By Tim Hornbaker
Randy Savage is extremely famous for his accomplishments in the professional wrestling
ring, popular with the fans and known to the only the semi-conscious wrestling fan. Maybe
even most of the non-fans may be able to pick the “Macho Man” out of a crowd. Savage
has appeared on many of main-stream entertainment programs and his longevity in the
ring has put his name on the level as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
Savage is a second-generation athlete. His father was the legendary Angelo Poffo and
his brother, Lanny, also was a talented competitor. Savage is a seven-time World
Heavyweight Champion and was the fourth man in history to have captured World Titles in
both the WWF and the NWA/ WCW. The Slim Jim spokesman has been active since
He played minor league baseball for several organizations after high school and could
have gone into the Major Leagues. Savage entered wrestling and it wasn’t long before he
received a new nickname. Ole Anderson gave Randy the name “Savage” and it had
remained ever since. He feuded with violently with Pampero Firpo in Detroit during the
spring of 1979.
On July 21, 1979, Savage defeated his brother Lanny for the ICW World Heavyweight
Title in Kentucky. After four years as champion, he lost the belt in 1983 to Paul Christy.
Savage ventured into Memphis and took Tux Newman as his manager. There, he feuded
with Jerry Lawler in March 1985. Savage won the AWA Southern Title from him on the
17th in Memphis with help from Newman, who held Lawler’s leg during the title bout. He
was beaten by Jerry Oske, but regained the championship on May 7th in Louisville.
Upon losing the AWA South Title to Lawler on July 29th, Savage departed the south for
the northeast and joined the World Wrestling Federation. On his television debut, Savage
was watched by all of the managers in the organization from ringside. He side-steps the
others and took Elizabeth as his second. Savage continued to raise eyebrows
everywhere. He was an immediate contender to both single’s titles. During this time,
Savage’s brother Lanny was also in the organization. He appeared during the November
2nd edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event in Hershey and received an I-C Title Match
against Tito Santana. He won the bout by countout in front of a national audience.
Five days later on November 7th, Savage competed in the Wrestling Classic elimination
tournament, the first pay-per-view in the history of the sport. Savage came out on top to
win the event over the Junkyard Dog by countout. The victory firmly established Savage
as one of the top stars in the WWF. He received shots against Hulk Hogan on several
tours throughout the country, culminating in a huge December 1985 card at New York’s
Madison Square Garden in which he nearly took the World Title. Savage beat George
Steele on January 4, 1986 in Tampa on SNME.
On the 8th of February, he was in Boston to meet Santana for the Intercontinental Title.
Savage beat the champ won the belt that night, a title change which hadn’t surprised
many. A dominate reign was beginning. He successfully defended his I-C Title in
Uniondale, NY’s Nassau Coliseum during WrestleMania II on April 7, 1986 against Steele.
Throughout the rest of 1986, Savage concentrated on two things, defending his I-C Title
against a wide range of competitors and receiving shots at Hogan’s World Belt. He battled
the likes of Jake Roberts, The Honky Tonk Man, Dino Bravo and Steele. There was no
question that he was a fighting champion and at no time, feared an opponent.
As the clock moved towards Thanksgiving, the Intercontinental Champion had
altercations with both Bruno Sammartino and Rick Steamboat, two formidable foes. More
than just the average competitors. On November 22, 1986, Savage took special action
against one of his opponents. He was facing off against Steamboat when he decided to
land a double ax off the top rope to a waiting foe on the ground. Steamboat was thrown,
neck-first, into the metal railing, injuring his throat. Gasping for air on the mat, Steamboat
was prone to a second wave. Savage had taken the ring bell and sailed from the top rope
onto Steamboat’s neck. The violent action caused Ricky to be carried out on a stretcher.
Their feud was seemingly, just beginning. As time went by, the build-up continued. All
leading up to WrestleMania III and the selling out of the Pontiac Silverdome in suburban
Detroit. Savage was to defend his crown against Steamboat on March 29, 1987 in a match
that has been billed as the best of the 1980s, before 93,000-plus fans. Not shocking
many, George Steele accompanied Steamboat to the ring and Savage was seconded by
Elizabeth. Landed his elbow and pinned his opponent without an official after Dave Hebner
was knocked out. Took the tip to take the time-keeper’s bell from him and journey to the
top rope. Steele made his presence felt by taking the bell from him, but Savage regained it
only to be tossed to the mat with a push. Steamboat was up, Hebner was back…small
package and Savage was pinned. Although he had lost, Savage’s rise to the top hadn’t
missed a beat. The Savage-Steamboat match is considered one of the top five in
WrestleMania History and probably lands numero uno on most of those lists.
Savage continued to feud with Steele into May ’87. During the summer, he became a fan
favorite. On September 4th in Providence, he won the annual King of the Ring
Tournament with a defeat of King Kong Bundy in the finals. Savage had tossed Nikolai
Volkoff, Jim Brunzell and Dan Davis to earn the match. His overall ranking in the
organization was very high at this point, although he was not holding a championship.
