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Portland Wrestling making its return to KPTV

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Colt Toombs (left) and Rowdy Roddy Piper (right). Colt Toombs (left) and Rowdy Roddy Piper (right).

An all-time wrestling legend is breathing new life back into the local wrestling scene, and helping usher in the historic return of Portland Wrestling on KPTV.

Rowdy Roddy Piper, one of the people behind Portland Wrestling: Uncut, is a name synonymous with WWF's explosion onto the mainstream in the 1980s.

"I come in the (Madison Square) Garden and there's Liberace with the Rockettes and Andy Warhol taking pictures of my shoes. Holy cow, we're on the front of Time magazine," he said. "What's going on?"

But after 42 years in the wrestling business, Piper is turning his attention to a new generation.

"I was hoping to bring for KPTV a brand new style of professional wrestling," he said.

Piper, a longtime Hillsboro resident, is part of a team putting Portland Wrestling back on the air after a 21-year hiatus.

"They said, 'Hey, you want to get involved?' And I jumped all over it," Piper said.

At KPTV's headquarters in Beaverton, Studio B has been transformed into the home of Portland Wrestling: Uncut.

Jumping in with him will be his 23-year-old son, Colt Toombs, who watched his father's life play out on television. Toombs said he didn't always understand the line between wrestling and reality.

"He was dying there in front of me. I couldn't do the translation. He would come home all beat up and battered," he said. "It was rough."

In his television debut 15 years ago, as an 8-year-old, Toombs stole the show with his father by his side.

"I'm safe when I'm with him. He's dad. So no matter what, when I was that age, or now, as long as I'm with him, I know I'll be OK," he said.

Portland Wrestling will be back on KPTV starting Saturday night after the World Series game.

"It's Portland Wrestling, but I dubbed it uncut, because the folks are going to see some mistakes," Piper said. "And they're going to see some embarrassing moments, I imagine."

Portland Wrestling: Uncut will get a helping hand from Good Day Oregon feature reporter Joe V, who is adding backstage interviewer to his resume.

"There's a very good chance that one or two of these guys is going to go on to something big and you'll say, I knew them when. That'll be really cool to see," said Joe V.

For Piper, it's simply good to be home doing what he loves.

"I fell in love with it. I fell in love with KPTV, and I fell in love with Portland Wrestling and stayed loyal to them to this day," he said.

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