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Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan WWE WrestleMania XXX Idea Should Be Squashed

I want to see Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan. But I don’t want to see them at WrestleMania 30. I want to see the old Roddy Piper – the man in his early 30s with the wit and wisdom of a fast talking son of a gun. I want the Piper I remember in the NWA, traveling from Charlotte to Darlington, to Atlanta and back to some odd place in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I want to remember him as he was, smashing coconuts over Jimmy Snuka’s head, challenging Hulk Hogan at the first WrestleMania and “kicking” Cyndi Lauper to set up the birth of “Rock and Wrestling” and the creation of something called Hulkamania.

I want to remember dog collar matches and wrestling matches with Jack Brisco where the only thing that stands between the two men in the ring and a match for Ric Flair for the NWA World Title is a handful of washers that hits Brisco in the jaw.

That is how I remember Roderick “Roddy” George Toombs – the man who helped define a generation and played a “Robert Conrad” like persona asking you, no daring you to knock the Every Ready battery off his shoulder. There were few tougher, few more skilled in an interview and few who could hold their own with Ric Flair, Harley Race, Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, Bret Hart, and the list goes on and on.

The idea of a match involving Piper with CM Punk in a tag team match against Hulk Hogan and John Cena holds no interest to me – all it does is soil the very state of professional wrestling. It is like Dennis Rodman and Jay Leno in a wrestling ring. David Arquette hold the WCW World Title and Adam “Pac Man” Jones becoming a tag team champion in TNA.

There are certain things that are sacred in this business. Kayfabe is a thing of the past. Old school wrestling was on display to an extent Monday night on Raw. Seeing the likes of Piper, who is asking for the match in New Orleans, the New Age Outlaws (who should still be wrestling) the appearance of Jake “The Snake” Roberts and even Sgt. Slaughter make me realize how great a time wrestling was when I was younger and the state of the then “sport” was in its element. I am sure my father felt the same way years ago, watching Eddie Graham, Bruno Sammartino, Gorgeous George, Buddy Rogers and Lou Thesz. My time as youngster is the same as my generation, and as man in my 40s, it is tough to see my heroes like Flair, Piper and even Hogan on the true downsides of their lives.

It was reported by the UPI that Piper, 59, used his Twitter account to basically call out Hogan to challenge him to a match at WrestleMania. While the former Intercontinental Champion and WWF Icon, the comments drew attention from everywhere.

Frankly, I hate the idea. We want to remember our heroes like they used to be – not downtrodden and spent and so out of shape it made us all want to run and hide.

That is how we see Ric Flair right now. That is how we don’t want to see Sting in a few years. That is why seeing Mae Young brought out year after year was so painful and that is how Jake Roberts, Terry Funk and to an extent, Scott Hall, used to be. Wrestling heroes should not have to continue to “prove” themselves over and over again to themselves. The demons of not being able to walk away from the ring has soiled the matches we remember fondly of Steamboat and Flair, Sammartino and Morales, and Brisco and Race. It just isn’t fair.

But as long as the need to scratch an itch continues, we will get this lunacy. Unfortunately, the WWE will feed off of it.

Until the WWE scream “no mas” it will continue. Someone has to have the nerve to say enough is enough.

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