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March 14, 2008

Top 20 WrestleMania moments: No. 17

Roddy Piper vs. Goldust (WrestleMania XII, 1996)

Hardcore matches and falls-count-anywhere matches that go all over the arena and even outside the building have become passé, but that wasn’t the case when Piper and Goldust battled in a Hollywood Back-lot Brawl. In this instance, the match actually started outside – in a Hollywood back lot – and ended inside the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif. The fight began with Piper brutalizing Goldust with a baseball bat, but Goldust eventually gained the upper hand, jumped into his gold Cadillac and struck Piper with his car. After Goldust sped away, Piper got into a white Ford Bronco and chased after him.

Later in the show, WWE showed stock footage of the infamous O.J. Simpson low-speed chase, as Vince McMahon did the voiceover and acted as if it was Piper chasing Goldust. Eventually, the match ended up in the ring, where Piper disrobed Goldust, who was wearing black lingerie. The humiliated Goldust ran back to the dressing room and Piper was declared the winner. It wasn’t exactly a wrestling match, but it was definitely unique and entertaining.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 5:01 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Top 20 WrestleMania moments


A friend who hated wrestling happened to be hanging out in a house that had Wrestlemania XII on the screen. He later told me that "Roddy Piper beating up Goldust" was the only funny thing he had seen in wrestling.

Didn't Piper really beat the heck out of Goldust?

I remember reading that Piper broke his hand because he punched Rhodes too hard in the face.

RESPONSE FROM KEVIN ECK: I have heard that as well but I'm not sure if the broken hand story was legit. Piper did potato Goldust, that's for sure.

And with this pick your list has officially become SUSPECT.

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