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2015 WWE Hall gets “Macho”

It’s that time of year again fans, Wrestlemania and the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony are both drawing closer. The WWE has announced several inductees into their Hall of Fame for the year of 2015, which undoubtedly is headlined by Randy “The Macho Man” Savage. I am going to cover the inductees, in individual articles over the next few weeks, and try to lend some insight into their career accomplishments and what made them so special. So, let’s start with the first announced inductee into this year’s Hall of Fame Class of 2015, Randy Savage.

Randy Mario Poffo was born on November 15, 1952 in Columbus, OH. He got into wrestling along with his brother Lanny Poffo, later to be known as ‘The Genius”.

Randy "The Macho Man" Savage

Randy “The Macho Man” Savage

Savage really started to make a splash with fans in the Memphis, TN territory by working with the legendary Jerry “The King” Lawler, and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. He eventually moved to the then WWF in June of 1985, after dropping a Loser Leaves Town Match to Lawler. Upon his much heralded arrival, Savage was heavily recruited by every big name manager for his services including Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, “Classy” Freddie Blassie, and “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. Savage appreciated the attention but decided to go his own route by choosing an unknown female valet, named Elizabeth, and thus launching the beginning of one of the most memorable wrestling couples of all time. Once he had chosen his manager, Savage decided to set his sights on then Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana. The two had a long and memorable series of matches culminating in Savage finally capturing the IC Title in the Historic Boston Garden, with a little help from an unidentified foreign object that knocked Santana out cold. Savage went on to defend the title against various opponents only to suddenly be challenged by fan favorite George “The Animal” Steele, who had developed quite an infatuation with Miss Elizabeth. Their feud led to Savage defending his IC Title successfully against Steele at WM2 in a cage match. Savage continued to publicly admonish Miss Elizabeth, much to the dismay of Steele and the fans. Steele became friends with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, who seemingly took Steele under his protective wing and turned his focus towards Savage and his IC Title. Savage memorably injured Steamboat by draping his throat over the ringside barrier and coming down on top of him with the ringside bell from the top rope.

Where would you rank this all time great match from WM3?

Where would you rank this all time great match from WM3?

This led to their famous match at WM3, that many consider the greatest Wrestlemania match of all time, that featured 19 near falls and was voted the Match of the Year for 1987 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated and The Wrestling Observer. Steamboat came out victorious in this match, with a little outside help from Steele. Savage went on to win the King of the Ring 1987, and was starting to gain quite a popular follwing from the fans despite his heel persona. He challenged The Honky Tonk Man for the IC Title, taking umbrage to The Honky Tonk Man declaring himself the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time. Savage lost the match when the Hart Foundation interfered in the match, on The Honky Tonk Man’s behalf, and proceeded to attack Savage 3 against one.

Savage & Hogan as  the Mega Powers

Savage & Hogan as the Mega Powers

Fearing for the safety of her man, the resourceful Miss Elizabeth ran backstage to get help and found Hulk Hogan who decided to come out to make the save thus laying the foundation for the Mega Powers to be formed. The Mega Powers parlayed their momentum into a WWF Championship victory for Savage at WM4, where he defeated Ted “The Million Dollar Man” Dibiase with a little help from Hogan. Savage and Hogan began to have problems leading up to WM5, feuding over loyalty and Miss Elizabeth. This led to Hogan getting a shot at Savage’s WWF Championship at WM5, where Hogan ended the 371 day reign of the champion. After another King of the Ring victory in 1989, Savage began referring to himself as “The Macho King”. He failed in another attempt to defeat Hogan for the WWF Championship and then eventually lost a retirement match to The Ultimate Warrior at WM7. Savage was reinstated to face Jake “the Snake” Roberts and came out victorious. ‘The Nature Boy” Ric Flair began a feud with Savage over Miss Elizabeth which eventually led to Savage capturing his 2nd WWF Championship at WM8.

Savage went on to star in WCW for several years before retirement, and won the 1995 WCW World War 3 which gave him his first WCW World Heavyweight Championship. After all was said and done, Savage was able to capture 6 World Championships, including the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 4 times. Podcaster, Peter Rosenberg said, “You add up all the things that he was capable of, and you can make a case that there was no one better then Macho Man” and Kevin Ech of The Baltimore Sun summed it all up by saying, “Nobody blended power, speed, agility and technical skills like the Macho Man in his prime.” Sadly, savage died suddenly on May 20, 2011 after suffering a heart attack near his home in Seminole, Florida. It was announced on January 12, 2015 by the WWE that Savage would be their first official inductee into the Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Savage will be inducted by Hulk Hogan. Please feel free to share any and all memories that you have of “The Macho Man” and his incredible career in the space provided below.

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