Two years ago today, we lost "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, one of the greatest mic-handlers in the wrestling business. He was a Heel unto himself, a weasel extraordinare and cheap-shot master, alternately beloved and despised (but despised with affection -- the man had undeniable charisma) for more than 30 years in squared-circle drama. Sometimes he landed a bigger "pop" than the alleged crowd favorites, i.e., the GOOD GUYS. Even when Piper flirted with babyface-ry, he carried an air of snake-oil menace; he could turn at any minute, and you'd follow without question. He was just that damn good.
These assets made him a natural for movies. He made more than 40, including the classics "They Live" and "Hell Comes to Frogtown." We've got a sci-fi double feature ("Sci-Fighters" and "Terminal Rush") with the Hot Rod still all outta bubblegum.
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