Venue: Rosemont Horizon, Illinois, USA
Match: Hulk Hogan v Rowdy Roddy Piper
Title: WWF World Heavyweight Title
Regarded as the greatest wrestler of all-time, Hulk Hogan has been at the forefront of WWF (now WWE) since its inception in 1979.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea, was born on August 11, 1953. Known at one time for having the largest biceps in the world, the iconic American wrestler enjoyed mainstream popularity in the 1980s and 1990s as the all-American character Hulk Hogan in the World Wrestling Federation and as “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, the villainous nWo leader, in World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Hulk Hogan has been a 12 time World Champion as well as a 6 time WWF/WWE World Heavyweight Champion during his marathon of a career regular beating his opponents and headlining countless pay-per-view events since he appeared in Wrestlemania I in 1985. Overcoming foes such as Mr Wonderful, King Kong Bundy and Andre the Giant along the way, Hulk Hogan was set to defend his title against the smug and loathsome Rowdy Roddy Piper. Piper who hailed from Canada always claimed to have Scottish heritage, hence, was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music.
The match took place as part of ‘The Westling Classic’ event and the animosity between the two wrestlers was building up for quite some time as Piper had been goading and harassing the champion for many months. Known for not being afraid of any fellow professional wrestler, Hogan agreed to give the loud-mothed Piper a shot at his title much to the pleasue of the fans who had been crying out for this match for some time.
The air was tense and a jam-packed Rosemont Horizon in Illinois waited in anticipation to see whether Piper would be good at his word and take the title from the seemingly invincible champion. The match started slowly as boith wrestlers cautiously stalked one another looking for the first opportunity and after several minutes of evading one another, Hogan applied a bearhug on Piper. The ecstatic crowd went dilarious thinking that their champion was in control until Piper responded with a sleeper hold. After Hogan escaped the sleeper hold, the match went out of control and the referee was knocked out in the process. Realising the referee was out cold, Piper hit Hogan with a steel chair knocking him out of the ring. After gaining concionce, Hogan applied a sleeper hold of his own on Piper until Piper’s sidekick Bob Orton came out and hit Hogan with his cast knocking the champion out cold. The referee saw this and disqualified Piper in the process much to the relief of Hogan’s fans. Piper became incensed at the disqualification and along with Orton, they both continued to assault Hogan until Paul Orndorff came out to clear the ring and help the champion receive his world heavyweight title belt. A classic match in every sense and Hulk-a-mania continued to rule!