Rowdy Roddy Piper is a wrestling legend, but he never achieved the kind of mainstream accolades as his counterpart Hulk Hogan. Piper helped build WrestleMania and turn the industry into a phenomenon that still rages today.
More people are familiar with the name Hulk Hogan than the name Roddy Piper. That’s too bad. He was better than Hogan in many ways.
Here are 5 reason why Piper was better than Hulk Hogan:
5. Roddy Piper was a better wrestler
Piper could throw a dropkick. He could bump. He could get slammed and roll out of the ring and then come right back in and do it again. He was also known to show off his wrestling skills and keep his opponent down. Piper was a worker, and by every measure possible a better wrestler than Hogan.
4. Roddy Piper was more respected by his peers
Let’s face it; Hogan’s personal life is a mess. Even before his recent sex tape scandal, Hogan was not widely respected by his peers. Piper also has his enemies, but guys like Ric Flair loved Piper and knew of his incredible contributions to the industry. Piper was willing to have a match at the beginning, middle or end of the show. His peers (no, not everyone) loved him for his efforts.
3. Roddy Piper along with Mr. T made WrestleMania I
Imagine a time in Hulk Hogan’s prime when he was not the focal point of the match? That was Piper in 1985 at the first WrestleMania. Piper talked his way into the main event of Wrestlemania and made the match feel special. Everyone wanted to see Piper lose to Hogan. WrestleMania’s build-up was more about Piper and Mr. T, than Hulk Hogan. Without Piper, WrestleMania 1 could have been a disaster.
2. Roddy Piper is a better actor
No that’s not saying much. Still Piper starred in “They Live” and earned much critical acclaim. “I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass and I’m all out of bubblegum. ” Piper says in “They Live.” He didn’t land as many roles as Hogan, but it doesn’t matter. Piper had serious acting ability. Hogan, not so much.
1. Roddy Piper was a better talker
Hogan had one kind of promo. “Well you know something, Mean Gene,” he would say. Piper, on the other hand, was never predictable. His style changed with his opponent. And most of all he was funny. His promos were entertaining and clever. Piper had an amazing ability to make himself look good and his opponents look like children. Piper hosted Piper’s Pit and turned himself into a superstar. Hogan talks a lot, but his promos were over-the-top and single-dimensional. Piper could jabber with Ric Flair, Hogan, Mr. T, Snuka, Goldust, Bret Hart, you name it. He could do it.