The biggest pro wrestling bio since Bret Hart's Hitman: legendary Rowdy Roddy Piper's unfinished autobiography, re-conceived and completed by his children, actress/musician Ariel Teal Toombs and wrestler Colt Baird Toombs.
In early 2015, Roderick Toombs, aka Rowdy Roddy Piper, began researching his own autobiography with a trip through Western Canada. He was re-discovering his youth, a part of his life he never discussed during his 61 years, many spent as one of the greatest talents in the history of pro wrestling. Following his death due to a heart attack that July, two of his children took on the job of telling Roddy's story, separating fact from fiction in the extraordinary life of their father.
Already an accomplished wrestler before Wrestlemania in 1985, Roddy Piper could infuriate a crowd like no "heel" before him. The principal antagonist to all-American champion Hulk Hogan, Piper used his quick wit, explosive ring style and fearless baiting of audiences to push pro wrestling to unprecedented success. Wrestling was suddenly pop culture's main event. An actor with over 50 screen credits, including the lead in John Carpenter's #1 cult classic, They Live, Piper knew how to keep fans hungry, just as he'd kept them wishing for a complete portrait of his most unusual life. He wanted to write this book for his family; now they have written it for him.
In February 2015, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, a wrestler, actor, and all-around grand personality, set off on a mission to revisit his rocky past in order to piece it together for a proper autobiography, following 2002's disappointing In the Pit with Piper. With his sudden death in July 2015, it fell to Ariel Toombs and Colt Toombs, two of his children, to finish the project, which became a search for their family history as much a summary of Piper's career. Their book is tinged with melancholy, as the sad ending is known in advance. They write themselves into the story, which is stylistically awkward at times but always endearing. "Beyond the small matter of his origins, his gimmick was hardly a gimmick," they write, trying to explain how Piper used his real, though distant, roots in Scotland to create his character when really he was a hardscrabble kid from western Canada, uprooted constantly by an emotionally distant father who worked for the railway. Those unfamiliar with wrestling may get bogged down in some of the minutiae, well-explained though it is; wrestling fans will be surprised by how little time is spent on Piper's top run in the WWF/WWE. But all will get to know Piper, the man, far better.