With all the RSR coverage on urban legends such as UFOs and Bigfoot, I figured I would address pro wrestling’s #1 mystery: Vince’s relationship with Macho Man Randy Savage. The WWE has always mentioned its past greats from Hulk Hogan to Ric Flair. However, there is one man who isn’t named Benoit who they refuse to remember, that man is “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
The reason Savage isn’t mentioned anymore is unclear, but there is a rumor going around the backstage of ALL locker rooms as to why he is forgotten to this day. There was one rumor that floated around saying Savage had slept with a barely of age Stephanie McMahon and that caused Vince to grow an utter hatred for Savage, but that rumor is nothing more than that, as nothing has ever been said or proven.
Although when the rumor is broken down, nothing seems to add up to give it credibility or deniability for that matter and a proper assessment can’t be made as it’s not the public’s business to know in the first place. There is a more logical reason to Savage’s treatment however, and that is that Savage wanted RIDICULOUS amounts of money to do anything associated with the WWE. Savage was basically black balling Vince because of his previous relationship with Hulk Hogan, who gained mass amounts of cash with the company while Savage always played second fiddle to Hogan.
Basically in 1994 Savage was upset with everything going on at the time with him in the WWF/E. Vince was pushing out the talents he considered the “has beens” of the booming 80’s and brought in his “new” generation that was in reality not much younger then Savage at the time such as Bret Hart, Razor Ramon, and Diesel. Savage at this time was basically not being booked or paid the way he wanted to be and complained, Savage was being made into a commentator but he felt he could still wrestle and be a main eventer.
I’ve also been told that Vince McMahon let him go to WCW in 1994 because McMahon didn’t wanna pay him the big money he was asking and Savage knew his days of being in the main event picture and time within the company were already numbered. Savage also had been dubbed by backstage officials after divorcing Elizabeth two years prior that he didn’t have the same determination in the ring and lost the focus he once had going for him. Savage at this time was involved with a deal with Slim Jim who he is always credited for making them a larger household name by having his endorsement deal. He was making Vince a lot of money for this, but when he left to go to WCW he took the endorsement deal over to WCW with him instead of Vince making another star the spokesman for the product. In WCW Savage got paid the big money for being a wrestler and also had a guaranteed spot in the main event picture with the other aging stars from WWF who were already established in the 80’s who went over to WCW.
Vince was on the trial of his life where he could of went to jail but that was involved more with Hulk Hogan and Hogan today or at least recently has been on good terms with Vince McMahon. While Hogan and Savage are not best of friends just look at his personal problems over the years with Savage thinking Hogan had cheated with his wife Elizabeth and all the times Hogan has hogged the spotlight away from Savage when Savage was obviously the better man in the best moments of his career and Hogan was always there trying to hog the spotlight from him. This is why Savage has a real life feud with Hogan to this day and since he has a feud with Hogan, Vince had to choose sides between Hogan and Savage.
Savage added fuel to the fire a few years ago when he had a video on Youtube, where he appears to have gone overboard mentally at the time, but this is simply him firing back at Hogan and Triple H for calling him a dinosaur. He basically was very angry and tells Hogan “you are a f–kin punk Hulk Hogan.” He goes on to say he’ll take Triple H’s wife and take her around the block a few times and show her a real man is like. This set the previous rumor believers about Stephanie into a frenzy, but what Savage said about Stephanie was referring to Triple H’s wife who is a grown woman and not about when she was a teenage girl. It’s not like he said: “Triple H I did your wife way before you,” or anything along those lines at all.
Then at the 15th anniversary for Monday Night RAW, Hogan made reference to “Macho Man” Randy Savage by saying “Never Say Never, Ooooh Yeah,” the last two words in the distinct Randy Savage voice. Hogan simply ad-libbed his name and there’s really nothing more to it.
Vince McMahon has said in the past that he’d never do business with the likes of Hulk Hogan Sable, Steve Austin(Who is now back in a HUGE capacity), or Brock Lesnar (although he’s tried to re-enlist Brock from the UFC several times), Randy Savage is the one person he never listens to ANY idea sent his way. Whenever people on the creative team pitch ideas for talent on Vince’s “bad side”, he usually shouts a few expletives and tells them to forget it. In several instances, Vince’s hatred usually dissipates, and he does business with people who were once on his bad side.
With Savage though the same case cannot be made, Vince sometimes has a need to prove he can get back people who rip his company and claim to never want to return and when Michael Hayes came up with an idea for a possible Randy Savage WWE return, Vince didn’t give the usual expletive loaded response, he simply looked off into the distance, collected his thoughts, and said, “I do not want to do business with that man.” And he left it at that. Jakks Pacific tried to sign Randy Savage for the Classic Superstars action figure line up however, Vince McMahon butted in and reneged on an agreement between the two parties. In the past, he has allowed them to sign a number of wrestlers on bad terms with WWE, including Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Bruno Sammartino, The Honky Tonk Man, and even The Ultimate Warrior on two occasions. Savage remains one of the only prominent former WWE stars who hasn’t signed up with Jakks for an action figure or anything else WWE related for that matter.
Since then however Vince has changed his stance and has capitalized on the Macho Man gimmick. In February 2009, it was announced that WWE would produce a DVD collection based on Savage titled Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection. Hosted by Maria Kanellis and Matt Striker, the three disc set contains over eight hours of matches and promos but with no biography or documentary. Then in July 2010, Mattel announced that they had signed a deal with Randy Savage to be a part of their “WWE Defining Moments” action figure line-up. To promote the figure a video-message was shown of Savage cutting a classic “Macho Man” promo while holding the figurine, which was dressed in the same outfit he wore at Wrestlemania VII, the first promo under his Macho Man character to be seen in years by fans. It is also worth noting that this will be the first Randy Savage action figure released under the WWE in over 15 years.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage is a part of the roster in THQ’s WWE video game
WWE All-Stars, released on March 29, 2011 for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2 and PSP. This marked the first appearance by Savage in a video game since 2004′s Showdown: Legends of Wrestling and his first appearance in a WWE game since the Game Gear version of 1994′s WWF Raw.
Savage was recognizable by wrestling fans for his distinctively deep and raspy voice, his ring attire (often comprising of outlandish sunglasses, a bandana or head band, flashy robes, and a cowboy hat), intensity exhibited in and out of the ring, and his signature catch phrase (“Ooh yeah!”). WWE has said of Savage: “There has never been a Superstar more colorful than “Macho Man” Randy Savage. His style—perfectly punctuated by his entrance music, “Pomp and Circumstance”—has only been outshined by his performance in the ring.” Savage held 20 major titles in his wrestling career and has had a rough personal life outside the ring. Savage married Elizabeth Ann Hulette on December 30, 1984, she later became his valet in the WWF. However, they separated in the summer of 1992 and their divorce was finalized on September 18, 1992. Elizabeth Hulette was found dead in the home of professional wrestler Lex Luger on May 1, 2003, from a drug overdose. According to a 2003 interview with Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo, Savage has no animosity towards Luger, and feels that Elizabeth brought about her own death due to her drug use. Savage has had his previous addictions with cocaine and alcoholism while wrestling during his marriage to Elizabeth, but since then has cleaned up his act and on May 10, 2010, Savage married his long-time girlfriend, Lynn Payne, making it his second marriage.
In 2005, Savage said he could no longer wrestle due to health concerns and has been acting in movies and doing voice overs for cartoons ever since. So to all the rumor believers about Savage and Stephanie, just think about why Vince didn’t prosecute Savage or bring this to public light? Because nothing ever happened it was about Vince’s other love…for money and always will be.