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This week we are traveling all the way back to 1985 for a special “VHS Rewind”. You remember those days… rock ‘n’ wrestling was taking over your TV, Hulkamania was runnin’ wild and you just got your first Iron Sheik LJN action figure.
In many ways, 1985 in the World Wrestling Federation was the “Year of the Piper,” Rowdy Roddy, that is. Piper seemed to be everywhere, battling WWE Champion Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania, stabbing Paul Orndoff in the back, plotting, scheming harassing guests on his Piper’s Pit television program and, in general, making life miserable for as many people as he could. Simply put, Rowdy Roddy Piper was at his arrogant best.
And so, without further ado, let’s turn it over to our colleague “Mean Gene” for a complete run down and what you should expect from this release!
Hi again everyone “Mean Gene” Okerlund welcoming you to the third program on outstanding individuals in the World Wrestling Federation’s official home video series produced by Coliseum Video. Now in the past we have presented entire shows on Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, but this one ladies and gentlemen I am not sure just exactly how I feel because the show you are about to witness is about Rowdy Roddy Piper. Now as fans know, Mr. Piper and myself are not exactly the best of friends, but I agreed to do this particular cassette… I thought really, I thought it would be interesting and what’s the first thing I discover?
Andre’s tape is titled simply Andre the Giant, Hogan’s is appropriately called Hulkamania, but what is Rowdy Roddy Piper calling his tape? You’re not going to believe this! Rowdy Roddy Pipers Greatest Hits. Give me a break… Please Piper. I mean the nerve of this man. The size of his ego it’s simply astounding. Greatest hits indeed.
Ok. Ok. Let’s start over.
Look I will admit the man is not without talent. Afterall he is 6’3” and a solid 252 lbs. As a teenage he was an international golden gloves boxing champion and I think a fascinating piece of wrestling trivia is that Mr. Piper was the youngest professional wrestler on record, competing in his first bout at the age of 16. And I must also admit that he manages to keep fans attention outside the ring as well with his own interview show… the infamous Piper’s Pit. And we’re going to show you some of the more memorable Pit segments including one no one has ever seen before that Mr. Piper has kindly consented to make especially for this home video cassette.
So, why don’t we go right on now to Piper’s Pit and see what is in store!
Rowdy Roddy Piper & Dr. D David Schultz vs. Andre the Giant & Superfly Jimmy Snuka
“The War To Settle The Score” WWE Championship: Hulk Hogan w/ Cyndi Lauper & Captain Lou Albano vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper w/ Cowboy Bob Orton
Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Superfly Jimmy Snuka
Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. The Tonga Kid w/ Superfly Jimmu Snuka
Rowdy Roddy Piper & Cowboy Bob Orton vs. Superfly Jimmy Snuka & The Tonga Kid
Piper’s Pit Listings;
Andre The Giant
Rowdy Roddy Piper (Coliseum Video Exclusive!)
Superfly Jimmy Snuka
The Tonga Kid
Rowdy Roddy Piper’s Greatest Hits
Suggested Retail: $59.95
Approx Running Time: 90 mins
Catalog Number: WF009
Box Format: Clamshell
Series: Superstar Profiles
Opening: It began over 5,000 years ago when civilization was young…
Host: “Mean Gene” Okerlund