8. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
The Hot Rod survived so much in his life, from violent altercations with fans, to numerous health issues. In 2003, Piper morbidly predicted that he wouldn't make it to age 65, and sadly, he was right, succumbing to an embolism-induced heart attack 12 years later at the age of 61. Despite advancing age, Piper, continued to wrestle beyond his 57th birthday, with his final match coming in August 2011, in circumstances you probably didn't expect.
On Friday, August 12, 2011, The Insane Clown Posse held a nostalgia-themed pay-per-view called JCW Legends and Icons, in the city of Cave-In-Rock, IL. Amid many short matches featuring various stars of yesteryear (think an admittedly more dignified Heroes of Wrestling show), Piper worked the main event, teaming with longtime ally "Cowboy" Bob Orton to take on hardcore legends Mick Foley and Terry Funk. Originally, the match was to be Piper vs. Funk, but an Orton run-in led to Foley getting involved, and the brawl was on from there. Orton pinned Funk to end what few realized was the in-ring swan song for pro wrestling's foremost antagonist.