WWE finally gave fans something they have been clamouring for over many years, with many fans almost believing this moment would never happen after all the speculation about the relationship between all involved. Last night it was confirmed that Macho Man Randy Savage would be inducted into the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame class. The collective wrestling world let out a cheer last night and now seems as good a time as any to talk about my Macho Man memories.
When I think about Randy Savage, I think back to Wrestlemania 3, where the Macho Man took part in what many describe as one of the greatest matches of all time as he faced off against Ricky Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship. This match told a great story and allowed both men to show their in ring quality and talents to a worldwide audience. There is no denying Savage was a great performer prior to this match, but this was the match I feel put Savage on the path to Superstardom. Their match was like a piece of art, with the ring the canvas of both men, and their bodies the brushes of which they painted their masterpiece.
It was the following year at Wrestlemania 4 when Savage finally reached the summit of his career and became the WWE Heavyweight Champion, after he competed in four matches in one night to overcome huge industry names such as Butch Reed, Greg Valentine, One Man Gang, and Ted DiBiasie in the final. The most memorable moment about this for me was the image of Savage and Hogan celebrating in the ring, with Elizabeth on Savages shoulder with tears in her eyes. It was a powerful image that would go on to define the birth of the Mega Powers tag team.
When I think Randy Savage, I can't help but think of Miss Elizabeth. She was just as important a part of Savages career and a key to his success as Savage was. So it was only fitting that after their relationship was ended on screen, that in Savage's retirement match loss to the Ultimate Warrior the couple would be reunited in a scene many WWE fans had hoped to see again. After Savage was beaten, Elizabeth jumped the barricade and entered the ringside area. What followed was a beautiful reunion between the couple that was without doubt the true moment that stole the show. The two would go on to marry on screen at Summerslam 1991.
My final Macho Man memory comes from the first match I remember seeing him compete in, as Savage faced off against the WWE Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair. In a match built around claims from Ric Flair that he was having an affair with Miss Elizabeth, we saw Savage win the WWE Championship for the second time in his career. The match saw a feud explode in the ring, seeing two legends put on a master class both during and after the match as Flair continue his pursuit of Elizabeth, and gave us some truly memorable action on a night that goes down as one of my favourite Wrestlemania shows ever, partly thanks to this classic match.
Randy Savage is without question one of the true greats in the industry of wrestling and will forever be remembered for his fantastic wrestling skills, his flamboyant outfits, and his memorable voice. While many fans will argue that this induction should have come many years before now, but instead of dwelling on what should have been let's look forward to what is to come. The Macho Man is one of the WWE's most popular superstars, and there will be many fans who feel a great justice has been done now Savage is finally Hall of Fame bound.
Am I excited by this announcement? I can only think of one phrase to end this article with to answer that. Ooohhhhhhh yyyeeeeaaaaahhhhh!