Miss Elizabeth adjusted her crown. Scary Sherri gave a blink of her mascara darkened eyes. The Hulkster, one half of the mega powers, is saying his prayers. All these unique acts of wrestling history symbolize something wrestling fans all over the world have been waiting on edge to see happen. The legend, “Macho Man” Randy Savage will be inducted as the first member of the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 the night before WrestleMania 31 on March 29 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Oooh Yeah!
Savage, a 6-time World Champion, was a fixture within the WWE in the 80’s and was one the main reasons for their success. His in ring ability, unmistakable voice, and charismatic interviews were what separated him from all of the rest. The technical skills he displayed and high-flying ability were qualities that led some to remember him as one of the greatest in-ring technicians of all time. His signature climb to the top rope and magnificent elbow drop will go down in history as one of the best. We all remember the music, the robe and the spin. The bedazzled garments could be seen sparkling from one arena to the next.
Savage, who died suddenly in 2011 in a fatal car accident, has always been a fan favorite to get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but rumored tension between him and Vince McMahon, which was carried on after Savage’s death by his younger brother Lanny Poffo, lead many to believe this induction would never happen.
Now that the time is here we get to reflect on his marvelous career and speculate what some his greatest moments were. The best part about the speculation is that it is a matter of opinion, which leads us to many beliefs. So what was his better character, WCW/WWE? What was his greatest match? I personally preferred him in the WWE character and reflect below on a few of my favorite matches.
Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair (WrestleMania VIII, April 5, 1992 – Indianapolis, IN)
For months, in classic fashion, WWF Champion Ric Flair taunted Savage by claiming to have been with Miss Elizabeth. This enraged Savage, who had a chance to win the belt and restore his wife’s dignity in one event. This was a great match that included Mr. Perfect, Flair’s second at that time, to get involved and try to preserve a win. However, after his attempt at interference, Savage fought it off rolling up Flair and pulling his tights to become champion for the second time.
Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan (WrestleMania V, April 2, 1989 – Atlantic City, NJ)
The Mega Powers explode! Savage and Hogan split two months earlier, with Savage accusing his one time friend of having wandering eyes for Miss Elizabeth. After the inevitable split, Hogan vowed to set Savage straight by taking his gold. A heated main event saw Savage pull Liz his way as Hogan tried to throw a punch. After Savage busted Hogan open, he landed the Flying Elbow, but The Hulkster kicked out. The champ then fell victim to Hogan’s trademark finish, including the signature Leg Drop, and Macho Man’s paranoia led to his year-long World Title reign coming to an end.
Obviously, there are a ton of matches that could be up for review, but these are 2 off the top of my head that give me good memories. What are your greatest moments and matches? Thoughts?
Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)