to bow out tonight, By Meghan E. Murphy - 18th April
CITY OF NEWBURGH — No one can
predict what will happen when Rowdy Roddy Piper enters
the wrestling arena with bagpipes blaring tonight.
Only one thing's for certain: The legend says it will
be the last time he'll set foot in a ring.
day after his 54th birthday, the WWE Hall of Famer
promises fans one last "Piper's Pin" at
Newburgh Free Academy's Spring Slam. The fundraising
event will also feature a title bout between Olympic
Gold Medalist Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe, New Windsor's
Tony DeVito and the wrestling debut of K104 DJ Chris
Marino. Samoa Joe took the Total Nonstop Action wrestling
title from Angle just five days ago in a pay-per-view
about 1,400 fans will get bleacher seats for the retirement
match of one of World Wrestling Entertainments' biggest
names. Piper has made only occasional ring appearances
in the past few years, but said he couldn't turn down
an opportunity to help raise money for young wrestlers.
left home at 13 and slept in youth hostels. His first
coach advised him to look into amateur competition
to stay out of trouble.
38 years of wrestling, Piper's won 38 pro titles and
more than 7,000 matches. He's also been stabbed three
times, suffered spine injuries, has a titanium hip
and last year beat Hodgkin's lymphoma. Tonight's match
benefits the Newburgh Wrestling Boosters Club, which
last year sent a dozen students to camp with Spring
Slam proceeds. Coach Jeff Cuilty said the impact on
the team of this fundraiser is evident: The team won
the league title this year.
will sign autographs and take photos with fans at
6 p.m. Bell time is 8 p.m. at NFA, 201 Fullerton Ave.Tickets
start at $15. For more information, visit www.northeastwrestling.com.