower of Power horns. Cyndi Lauper sings in the background. However, WWF would not allow any profanity, which included the refrain “kiss my ass,” which was changed to “kiss my trash.”
So sit back, pack a bowl, get Rowdy, keep it weird…and think of the Rowdy one, with a smile on your face