We’ve had a lot of readers ask about Hulk Hogan inducting ”Macho Man” Randy Savage into the WWE Hall of Fame, given the fact the two had a personal beef with one another. According to Hogan in this March 2014 interview with WWE.com, the two reconciled shortly before his passing.
Below is an excerpt:
WWE.COM: How did you and Savage have that reconciliation?
HOGAN: We ran into each other at a doctor’s office. I was on my seventh or eighth back surgery, and I couldn’t pass an EKG because I was getting just jammed up with anesthesia every three or four months. They couldn’t get my back right. My back was collapsing and they were telling my new wife Jennifer I’d never walk again and all of this craziness. Jennifer and I were sitting on those little seats in the doctor’s office in Tampa and all of a sudden the door opens and in comes Randy. ���Yeeeah! Ooooh yeah! What’s up?” I went, “[Gasp].” Freaked me out, scared me to death. And he goes, “Hey, brother. What’s up, Hogan?” He had that gleam in his eye and looked really healthy. He gained his weight back and he had a wedding ring on. I said, “Hey, Mach, what’s up with the ring?” He said, “Hey, just married my childhood sweetheart.”
WWE.COM: How long was that before he passed?
HOGAN: Probably three or four months. We talked on the phone a couple of times. I invited him over to have a barbeque, and really got back on track, which was cool. Later, I was with Lanny, his brother, at an independent wrestling show. He told me their mom wasn’t doing so well with [Randy’s father] Angelo passing away. So we had planned on having a barbeque at her house — because I got along well with Randy’s mom — and try to cheer her up. So, Lanny and I called Randy from the arena. Three days later, he had the heart attack. It was crazy.
WWE.COM: You get emotional thinking about him now?
HOGAN: Yeah, it’s tough. You can’t make my eyes any redder than they already are. It’s hard. That’s the tough one. Out of all the guys who have passed away, that’s the tough one for me. Because he was a great person.
In Monday’s installment of the Premium Mailbag, I reminded readers of the commercial tie-in with the WWE Hall of Fame and while it’s very much an honor, it’s still a promotional tool to sell tickets and hype Wrestlemania. By having Hogan induct Savage, it gives WWE the opportunity to promote him for the weekend. I’ll have more in Tuesday’s Ask WNW.
In the meantime, I present to you...