Top 25 WrestleMania stars: No. 9

WrestleMania history


1 (1985): Along with Paul Orndorff, lost to Hulk Hogan and Mr. T

2 (1986): Lost to Mr. T by disqualification in a boxing match


3 (1987): Defeated Adrian Adonis in a hair vs. hair match. It was billed as Piper's retirement match.

6 (1990): Wrestled Bad News Brown to a double countout

8 (1992): Lost the Intercontinental title to Bret Hart

12 (1996): Defeated Goldust in a Hollywood Back Lot Brawl

Non-wrestling appearances

5 (1989): Hosted Piper's Pit with Morton Downey Jr. and Brother Love

7 (1991): Was in Virgil's corner for his match against Ted DiBiase

10 (1994): Was guest referee in WWF title match between Hart and Yokozuna

11 (1995): Was guest referee in I Quit match between Hart and Bob Backlund

19 (2003): Did a run-in during Hogan vs. Vince McMahon match

21 (2005): Hosted Piper's Pit with Steve Austin

Comments: Every great babyface needs a great heel to go against, and Piper was that guy for Hogan. ... Tag-team match at the inaugural WrestleMania is perhaps the most hyped match ever, and it laid a strong foundation for what WrestleMania would become. ... Boxing match against Mr. T headlined the New York portion of WM 2, which took place in three cities. ... Retirement match against Adonis was promoted as the top match on the undercard at WM 3, ahead of the famous Randy Savage-Ricky Steamboat match. ... He and fellow babyface Hart perhaps stole the show at WM 8. ... Final wrestling appearance (until this coming WrestleMania) was the memorable Back Lot Brawl against Goldust at WM 12 that began in a Hollywood lot, included an O.J. Simpson-inspired car chase and ended in the ring. ... Continued to be a presence at WrestleMania over the years in various capacities.


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