The Story of “Macho Man” Randy Savage

THE STORY AND CAREER OF “MACHO MAN” RANDY SAVAGE

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Article written by Dylan Devine (8/3/20)

“Macho Man” Randy Savage is one of the greatest wrestlers in professional wrestling history. Today I will be going in depth on the story and career of one of the all time greats.

Early career

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Before Savage began wrestling he was actually a very good baseball player. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals straight out of high school. He played 289 minor league games batting .254 , with 16 home runs and 129 RBI’s. After he gave up baseball he broke into the wrestling business. He worked in Michigan, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and in the eastern Tennessee territory.

WWF debut

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After wrestling in different territories for some time, Savage was signed to the WWF in June of 1985. He was known as the “top free agent in professional wrestling”. He initially appeared on Tuesday Night Titans being teamed with a variety of different legendary managers. After some time the WWF wanted savage to have a female manager. Vince McMahon and the WWF wanted him to have a female manager who was tall and blonde. Savage proposed the idea of having his girlfriend, Miss Elizabeth as his manager although she was not tall and wasn’t blonde. WWF liked the idea and were aboard. In 1985 Savage began feuding with then Intercontinental Champion, Tito Santana.

Intercontinental Champion

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In his first match against Santana he failed to capture the Intercontinental Championship, but in their rematch at the February 24th, 1986 edition of Prime Time Wrestling Savage defeated Santana to become the new Intercontinental Champion. He then went on to feud with George “The Animal” Steele and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat over the title. He defeated Steele, and was set to face Steamboat at WrestleMania three.

Savage vs. Steamboat WrestleMania 3

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This match at WrestleMania three between Savage and Steamboat is widely regarded as one of the greatest matches of all time. It was very much planned out which made it special. Steamboat ultimately defeated Savage to become the new Intercontinental Champion ending Savage’s near 14 month run as champion.

WWF Champion

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After his WrestleMania match with Steamboat, Savage went on to face the likes of the Honky Tonk Man, Hercules, and Harley Race. He challenged the Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship on the October 3rd, 1987 edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event. He ended up not being able to win the title as the Honky Tonk Man was disqualified after The Hart Foundation interrupted the match and began to beatdown Savage. As The Hart Foundation were attacking Savage, Miss Elizabeth rushed back to the locker room and brought out Hulk Hogan to save Savage from the beatdown. This was the beginning of the newly formed tag team, “The Mega Powers”. Macho Man went on to compete in a 14 man tournament at WrestleMania four for the vacant WWF Championship. Savage made it to the finals and faced off against “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase with Virgil and Andre the Giant in DiBiase’s corner. He defeated DiBiase with the help of Hulk Hogan to win the WWF Championship. For over a year Savage held the title.

Mega Powers explode

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After a few feuds with other tag teams, Savage and Hogan began to develop problems with each other. Hogan began using Miss Elizabeth as his manager which upset Savage, then Hogan “accidentally” eliminated Savage from the 1989 Royal Rumble. The Mega Powers officially ended after The Main Event II when Savage and Hogan had a blow out backstage where Savage accused Hogan of trying to steal Miss Elizabeth from him and claimed Hogan was an inferior wrestler to him. Savage then attacked Hogan and his close friend Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. He was now a heel for the first time in two years. At WrestleMania five The Mega Powers exploded and Savage lost his WWF Championship to Hogan in the main event.

Macho King

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A few months after his feud with Hogan, Savage debuted a new persona now referring to himself as “The Macho King” Randy Savage. During this time he feuded with guys like Hogan again, Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Slaughter, and most importantly The Ultimate Warrior. His feud with Warrior reached it’s climax at WrestleMania seven where they faced off in a match where if Savage lost, he would be forced to retire. Savage ended up losing this match and was now retired from WWF in ring competition.

WWF Commentator

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After his loss to The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania seven which forced him into retirement, Savage returned to the WWF in a non-wrestling role as he was now a commentator for Monday Night Raw alongside Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. He went on to have problems with Jake “The Snake” Roberts which led to him requesting a reinstatement as an in ring competitor. He then went on to feud with Ric Flair which led to a match between the two at WrestleMania eight where Savage defeated Flair to win his second WWF Championship. Savage didn’t have a very memorable run as champion and didn’t have a very eventful year. His WWF contract expired in October of 1994. He went on to leave the WWF and sign with the rival wrestling company, WCW.

His time in WCW

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During his time in WCW Savage won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship four times, was apart of the NWO, and had great matches with the likes of Diamond Dallas Page, Sting, and Lex Luger. Savage made his last appearance in WCW in late 1999 before the company was purchased by the WWF in 2000.

Brief time in TNA

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Savage debuted for TNA at Victory Road 2004 confronting Jeff Jarrett. He then went on to team with AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy at Turning Point 2004 defeating The Kings of Wrestling. Savage left the company three days after that PPV after disagreeing with a finish to a proposed match with Jeff Jarrett.

Retirement

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After leaving TNA Savage was officially retired. He had a pretty peaceful retirement working with children’s hospitals, doing interviews, spending time with his family, and married his high school sweetheart in 2010. He also went on to appear in the first Spider-Man movie in 2002. Savage and Hulk Hogan were said to still have beef between each other for years, but according to Savage’s brother Lanny Poffo, Hogan and Savage made up before Savage tragically passed away in 2011.

Tragic death

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On May 20th, 2011 “The Macho Man” Randy Savage tragically passed away at the age of 58. He suffered a sudden heart attack while driving with his wife and lost control of the vehicle then crashing into a tree. Autopsy revealed that Savage had an enlarged heart and advanced coronary artery disease. His official cause of death was officially ruled as atherosclerotic heart disease.

Legacy and Hall of Fame

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Savage was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015 by his brother, Lanny Poffo. He leaves behind one of the greatest legacies in wrestling history and is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers and personalities of all time. His intensity, in ring skills, promos, and colorful character will never be matched. Rest in peace, Macho Man.

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