The Randy Savage Story, WWE’s Blu-ray and DVD release focusing on the life and career of “Macho Man” Randy Savage, is a must watch for wrestling fans. This title, which was released on November 18, 2014, comprises a full documentary and various classic matches over a three-disc set. The documentary is particularly interesting since WWE doesn’t shy away from controversy.
For the first time ever, WWE looks at where things went wrong between Savage and Vince McMahon. Savage’s behind-the-scenes treatment of Miss Elizabeth and subsequent divorce is discussed. WWE also appears to acknowledge the long-standing rumor of Savage having a relationship with Stephanie McMahon.
There is a strange segment in the documentary where it is specifically mentioned how unusual it is that Savage was ignored by WWE in the post-2001 era. This shows that WWE knows that its treatment of Savage over the years is perceived by fans as odd.
This is not acknowledged on the documentary, but Vince always had strange reactions to people bringing up the idea of a Savage return in the early 2000s, even by his standards. The most well-known one saw him get very somber and calmly say, “I do not wish to do business with that man.” He was more staunchly against using Savage than he had been about anyone he was ever engaged in any kind of war with.
Although Savage’s inexplicable banishment from the company is not explained, there is a subtle implication that Stephanie was somehow involved.
The rumor is that Savage was involved in a sexual relationship with Stephanie during his final year in WWE (1994), and Vince didn’t find out about it until years later. While this allegation has never been verified, Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer has said that even top WWE officials believed the rumor to be fact, and it’s also his theory on why Vince hated Savage.
In March 2010, Meltzer was asked outright about the rumor on Wrestling Observer Radio.
“I think that the reason is the same reason that everyone says. It’s the reason everyone in (WWE) says. It’s the reason that is the only one that makes any sense. So I think that’s the reason. I can’t come up with any other reason. I don’t know. I mean, I’ve heard that reason from so many people that are not internet rumormongers, I mean people who — all I know is that within the company as far as the top people, they all believe it, and nobody knows for sure, because it’s never brought up,” he said.
“When I first heard the story I didn’t believe it because I thought it was just some story, but then, and I mean even when people who are very high up in that company, after they left the company, would tell me that story I still didn’t believe it, but, you know, after a certain number of years when it’s just, you know, ideas are brought up for Randy Savage and the reaction — there’s something real, real bad because, let’s face it, I mean, I couldn’t count the number of times Vince said he would never do business with Hulk Hogan, and he always does. So, I don’t know . . . actually, as time goes by, more people talk about it trying to say that it didn’t happen.”
The segment on the documentary begins with Lanny Poffo (Savage’s brother) mentioning that Savage was unhappy with Triple H calling him a dinosaur in an interview. Savage then posted a video on his official website, MachoMan.com, calling out “The Game.” A snippet of the video, which remains alive through YouTube, plays on the documentary, with Savage saying, “Triple H, I’ll bitch slap you and then take your girl.”
Poffo is then shown saying, “All that does is throw gasoline on the fire.”
It appears as though WWE wanted to touch on the Stephanie rumor, but could only do so in this roundabout way.
“Obviously we don’t know the full story and as they say in heaven, we never will,” WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes said.
The segment ends with a photo of Randy and Vince. The camera lingers on the image and then fades.
“An inexplicable banishment from the WWE was probably disconcerting for Randy,” the narrator says.