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[1991-04-27-WWF-Superstars] Funeral Parlor: Roddy Piper

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Piper has some fun with Paul Bearer and furthers the DiBiase feud. Piper loves to talk about what wrestlers were like when they were babies, which I always thought was a little creepy.

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Bearer introduces "Roddy Roddy Piper" as his guest, and Vince's disgust with that error is palpable. Piper's baby fetish isn't as creepy as seeing Piper and Virgil play with wrestling buddies and Virgil doing a falsetto Sherri voice. Piper and Virgil: meaner than the LAPD!

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Piper has some fun with Bearer. Roddy wants Bearer to hit him from behind. Virgil is there to block the punch though. Virgil will always have Piper’s back. Piper and Virgil play with dolls pretending to be DiBiase/Sherri.

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Piper has been real good in 1991 as he is his usually crazy self but its restrained just enough to be sensible. I also like how WM was just a catalyst for most of the feuds.

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I'm not sure being verbally dominated on your own segment did much good for Percy, but even this late in the game Piper has no peer on the mic when he chooses to give his best. There were no real standout lines here, just an overall above-average performance. The stuff with the dolls was a bit out there, but I cracked up all the same.

 

I don't get what's so creepy about Piper bringing up Teddy's supposed childhood and comparing it to his own. Sometimes I think we let Piper's admittedly far-out ramblings from later in his career color what he did earlier, and that's not fair. Rod was never meant to be Nick Bockwinkel, calmly using two-dollar words to insult his opponents without them even knowing it. He was meant to be a raving, rambling crazy man who was mostly out there to be funny and insulting. I liked how he taunted Percy/Paul with his resemblance to Gomez Addams, and I was kind of disappointed that Percy no-sold it. Maybe The Addams Family never happened in Paul Bearer's world. As I said earlier, Percy kind of came off as second-class here, and while that's inevitable with Piper as your guest, it may not have been the best thing for the development of The Funeral Parlor as a viable interview segment.

 

Virgil handled his small part well, and his Scary Sherri voice was hilarious. He's still not quite "ready for his closeup", as it were, but he will be by SummerSlam at this rate.

 

I wonder why Taker wasn't playing Ace Orton to Percy's Piper here. Maybe Vince figured that having Taker around to watch Percy's back would discourage the physical confrontations that are sometimes needed to develop angles on shows like this.

 

I'm surprised they didn't do a retake when Percy introduced his guest as "Roddy Roddy Piper". I don't think it was intentional; if it had been, he would have called him "Rodney" instead.

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This was garbage. I hate Roddy Piper's 'cute' promos. He makes fun of Bearer and then gets pissed when Bearer makes one comment. Piper's character work in the 90s is the absolute worst.

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I honestly thought this killed the Parlor. Piper no-sells the fear the segment is supposed to carry and makes into a weird looking Piper's Pit episode.

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