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The Miami Marlins to host a Legends of Wrestling night

Jul 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Roddy Piper

With no baseball on last night I ended up watching some cable show in which “Rowdy” Roddy Piper brought some woman claiming to be a spiritual medium into his Oregon home to tell him what all of the ghosts were trying to say to him. He’s haunted by Adrian Adonis, mostly. Not making that up.

Apart from the fact that this alleged medium’s allegedly spiritual communications all conveyed information which was available on Piper’s Wikipedia page, it was pretty riveting stuff. The only downside: Piper didn’t go along with it for 55 minutes of the show only to end it with a massive heel-turn, smashing the medium’s head while barking “just when they think they got the answers, I CHANGE THE QUESTIONS!”

What I’m saying is, it was sad that the ravages of time, age, injury, illness and possibly substance abuse have dulled Hot Rod’s once incredibly sharp edge. There’s no way Piper circa 1985 woulda sat there for that. He would have chewed his gum, kicked the medium out of his house and talked to the ghost of the late great Adrian Adonis himself. They would’ve had a grand time, actually, then they would have gone and kicked Ricky Steamboat in the nards and smashed fruit into Jimmy Snuka’s head or something.

But even though Piper has reduced himself to playing along with third rate hucksters, it’s not as bad as the pro-wrestlers who are now associating themselves with something worse: Jeff Loria.  Maury Brown reports that the Miami Marlins are hosting a Legends of Professional Wrestling night on August 24:

You won’t get The Rock or Hulk Hogan, but former WWE/WCW Heavyweight Champion Bill Goldberg will throw out the first pitch, wrestlers will sign autographs during the game and then post-game there will be three to four wrestling matches inside the ring on the West Plaza of Marlins Park.

Big names include. Goldberg, Brett Hart, Greg Valentine, Brutus Beefcake, Koko B. Ware. Go read Maury’s post for the rest. Fifteen in all.

Biggest shocker: there are still 15 wrestling legends who have not yet died.

  1. eshine76 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I used to work in MiLB and, like many teams, we did this every year. It’s sad to see the toll wrestling has taken on these guys. That said, they are great with the fans.

    Also, contrary to what his Twitter feed might suggest, The Iron Sheik is about as nice of a person as you will meet.

    • chill1184 - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Agreed, the toll is pretty bad. For example Chyna became a huge train wrecked shortly after left wrestling for good.

  2. heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I’m pretty sure Ric Flair’s not gonna make it, woooo!

    http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/ric-flair-faces-arrest-warrant-north-carolina-for-failing-to-pay-spousal-support-0717113

    Oh, no woo.

    By the By Craig, shouldn’t you be taking this free time to bone up on Breaking Bad for the final season?

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Flair’s life has degenerated into a very sad joke. Pretty sad considering his pro wrestling legacy.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        I think a lot of it is never unliving the life on the road. And the repeated marriages don’t help. He’s certainly marketable, if he could be kept sober and relatively in control of his temper.

  3. tbutler704 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Brett Hart is the greatest pro wrestler of all time.

    • misterj167 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Andy Kaufman was the undisputed and unbeaten Intergender Champion for his entire career, and the man had the nads to go down to Memphis Tennessee and insult the fans to their faces and job in a BIG way to Jerry Lawler.

      I consider him to be the greatest pro wrestler of all time.

      • mybrunoblog - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        Andy Kaufman was great on Taxi. Loved that show. Now his wrestling stuff and comedy? I never really got it. When people call him a “genius” I don’t understand it. They even made a movie about his life. I still don’t get it.

      • misterj167 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        I think Andy just GOT wrestling. He understood it was about manipulating the audience because frankly that was how he spent the bulk of his career anyway. That’s why I consider him to be a great wrestler, never mind he couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag.

  4. crispybasil - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    That’s Brett “The Hitman” Hart, to you.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      ” The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. ”

      Certainly one of the great catch phrases in wrestling history.

      • therealbigben - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        The excellence of execution. Great alliteration

  5. stlouis1baseball - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Is that Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka! I loved that dude. Athletic as hell.

    • Minoring In Baseball - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      I just saw Snuka wrestle last November, no joke. He did the ‘Superfly’ off of the second rope, though. Also Hacksaw Duggan, Demolition, Powers of Pain, and Billy Gun were on the card. Pretty entertaining, but, yeah, sad to see the state of some of these guys.
      I remember meeting Piper back at WM IV, in Toronto. Completely drunk. Still a funny guy, though.

  6. mookie311 - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    *Bret the Hitman Hart. not Brett. it’s way more badass with just one T.

  7. km9000 - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    That gaudy Marlins home run contraption seems like it’d fit in perfectly in Koko B Ware’s house.

  8. km9000 - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    It’s hilariously fitting that the top comment on that Piper video compares wrestling jobbers to unheralded baseball table-setters.

    And he never would’ve smashed a female medium’s head in his day. That’s more an “Attitude” era thing. Back then, beatdowns were always in store for guys who just threatened to strike a lady (well, I guess that was limited to Elizabeth).

  9. 3 Finger Lenny - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Koko lol

  10. Sports King of this world - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    I have so much to say about this. But I’d rather lmao

  11. rdav29 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I like to chew bubble gum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubble gum

  12. 11thstreetmafia - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    The Nature Boy Ric Flair is the man.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:01 AM

      Woooo!

  13. jcmeyer10 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Odds of Old Gator showing up?

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