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"Macho Man" Randy Savage

Randy Savage
"Macho Man" Randy Savage

This unmistakable second-generation competitor began his full-time professional wrestling career in 1979 after spending years as a Major League Baseball catching prospect.

Randy "Macho Man" Savage debuted in the World Wrestling Federation in 1985 with "Classy" Freddie Blassie, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, and Mr. Fuji vying to be his manager. He shocked the world when he signed with the unknown Miss Elizabeth. Savage came to the ring to the song Pomp and Circumstance, dressed in extravagant sequined robes, headbands, and wrap-around sunglasses. (Continue Reading ») | (Photo Gallery ») | (Miss Elizabeth Photos ») | (A Look At The Randy Savage and Stephanie Rumors »)

"MACHO MAN" RANDY SAVAGE FEATURES

The "Macho Man" served notice to all that he was an elite talent when he reached the finals of the company's first pay-per-view, The Wrestling Classic. On February 8, 1986, he used a foreign object to defeat Tito Santana for the Intercontinental Championship. The "Macho Man" did everything imaginable to keep his championship, even if meant putting Elizabeth in front of him. Savage's next opponent was more interested in his gorgeous manager than defeating him in the ring. George "The Animal" Steele entered into a string of violent matches that resulted in Savage leaving WrestleMania 2 victorious. In November 1986, "Macho Madness" took a dangerous turn when he crushed the larynx of Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat with the timekeeper's bell and put him out of commission for months. Upon Steamboat's return, a championship rematch was signed for WrestleMania III. Despite the fact that Savage lost, this contest is regarded as one of the greatest matches in sports entertainment history.

Months after this epic battle, Savage was the victim of an attack by the Honky Tonk Man and the Hart Foundation. When this included an assault on Miss Elizabeth, one of the most thrilling moments in WWF history followed as "Macho Madness" and Hulkamania joined forces. As Randy moved through the WWF Championship tournament at WrestleMania IV, the Hulkster came to ringside for the tournament to watch Savage's back. With a capacity crowd on its feet, "Macho Man" dropped his famous elbow on "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and became the WWF Champion. Sadly, miscommunication and misunderstandings led to Savage attacking Hulk Hogan in the locker room after their match against the Twin Towers on The Main Event. This resulted in the Mega Powers exploding at WrestleMania V. In one of the more hotly anticipated matches in WrestleMania history, Hogan defeated Savage for the title.

Savage began the new decade with a new valet, Sensational Sherri. The two became royalty when he beat "King" Jim Duggan and became the "Macho King." After a series of matches against Dusty Rhodes, Savage turned his attention to Ultimate Warrior. The two met in a Retirement Match at WrestleMania VII, which Savage lost. Sherri attacked her fallen client, but was chased off by a returning Miss Elizabeth. The two reunited in a wash of emotion and a "Match Made in Heaven" was set for SummerSlam on August 26, 1991. A heartfelt ceremony turned frightful when Jake Roberts presented them a wrapped gift that contained a deadly king cobra which bit Savage. After being reinstated by Jack Tunney, Savage defeated Roberts on Saturday Night's Main Event.

Savage was once again tested as Ric Flair made scandalous remarks about a one-time relationship with Miss Elizabeth. At WrestleMania VII, "Macho Man" not only cleared the name of his wife, but defeated Flair to become WWF Champion for the second time. Randy then made the move to the broadcast booth for WWF programs, including the first episode of Monday Night Raw and WrestleMania IX. At WrestleMania X, he defeated former pupil Crush in a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match.

In 1994, he traveled to World Championship Wrestling where he became a four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion before leaving the organization in 1999. Randy later invaded the mainstream when he made his Hollywood debut as "Bonesaw McGraw" in the 2002 blockbuster film Spiderman. In 2003, he released his rap album Be a Man. In 2010, "Macho Man" was included as a part of Mattel's WWE Legends Series, his first WWE action figure in over fifteen years.

"Macho Man" Randy Savage is revered as one of the greatest figures in all of sports-entertainment and a true legend in the ring. Sadly, on May 20, 2011, Randy Savage suffered a heart attack while driving his car and passed away. Randy "Macho Man" Savage remains one of the greatest figures in all of sports-entertainment and a true legend in the ring. Savage combined unparalleled athleticism, charisma, determination, and skill to dominate opponents and amaze fans worldwide.

Steve Austin On Why Kevin Nash Should Headline The WWE HOF Over Randy Savage

"Macho Man" Randy Savage will finally enter the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 28

The latest edition of The Steve Austin Show (listen here) took on a number of listener questions, but few were as potentially controversial as one concerning the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.

Many in the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) have been wondering why WWE officials plan to relegate “Macho Man” Randy Savage to a supporting role, playing second fiddle to Kevin Nash (a/k/a Diesel).

For “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, a friend of Nash’s, the decision made sense. Fast forwarding to the 39-minute mark, that’s where Austin, a wrestling purist, said things that to many fans didn’t make sense, in part because he seemed uncomfortable with the question and rambled for a couple of minutes on Savage’s meaning to the business.

He shared memories of a four-minute match that he worked with Savage where he “did the favors” early in his career and praised Savage’s work with Jerry “The King” Lawler in the USWA.

He also lamented the fact that he never got to work with Randy in his prime when Austin was also in his prime. After a couple of minutes, he reluctantly delved deeper into the question with this.

“This was a rumor today, a story that had been teased that Kevin Nash is that guy. It seems what you’re asking me is, ‘Shouldn’t Macho Man Randy Savage be the headliner and not Kevin Nash?’... It’s gonna be haywire when they put him in because everybody knows that he should have been in a long time ago. The thing about putting him in as the headliner ... I think you want the headliner to be someone who can be present and speak for themselves. Now I say that with respect. I believe Hulk Hogan is gonna introduce Randy into the Hall of Fame, but I’m thinking that it’s gonna be Randy’s brother, Lanny Poffo, who will be receiving the ring and doing the acceptance speech for Randy Savage. Of course, Lanny Poffo is very articulate, very eloquent, and it’s a very special occasion for Randy Savage and the whole Poffo Family. But I think, in this case, you know, and it’s gonna be a feel-good moment that he’s in. Everybody will love it. But I think when you’re going in front of a bunch of people, the best case scenario is to have someone who is alive and present and can cut a promo and talk in their own right, and that’s ‘Big Sexy’ Kevin Nash. I think that’s the thinking on that.”

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