Sure, 1987′s Wrestlemania III is legendary for Andre vs. Hulk and Steamboat vs. Savage, but until recently I’d forgotten how entertaining the Piper vs. Adonis match was!
The set-up, courtesy of Wikipedia:
The feud between Adrian Adonis and Roddy Piper began when, following a leave of absence from the WWF, Piper returned to find his Piper’s Pit segment replaced by The Flower Shop, a segment hosted by then-effeminate wrestler Adrian Adonis. Piper, who returned as a face, spent weeks crashing Adonis’ show and trading insults, leading to a “showdown” between the two segments that ended with Piper being assaulted and humiliated by Adonis, Piper’s former bodyguard “Cowboy” Bob Orton, and Don Muraco. The trio left Piper with his face covered in red lipstick, lying in the middle of the remnants of the destroyed Piper’s Pit set. In response, Piper stormed the set of Adonis’ show and destroyed it with a baseball bat. This led to their Hair vs. Hair match at WrestleMania III, which was billed as Piper’s retirement match from wrestling before becoming a full-time actor.
Roddy of course then retired (for the first time) and went off to star in John Carpenter’s classic They Live.
Anyway, enjoy the video below…Piper’s entrance in front of 90,000 plus is awesome, Adonis (R.I.P.) displays his renowned agility for a big man, and amazing what Jimmy Hart was game for, in terms of being tossed around the ring. Once again, hilarious commentary by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura!