Wrestlers pay tribute to 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

August 1, 2015 9:55 AM

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Wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, whose birth name was Roderick Toombs, died Thursday. Piper is regarded as the first true great villain in professional wrestling, a role that earned him as much praise as it did criticism and position that made him truly unique among wrestling superstars. He highlighted the first WrestleMania when he was involved in a match featured Mr. T and Hulk Hogan as well.

Wrestling superstars paid tribute to Piper on social media Thursday, and Ronda Rousey, who was given permission from Piper himself to also use the nickname "Rowdy," dedicated Saturday's fight to the WWE Hall of Famer.

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