Today In Pro Wrestling History: On January 27, 1981, Roddy Piper achieved a significant milestone by defeating Ric Flair to win the NWA United States Heavyweight Title.
The US Title in Piper’s Hands
At that time, Piper was also the NWA World Television Champion, a title he was subsequently forced to vacate due to his new championship status. This victory marked a pivotal moment in Piper’s career, emphasizing his prominence in the wrestling world.
Piper’s feud with Ric Flair didn’t end with this victory. Throughout 1982 and 1983, they continued their rivalry with numerous matches. Their confrontations were not limited to the Mid-Atlantic region but also extended to places like Portland, Seattle, and Toronto, indicating the national appeal of their rivalry. In these matches, Piper had turned face (good guy), and Flair was wrestling as a heel (bad guy).
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