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WWE's video tribute to Rowdy Roddy Piper will tug on your heart strings

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Last week, the death of Rowdy Roddy Piper sent shockwaves through the WWE and fans and wrestlers alike have paid tribute to the Canadian, real name Roderick George Toombs, in the days that have passed since.

Tribute

Those tributes continued yesterday on Monday Night RAW as the WWE opened their weekly show with a touching salute to the kilt wearing "Hot Rod."

In what was surely an emotional moment for all involved, virtually the entire main roster, led by Vince McMahon and dressed in "Hot Rod" t-shirts, stood silent as a ten-bell salute rang out before a video montage was played out.

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Having done a similar thing for both the Ultimate Warrior and Dusty Rhodes - both of whom passed away over the past 18 months - the montage was testament to Piper's influence and legacy in wrestling.

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Documenting Piper's evolution into the star wrestling fans the world over had come to know and love, there will have been plenty of WWE fans blurry eyed as Roddy Piper's own words; "When I was well I was hell, and I had you all rocking for many years," closed the video.

True great

Roddy Piper hadn't been connected officially with the WWE since losing his legend's contract in late 2014 but there is no doubt about the legacy he leaves behind him in the wrestling business.

Largely due to his sensational ability on the mic, he is widely regarded as one of the original, and best, heels in WWF/WWE history. There is no doubt that many of the Superstars who stood on the stage on RAW last night will have Piper to thank for getting them interested in the business in the first place.

Tough year

As alluded to earlier, Rowdy Roddy Piper's death continues a tough time for the WWE who have had to say goodbye to some legendary figures in recent times.

It was only last month that WWE were mourning Dusty Rhodes' sudden death. With Ultimate Warrior having passed away in April 2014, too, the need for touching tributes has unfortunately been all to common.

WWE fans: What is your favorite memory of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper? Let us know in the comments below...

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