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roddyThis is the new wrestling blog for all you sports entertainment fans and this is one of the segments on this blog that I am going to do every week. It’s wrestling docs which means we look at a different wrestling oriented documentary whether it be from the WWE or someone else. The first documentary that I wanted to look at came courtesy of the WWE Network (which is available for only $9.99) and it looks at one of the most controversial men in sports entertainment history. The doc is called Born To Controversy- The Roddy Piper Story. The documentary tells the story of one of the WWE’s greatest icons the sport had ever seen with Roddy Piper looking at his whole career from the start until the point that this documentary was released. It features all of this with amazing archival footage and interviews with other legends like Mean Gene Okerlund, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Jim Ross, Bruce Prichard (Brother Love), Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Mick Foley, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Gerald Briscoe, John Cena, and even the man who directed him in the awesome They Live film John Carpenter. 

roddy piperThe documentary does an amazing job not only looking at the past of Roddy Piper, but asking a question that people will debate in sports entertainment for a very long time. Who was the bigger icon, Hulk Hogan or Roddy Piper? It gives you enough evidence to argue that Wrestlemania would not have been what it is without Roddy Piper and all of the off the cuff and controversial commentary from the Hot Rod. It also brings up a great point in the fact that Roddy really didn’t need a title to define the fact that he was a legend because he was bigger than the title even though he admits here that he wish he could have won the WWE Title. Seeing all the footage like all the great Piper’s Pit moments and the dog collar match he had with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine brought back some great memories that I will always cherish. Seeing him and understanding why he was in the WWE Legends House makes that much more sense. The WWE really produces some top notch documentaries because I haven’t seen a bad one yet. I am giving this documentary an A for a final grade.