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Roddy Piper vs Mr. Perfect (WWF MSG Network 12/28/90)

WWF WWE Roddy Piper Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig MSG December 28 1990 3.75*

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#1 Loss

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:26 PM

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:06 PM

Excellent match. It's nice to see Piper back in the ring. Perfect has been a bump machine all year, but what put this over the top as a match and performance was his selling. The bumping had a logic and progression to it that made sense, instead of just being for show. There were some great nearfalls down the stretch of this too. I would have liked a real finish, but this is a Roddy Piper WWF match. This deserves a more complete write-up sometime when I'm not getting burned out.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

This is probably my favorite Piper match in WWF. It might be my favorite Perfect in WWF match too. It's one of my favorite WWF matches of the year.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:00 PM

I think there's also a Toronto (from Maples Leaf Garden) match between those two, which looks exactly the same.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:45 AM

This was a really good match. Hennig was on fire and Piper was with him the whole way.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:19 AM

With days to spare, we may have found our WWF MOTY. What jumped out to me was how from a layout standpoint this didn't feel like a WWF match much at all. Piper playing duck-and-run at the beginning, punching away at Perfect wouldn't have looked out of place in the Mid-South Coliseum--Piper as a babyface Dundee unloading on Perfect as Lawler. The brawling has more intensity to it than just about anything else the WWF has put out on the year, and then we damn near go All-Japan at the end. Not in terms of big moves, but the back-and-forth near-falls come at a similar pace. It's all much more back-and-forth than the shine-heat-comeback three-step formula that the WWF had standardized. Not really a bad countout finish at all, and the post-match brawl is just as frenzied and heated as the brawling during the match. This had a much "bigger" atmosphere than Rockers/POP despite the same setting and made one anxious to see more--that's enough to put this at #1 for the promotion for me for 1990.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:29 PM

As much as Mr. Perfect was a disappointment compared to Portland and AWA Henning, he was still one of the company's better workers in 1990. And this was probably his best match of the year, given that the Tito match I liked was so short. In both cases, Henning eschewed showy bullshit and sold that he was a guy trying desperately to endure the fury of inspired babyfaces. Really liked Piper here as well. I often find that he's a better brawler in theory than in practice. But in this case, he brought a real fire to everything he did. Definitely on the short list for WWF MOTY.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:03 PM

Piper drags Perfect around the ring by the hair. Piper looking good in this match. He kicks out of the Perfect Plex. That move became useless over the course of the year. Perfect ends up getting counted out. Good Piper performance withe the typical non finish for his matches. Overall, WWF didn't really deliver a whole lot of strong matches for the year.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:58 AM

Really good match combining the best character aspects of each character with good wrestling and bumping. Even though Perfect bombed with top guys in 1990 I must commend him for having two of the best matches of the year in WWF with Tito and now Piper. Piper was still in good shape at this point. Would be fun to compare this to something like vs. Bret at WM 8.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:57 AM

This was an excellent match, one of the best from this era of the WWF as far as I'm concerned, but that finish sucked. What made it worse was that they re-used it in both of their '91 matches at Copps Coliseum on 1/25 and Orlando on 2/18. Both those matches are good, but they're the same match with a couple of extra spots thrown in. The Orlando match is shocking good for a Coliseum Video match, tho.

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 02:12 AM

This match felt like the start to a long feud, as these two brought more hatred to this bout than they did in any of their programs all year long. You really got the feeling that they wanted to pound the hell out of each other, which is exactly what they did.


One aspect of this that few realize is that Piper's arthritic hip had to be killing him here. That's probably one reason why he's dirtier than usual, even for him; he probably couldn't wrestle at this point, literally. But he could sure fight. Curt adapts well to this style and really lets everything hang out. It's obvious for more reasons than one that Rod's not getting the title- for one thing, Curt had just gotten it back two weeks ago- but he satisfies himself and his public by laying Curt out cold with the belt at the end.


It's a shame that these two couldn't have had more matches when one or the other wasn't nearly crippled; by the time Rod's hip had been replaced and he was able to get back in the ring, Curt's back was out. Would Piper have been a better IC champion than Bret after SummerSlam '91? Probably not; it was Bret's time to shine. But if Vince had chosen to go with Piper instead, it would have been a solid choice based on this match.


I guess Bobby was either home for the holidays or off the road due to his neck; it's very odd to see him not make MSG.


I guess Lord Alfred was in his tweener mode by now, as he was pro-Perfect for most of this match. Granted, the style that Piper was using made it hard to defend him, but it's still odd to hear the bland, gentlemanly Lordship that I remember supporting heels. Giving them credit where it's due, yes, but not supporting them.


Sadly enough, another WWF announcer has started going downhill: Howard Finkel. I hate that unnaturally high voice he used to do the intros here, especially when he has what I consider an ideal ring announcer's voice to begin with. I know Vince was all about loudness and high energy almost to the exclusion of everything else by now, but that style fits certain people better than others. Howard's definitely one of the others.


As good as this was, it simply can't compare to the spectacle of Hogan/Warrior or the surprise goodness that was Hogan/Hansen. But it noses out the Rockers/Harts title change that wasn't to finish my WWF ballot for this year at number three.

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Posted 18 September 2016 - 03:12 PM

I agree. Top 3 (WWF), and definite WWF MOTY contender here. I loved this. I'd have to think about it. The presence of both guys off the charts here. Loved the post-Match brawl as well and digging then Lawler/Dundee comparison.

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 03:54 AM

Is there any footage of their match in Portland in the early 80's?

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 03:16 PM

I've been watching a lot of Portland lately, and unfortunately I haven't seen anything out there with Piper vs. Hennig.  However, please let me know if you find it!

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 10:41 AM

It's mentioned in the new book written by his son and daughter that he worked Curt when he came back to Oregon to marry his wife in 1982. No idea if it was televised or not.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 10:22 AM

Great match between the two best high end guys left in the WWF.  Loved Piper's fire here.

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