Roddy Piper Dead at 61: A Look Back at 'Hot Rod's' Best Moments

A look back at the career of the ultimate wrestling villain who died this week.

Piper left a legacy as being one of the best wrestlers to ever perform in the ring and had tremendous ability to work the crowd with his skills on the microphone. He was widely considered one of the top villains in the business. Piper had crossover appeal, appearing in films and on television throughout his long wrestling career.

But "Hot Rod" was known for being in the epicenter of some of the most memorable moments in WWE history. Here’s a look back at some of his very best work.

The War to Settle the Score

Wrestlemania I

"Piper's Pit"

"Piper’s Pit" -– a first of its kind talk show segment that usually ended in fisticuffs -- featured the best of Piper's quick wit and fiery temper. The most legendary "Piper's Pit" occurred in 1984 and saw wrestling legend Jimmy "Superfly" Sunka getting nailed in the head with a coconut thanks to Piper.

"Classic Match vs. Bret Hart

While Piper was primarily known for his charisma, one of his most acclaimed matches occurred at Wrestlemania VIII in 1992. Piper entered the event as the Intercontinental Champion against Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Hart was on the rise in the WWE, and beating Piper in what many considered the best match of the night was a huge stepping stone for him.

Hall of Fame

Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. And in true Piper fashion, he gave one heck of an induction speech.