• On This Day In Wrestling History (July 31, 2015) – Old School WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2015, we lost Old School WWF Legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (Real name: Roderick Toombs) at the age of 61 due to a cardiopulmonary arrest caused by a hypertension, because of a pulmonary embolism.
After touring the territories during the 70s & early 80s and after a brutal dog collar match against Greg “The Hammer” Valentine at the first Starrcade in 1983, Roddy Piper joined the World Wrestling Federation in early 1984, where he soon became the #1 villain, who feuded with the #1 babyface in the promotion, Hulk Hogan.
Together, they main evented the first ever WrestleMania and put professional wrestling on the map, as we know it.
“Hot Rod” continued to wrestle for the WWF until 1992 (minus a hiatus for Hollywood in 1988), but returned several times in 1994, 1995 & 1996, before Roddy joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling at the Halloween Havoc 1996 PPV.
In 2005, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his old rival, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † REST IN PEACE
April 17, 1954 – July 31, 2015
• CM Punk Names His Mr. SummerSlam
Over the years, WWE fans have seen many wrestlers putting on an impressive performance at WWE’s second biggest event of the year, SummerSlam.
However, it’s tough to make a decision when thinking about one wrestler who should be called Mr. SummerSlam.
WWE On FOX’s Twitter account questioned the following:
“If @ShawnMichaels is Mr. @WrestleMania then Mr. #SummerSlam is:”
Former WWE Backstage analyst CM Punk replied to the question and named two time WWE Hall Of Famer Bret Hart as Mr. SummerSlam.
“It’s @BretHart (then me ? )”
— player/coach (@CMPunk) July 31, 2020
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