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Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: The 36 Chambers
Re: Can somebody sell me on Roddy Piper's greatness?
Piper was just so vital to the business as a whole. The Piper's Pit concept has been attempted by a ridiculous number of wrestlers over the years, yet none of them have ever really matched the sheer memorability of the original. Piper's segment with Jimmy Snuka is one of the most widely-remembered moments in the history of the business to this day. Nobody's gonna be saying "Remember that one edition of MizTV from back in the day? Man, that was the moment that made me love wrestling." Granted, I don't think MizTV is very good, but even the better modern-day talk shows (The Highlight Reel, The Peep Show, The Cutting Edge etc.) will never reach that level of remembrance.
Plus Piper was a major part of making the WWF/E, Hulk Hogan, and Wrestlemania into the phenomenons they ended up becoming. Of course, as the central hero, Hogan was always the centerpiece, but a good hero is nothing without a good villain. Not only did Hogan have a good villain, he had a GREAT one in Piper, and nobody else could've been a better fit... Well, maybe Jake Roberts could've fit the role as well (altho he'd have a much darker take on it, of course), but think of it this way: if the ONLY OTHER PERSON that could've filled your shoes is Jake Roberts, you're obviously fucking amazing at what you do.
I do think that some people kinda overstate Piper's sheer greatness at times. Not that he isn't great, but I disagree when someone says that nobody has or ever will touch him as a heel. Regardless, anyone could make a very legitimate argument for him as the G.O.A.T. heel and micworker.
tl;dr: Innovater, MAJOR factor in the rise of pro wrestling, god on the mic
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Talent/charisma draws. Not size.
Originally Posted by MVP
“Kevin Nash is right. Smaller guys don’t draw. I mean who would pay any money to watch itty bitty guys like Mayweather or Paquiao?"
Last edited by Smif-N-Wessun; 02-21-2013 at 01:40 PM.