In the wrestling world there's just a handful of stars that have transcended the squared circle and cemented their legacy as icons of popular culture. There's no doubt that "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is a member of that elite. In a career spanning five decades this brash, kilt wearing antagonist has been loved, hated and admired in equal measure by hordes of fans across the globe.
Inside the squared circle Roddy's legacy is all but unmatched. His legendary rivalry with Hulk Hogan was the catalyst for WWE's supernova expansion in the 1980's, culminating in the main event of the first Wrestlemania super show at New York's Madison Square Garden. Teaming with Paul Orndorff to face Hogan and international superstar Mr T, Roddy was a cornerstone to the "rock n' wrestling" era, a time that launched WWE to become the worldwide entertainment juggernaut that exists today. His "Piper's Pit" segments are held up as the stuff of legend, not least his infamous assault on "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka with a coconut. Countless contemporary stars cite "The Rowdy One" as their inspiration to step between the ropes themselves, such was his influence on the business.
An accomplished actor, Roddy is perhaps best known outside of the ring for his iconic role as George Nada in the classic John Carpenter movie "They Live". The epitomy of cool, he led the fight against the alien invasion and still found time to utter one of Hollywood's classic lines. "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... And I'm all out of bubblegum." Never far from the spotlight, he can currently be found on WWE's newest reality TV show the suitably wild and unpredictable Legends House. An accomplished broadcaster, Roddy has just launched his own weekly podcast which is already on it's way to being a cult phenomenon.
Colt Cabana is a world traveller, a businessman, a tax payer, a Chicago native but above all he is a professional wrestler. A world wide independant pro wrestling star, Colt has created his own niche in the world of entertainment thanks to his innovative podcast "The Art Of Wrestling". The former WWE star can be heard every weekend talking to his friends, peers and colleagues, often joined by close personal friends Cliff Compton, Luke Gallows and CM Punk.
A true innovator, Colt has changed the entire landscape of the business with his podcast. A true artist in the ring, he mixes athleticism and comedy in a way that never fails to entertain. In demand all across the globe, you'll often find him behind the mic for the cultish $5 Wrestling alongside comedian Mart DeRosa.
Displaying an incredible intensity and ferocity in the ring, Davey Richards mixes fierce strikes with an almost unparalleled devotion to technical wrestling. The no-nonsense style that he's become famous for has led him to the Ring Of Honor world championship and numerous tag titles alongside his American Wolves partner Eddie Edwards.
From Japan to Mexico to Europe and beyond, this wolf has hunted in every corner of the globe and continues to do so as part of Impact Wrestling.
"You love me, you hate me... You'll never forget me. Get ready to FEEL... THE... BANG!"
The master of the diamond cutter... The three time WCW world champion... The innovator and CEO of DDP Yoga. Dallas Page is all these things and more. Once dubbing himself "An anomaly", DDP was greeted by incredulity when he decided to train as a professional wrestler in his mid thirties. Fast forward two decades and he's achieved almost everything there is to achieve in the squared circle.
Nowadays he's based out of his accountability crib in Atlanta, Georgia and concerns himself with helping people turn their lives around. Fellow wrestling legends and WWE Hall Of Famers Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Scott Hall say they owe their lives to him. Positive through and through, Dallas is a born motivator and his own success is a testament to his tremendous work ethic.
"Black Machismo! Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh......"
One of the most exciting and dynamic wrestling stars in the industry,, Jay Lethal has been at the cutting edge of the most dynamic action you'll find inside the ring. The former X-Division champion personifies the thrilling, no-limits style that helped shape TNA wrestling during the promotions meteoric rise over the past decade.
In addition to his athletic prowess Jay has a reputation as a tremendous entertainer, not least due to his impressive talent for mimicry. First becoming apparent when he was 'reborn' as Black Machismo Jay Lethal, a loving tribute to the legendary 'Macho Man' Randy Savage he then went on to steal numerous shows with his perfect imitation of 'Nature Boy' Ric Flair.
A multi time Ring Of Honor television champion, Jay's skills continue to see him in huge demand internationally.
He's the king of Memphis... A WWE Hall Of Famer... One of the greatest wrestlers and broadcasters of all time. If there's an iconic moment in professional wrestling that he wasn't part of then there's a good chance he was commentating on it. He's a forty year veteran of the squared circle. He's been loved. He's been hated. He is unlike any other in the grappling world. He's the one and only Jerry "The King" Lawler and in March of 2017 he comes to the UK for his first ever spoken word tour.
A fan in his youth, Jerry Lawler made his in-ring debut in 1970. His unparalleled charisma and connection with the crowds in Memphis, Tennessee soon propelled him to the top of the card. Taking inspiration from his hero Elvis Presley, Jerry referred to himself as The King and it was a name that soon stuck. For the next twenty years he was a the biggest star in the region, tangling with everyone from Hulk Hogan to Ric Flair. Perhaps most famously he found himself at odds with cult comedian Andy Kaufman, resulting in a match and a confrontation on the David Letterman show. Jerry would go on to play himself opposite Jim Carrey in the 1999 Kaufman biopic 'Man On The Moon'.
In 1993 Jerry signed with WWE as a wrestler and commentator, a time that propelled him into the world's spotlight. In his time with WWE he'd go on to be part of numerous famous feuds and moments, gaining incredible popularity as part of a timeless commentary team alongside fellow Hall of Famer Jim Ross.
Mick Foley, the WWE Hall Of Famer and Hardcore Legend currently taking the comedy world by storm. A multi time world champion, best selling author and all round nice guy.
Besotted with the sport of professional wrestling from an early age, Mick Foley famously hitch-hiked to Madison Square Garden to watch his idol "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. Years later he'd find himself back in that very same building as a WWE superstar. Notorious for his willingness to take immense amounts of punishment and incredible risks, the charismatic everyman from Long Island became a hero to millions.
Former Ring Of Honor, TNA and Pro Wrestling Noah star Nigel McGuinness is considered by many to be one of the finest grapplers that the British isles has ever produced. Technically superb, he plied his trade all across the globe until his career was sadly cut short in 2009.
Also known as Desmond Wolfe, Nigel competed against the very best that the business had to offer. His matches with Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and current WWE star Daniel Bryan are legendary.
Having turned his hand to film making Nigel was a pioneer in crowd funding when he filmed, edited and produced his acclaimed documentary "The Last Of McGuinness". Currently residing in Los Angeles, Nigel is the on screen match maker for Ring Of Honor.
Wrestling's gentleman villain... William Regal's career stretches back over three decades, back to his debut as a teenager in Blackpool. Since that time he's wrestled in every continent and carved a legacy for himself as a WCW and WWE superstar.
Regarded as one of the finest wrestlers in the world, William Regal is a natural born entertainer through and through. Beloved in his home nation, he's skilled enough to incite hatred one moment and then gales of laughter the next.
The former WWE Intercontinental, European and Tag Team champion now concerns himself with helping the next generation of superstars. He can also be found providing his own uniquely brilliant commentary on WWE's NXT programme.