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 - Blake Miller

In the fall of 1981, long-time host of Georgia Championship Wrestling Gordon Solie suddenly had co-host. Solie had hosted the Saturday night program by himself for a number of years, and whoever shared the hosting duties would have to shine in order to keep up with "the Dean of wrestling Announcers." But this was no ordinary co-host. This was a man who was arguably the greatest talker in the history of pro wrestling. This man would go on to be one of the most notorious rulebreakers in pro wrestling. This man was "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

Roddy Piper had begun his career in Canada, and had been a star for promotions on the West Coast (Portland and Los Angeles) for most of the 1970s. He had memorable feuds with Chavo Guerrero, Buddy Rose, Victor Rivera, and the Sheepherders during his early years in wrestling. In the fall of 1980, Piper started making his first regular appearances outside of the West Coast (a gamble, since Piper was largely an unknown outside of California and Oregon) when he began wrestling for Jim Crockett’s Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling. Piper hit the Carolinas with a bang, winning the group’s television title almost immediately upon his arrival with a victory over veteran Paul Jones. Shortly thereafter, Piper began a memorable feud with United States Heavyweight champion Ric Flair. In what could be called an upset, Piper defeated Flair for the coveted U.S. belt. Piper played a scrawny, whimpering heel, who was fantastic on the microphone. After losing the U.S. belt to Wahoo McDaniel in 1981, Piper began to wrestle slightly less, and started appearing as a commentator on Georgia Championship Wrestling with Gordon Solie. Piper continued making appearances for Crockett, and only began appearing on GCW’s Saturday night broadcasts on WTBS as an announcer.

Piper was not the standard heel announcer. He was polite, and did not overly praise the heels and criticize the babyfaces. He deferred to Solie and the two appeared to have a great chemistry together. Piper would accurately point out when a babyface would cheat in a match, something rarely called in those days. Subtly, Piper began to change into full-fledged heel announcer. This started out in a drawn out, well done angle.  More...

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