Piper (Roderick George Toombs) is born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada despite being billed from Glasgow, Scotland during his career. After a dispute with his father, Piper leaves home and stays in youth hostels and works odd jobs. He begins playing bagpipes as a young man. He makes his professional wrestling debut at age 15, playing his own entrance music on his bagpipe. The announcer calls him Roddy the Piper which later sticks as his ring name, Roddy Piper.