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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CLASSIC VIDEO: WWF and MTV present the “War to Settle the Score” February 18, 1985

Hogan WarAs with “The Brawl to End It All”, only the final match on the card was televised on MTV.  The undercard featured two title matches, however. The first featured Wendi Richter, accompanied by Cyndi Lauper, defending her title against Leilani Kai, who was managed by the Fabulous Moolah. Kai defeated Richter to win the title belt.

In the following match, Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo defeated The Spoiler and The Assassin to retain the WWF tag team championship.

In the main event match, Hulk Hogan defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper by disqualification to defend the WWF Championship.  Paul Orndorff and Bob Orton, Jr. interfered in the match on Piper’s behalf.  Hogan’s friend Mr. T was sitting at ringside; at the end of the match, he and Lauper entered the ring after the match but were attacked by Piper and his friends. During the brawl, Piper kicked Lauper in the head.

Place: Madison Square Garden, New York

Watch the classic match here: