Rowdy Roddy Piper
Round One Matchup
After last week's Hasbro Classic match between The Ultimate Warrior and The Undertaker ended in a double countout, the winner of this next contest gets a bye in the following round - so the stakes are extremely high!
Right from the get go, Sgt. Slaughter pushed Hot Rod into the corner, showing that the drill sergeant was in full control. The referee (not visible in this photo) thought Slaughter would give a clean break, but as soon as Piper let down his guard, Slaughter rocked him with a suckerpunch to the gut.
With Piper woozy, Slaughter slammed him to the mat and worked him over with a series of kicks to the breadbasket. Ignoring the referee (who again, isn't visible), Slaughter began using his boot to choke Piper's neck, while holding on the ropes for additional leverage. Obviously, Slaughter wasn't playing by the rules tonight.
Sensing an opportunity, Piper caught Slaughter in his tracks and managed to hurl himself at the drill sergeant, and both competitors tumbled outside the ring to the floor below.
Proving that he has a few dirty tricks up his sleeve, too, Piper rammed Slaughter's head into the ring mat and then the ringside post. Even though the referee (not visible) attempted to count both men out, they beat the count in and attempted to end their personal war.
Piper then tossed Slaughter to the ropes, and wrapped his arms around the large chin of the drill sergeant in his patented sleeper hold. While Sarge fought the move, Hot Rod kept applying pressure.
The referee lifted Slaughter's arm three times, and each time, it fell limply to the mat. Sarge was out cold, which counts as a submission victory. Your winner - ROWDY RODDY PIPER!
Piper celebrated in front of the crowd and the invisible referee. Not only had he beaten a former WWF World Champion, but he'd also bought himself a ticket directly in to the semifinals because of the Warrior-Undertaker draw.
Hot Rod's chances of winning the Hasbro Classic have greatly improved!
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