presents: “Talking WrestleMania and Nassau Coliseum with ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper” by Alfonso Castillo

Piper and TCourtesy of writer Alfonso Castilo (photo credit: Tom Buchanan/Courtesy of WWE)

Among wrestling fans, the Nassau Coliseum may be considered “The House that Piper Built.”

From seconding Bob Orton in the main event of the first “Saturday Night’s Main Event” NBC primetime special in 1985, to headlining the New York portion of WrestleMania 2 in a boxing match against Mr. T in 1986, to winning a 1990 Bunkhouse Battle Royal with the help of a chain saw, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has been front and center in some of the most epic wrestling cards the Uniondale arena has ever seen.

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Mr. T to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014

mr tMr. T to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014!

WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced Monday that pop-culture icon Mr. T will be this year’s celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 5 in New Orleans that will be broadcast live, for the first time ever, exclusively on WWE Network at 9:00 PM ET.

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Saturday Night’s MAIN EVENT classic match: Mr. T vs. “Cowboy” Bob Orton in a boxing match – March 1, 1986

SaturdayNightsMainEvent_display_imageIn this classic moment from the March 1, 1986 edition of Saturday Night’s MAIN EVENT, “Cowboy” Bob Orton traded in his wrestling boots for boxing gloves and squared off with film and TV star, Mr. T.  This match was the set-up to WrestleMania 2’s battle between Mr. T and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

Check out this classic match from 1986!