Piper and Orndorff tell Mean Gene, “We told you not to come.”

Before the first WrestleMania in 1985, the WWF syndicated TV shows filmed a training session in which Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff were preparing for their main event match with Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

This was a hilarious segment, thanks in large part to Gene Okerlund’s dead-panning and Piper’s bantering. The details in the piece are great, too, such as Piper slamming the weight on Mean Gene’s fingers.

Towards the end, Piper and Orndorff kept telling Okerlund, “We told you not to come.”

The next scene was Orndorff and Cowbody Bob Orton — who served as Piper’s bodyguard and is the father of current star Randy Orton — throwing Okerlund out the door and onto a city sidewalk. A “passerby” came to help Okerlund and received a beating for his effort. Okerlund ended with a great closing line: “God, Piper, this is disgusting!” The segment was different for its time and an effective promo for the big show.

Sadly, the segment also had some veiled racist remarks from Orndorff about Mr. T and African Americans. That type of bigotry would never be exploited today. Never.

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