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Pro wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, known for wearing a kilt in the ring, has died on July 31 at the age of 61.

Born Roderick Toombs in Saskatchewan, Canada, Rowdy Roddy Piper was one of the main stars of the wrestling circuit from the mid-1980s.

During his career, Roddy Piper won more than 30 titles and was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2005.Rowdy Roddy Piper dead at 61

His death comes a month after that of Dusty Rhodes, another Hall of Fame member, aged 69.

The cause of Rowdy Roddy Piper’s death was not revealed. He had successfully fought Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006.

“Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE,” said chairman Vince McMahon.

He was best known for his rivalry with Hulk Hogan and together they headlined some of wrestling’s biggest events.

Hulk Hogan and his partner, Mr. T, beat Roddy Piper and his partner, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff at the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden in March 1985.

Cast as a villain early in his career, Roddy Piper once cracked a coconut over the head of one of his rivals, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.

Roddy Piper gained praise after branching out into acting, starring in the cult 1988 film They Live.


International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reinstated wrestling as an Olympic sport for the 2020 and 2024 Games after being voted in ahead of baseball/softball and squash.

IOC members conducted a secret electronic ballot on the issue in Buenos Aires.

Wrestling had been dropped from the 2020 Olympic programme in February after the IOC assessed the performance of all 26 sports at London 2012.

IOC has reinstated wrestling as an Olympic sport for the 2020 and 2024 Games

IOC has reinstated wrestling as an Olympic sport for the 2020 and 2024 Games

On Saturday, the organization’s 125th session awarded Tokyo the 2020 Games.

Wrestling – which was the favorite – received a majority of 49 votes, while a combined baseball/softball bid got 24 votes and squash 22.

The sport – one of the original disciplines at the Ancient Olympics – had been due to end its Olympic participation at Rio 2016 following its dismissal by the IOC earlier this year.

Members of amateur wrestling’s world governing body, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), gave a roar when the result was announced by IOC president Jacques Rogge.

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