In the Pit with Piper

In the Pit with Piper

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by Rowdy Roddy Piper, Robert Picarello
     
 

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Here, in his own words, is the story of one of the greatest wrestlers ever-Rowdy Roddy Piper. The bagpipe-playing legend gets down and dirty about the world of professional wrestling-and his own career.

He takes readers back to his life as a teenage runaway and his first match, when he stepped into the ring for $25. He recalls his triumph as the youngest World

Overview

Here, in his own words, is the story of one of the greatest wrestlers ever-Rowdy Roddy Piper. The bagpipe-playing legend gets down and dirty about the world of professional wrestling-and his own career.

He takes readers back to his life as a teenage runaway and his first match, when he stepped into the ring for $25. He recalls his triumph as the youngest World Light Heavyweight Champion, and how he helped make the World Wrestling Federation the phenomenon it is today with little more than a microphone stand and a bow tie.

From a man who joined the game long before it emerged as big-time entertainment comes a story that tells it like it is-and that's filled with as much excitement as the jam-packed arenas where he fought his fiercest foes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425187210
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
BERKLEY BO
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Rowdy Roddy Piper is one of America's greatest wrestlers. He was born in Canada and has been wrestling professionally for over 30 years. This is his first book.

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In the Pit with Piper 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a decent read. The stories are interesting, but the words did not flow as well as Mick Foley's did in his two books. Piper also seemed to capitalize on Foley's book by rehashing his ideas, events, and story structure. I enjoyed Foley's much more because there seemed to be more depth. That said, if you are a Piper fan, a wrestling fan, or even just someone who wants a decent story, this is a good book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a Piper fan you will enjoy this, Piper tells it how it is. He does at times sound arrogant, but with every right, he was one of the most recognized wrestlers during the beginning of the WWF and was insturmental in it becoming as big as it was. RIP Roddy, you are sorely missed. Wrestling fans everywhere lost a hero when you passed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Met him when I bought the book he tells the stories better than he writes. It's a great account of what wrestlers went through and go through..
Alan Parsons More than 1 year ago
I take a great deal of pleasure reading non-fiction autobiographies about pro-wrestlers, but I had a really hard time following along with the story told in this book. But that doesn't mean there isn't small pieces of pleasure you can get from it. Rowdy Roddy Piper obviously thinks very highly of himself, and he should, but there came a point where I thought to myself "alright, you're a legend of wrestling, I get it, you don't have to tell me." 70% of this book is basically Roddy Piper explaining why he's a great wrestler/sports entertainer, why he's better than Hulk Hogan and others. The other 30% is broken side-stories that don't really mesh. Expect kind of a, "well, this one time" then fill in the blank, kind of reading. For example, do you know hot to get a free meal at a diner? Piper will tell ya. Cool, huh? Yep, guess so. How about, reading about how Piper's house flooded once? Still no reaction? Alright, how about the time Piper almost punched Cyndi Lauper because someone (unnamed by Piper) told him it would be a good idea? That's actually kind of neat, but there's not enough of that kind of stuff in this book. I love Piper, he's great, but wow I was really hoping for something else.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey I am a big fan of wrestling in the 80's, and a big fan of Rowdy Roddy Piper. It was great to hear about some of the other wrestlers in the industry, and about events in his private life too. My only regret is that he would have gone into more detail about some of his bigger matches with stars like Hogan. What he is doing now, besides being a fat, bitter man would have been interesting too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roddy piper has always been a good wrestler in my opinion and i hope he does make one more appearance on tv. However the book is not one of the best book i have read. I think there was more that could have been said. He did'nt explain why he went back to the wwe after he was fired in '94 nor did explain why he "retired" so many times. How did he get to be in wcw. if you are a piper fan that is in love with his earlier beginnings then this book is definately for you. However, i am just disappointed that he didn't say much about the latter part of his carreer. I just think he could have made it a little longer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was not a bad read for the average wrestling fan, but is a disgrace to Roddy Piper fans. Obviously still in a chemical induced stupor, Piper only serves to destroy his legacy and express his bitter, arrogant stories of the life which made him famous. His "icon" status has been put in serious jeopardy due to this work of literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Piper is full of it. That said, he's also one of the most important people in the history of wrestling. Reading the book you can easily tell this is a man without much left. But the saddest thing is, he's a man trying to create a legacy without realizing he already had one, one that would have been better off without this book.