Also, the Honky Tonk Man had dethroned Steamboat for the I-C Title, leaving Savage with
the goal of regaining the belt. He met Honky Tonk on October 3, 1987 in Hershey for the
title and won by disqualification. In a match between two of the era’s top second-
generation and scientific grapplers, Savage met Bret Hart on November 28th in Seattle.
“Macho Man” won the bout.
In late 1987 and into 1988, several wrestlers were getting “over.” Ted DiBiase and
Savage were the main two. DiBiase quickly aligned himself with Andre the Giant and the
“Mega Bucks” were formed. The goal of DiBiase was to get his hands on the World Title,
thus beat Hulk Hogan. On the Main Event in February, the Giant defeated Hogan for the
belt, ending Hogan’s four year run. Andre sold the belt to DiBiase, but was immediately
stripped of the championship. Neither DiBiase nor Andre had the title. Savage’s eyes
widened. Although, on that same show, Savage wrestled for the Intercontinental Title and
won by countout in Indianapolis, the vacancy of the World Title offered the chance to run
forward and refocus on the ultimate prize. It was time to wear the World Title Belt around
his waist. It was also a chance to sail past DiBiase, Andre and Hogan and walk off as the
top wrestler in the WWF.
Savage entered the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Title Tournament at WrestleMania
IV on March 27, 1988 at the Convention Center in Atlantic City. Elizabeth accompanied
Savage to his first round match against Slick’s Butch Reed, wearing a blue gown. Reed
was distracted during the match by Elizabeth and allowed Savage to catch him and throw
him down to the mat from the top turnbuckle. Savage went to the top rope and landed an
elbow-smash. He then was able to pin Reed to advance to the second round. Entering
the tournament in the second round were Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan, both favorites
to win the event. Their match ended in a double-disqualification and both were eliminated.
Of the wrestlers remaining, Ted DiBiase and Savage were the top two seeds. Elizabeth
and Savage went to the ring for his match with Greg Valentine, who was accompanied by
Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart. A small package ended the contest and Savage
advanced to the semi’s.
Randy met One Man Gang in the third match of the night. Elizabeth wore black. Gang
was caught by the referee nailing Savage with Slick’s cane. Savage advanced on a
disqualification and was in the finals. Under his belt were three grueling matches. On the
other side was the other favorite, DiBiase, who had only competed in two matches. There
was a major underlying factor. DiBiase walked to the ring with the legendary Andre the
Giant. The match began and it had the signs of becoming a classic. Andre became a vital
factor when he reached through the ropes and tripped Savage twice, then prevented him
from continuing an attack on his foe by jumping off the top turnbuckle onto DiBiase on the
In a moment of desperation, Savage sent Elizabeth back to the dressing room area to
retrieve a man who could even the numbers. The man was Hulk Hogan. Initially, The
“Hulkster” sat in a folding chair to watch the action from ringside. When Andre pulled
Savage through the ropes, Hulk sprang to the rescue. In the closing moments of the
match, Savage missed an important elbowdrop. DiBiase capitalized by locking in his Million
Dollar Dream sleeperhold. The referee was distracted and Hogan entered the ring with a
steel chair. Savage climbed to the top rope and landed his elbow. There was a count and
Savage captured the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Title. Savage handed the belt to
Elizabeth and lifted her up onto his shoulder. It was the biggest accomplishment of his
Hogan-Savage friendship was formed and would carry throughout the year. The “Macho
Man” wrestled Ted DiBiase in defense of his World Title on July 31st in Milwaukee at
WrestleFest ’88. Savage pinned the challenger. At SummerSlam on August 29th in New
York City, the duo teamed to beat the Megabucks. Again, Elizabeth was in the middle of
the two biggest stars in the organization. Their post match celebration brought smiles to
faces all over the world. The Mega Powers were on top of the world. On October 16th,
Savage became the first and only World Heavyweight Champion to compete in the King of
the Ring Tournament. The event occurred in Providence and Savage met Virgil in the first
round. He beat him. Savage received a bye into the semifinals after a double
disqualification between Bad News Brown and Hercules Hernandez. He beat the Red
Rooster and met a familiar foe in the finals, Ted DiBiase. DiBiase defeated Savage that
night and walked away with the tournament win. It was a major loss, but he remained the
Savage teamed with Hogan, Koko B. Ware, Hillbilly Jim and Hercules on Thanksgiving
Night, Thursday, November 24, 1988, in Richfield, Ohio. Their Survivor Series tag team
was matched against DiBiase and his allies. Among them were Akeem, the Big Bossman,
Haku and the Red Rooster. Savage pinned Rooster in the first elimination of the contest.
He later pinned DiBiase. A certain amount of revenge was gained. Hogan pinned Haku in
the final and the Mega Powers were the sole survivors. Yet again, the two men were
celebrating in the ring. Elizabeth in the middle.
The new year turned over and Savage remained the top man in the WWF. His reign was
a lot longer than many perceived it would be. The “Macho Man” teamed with Hogan for a
Saturday Night’s Main Event tag team match against Slick’s Twin Towers, Akeem and the
Big Bossman. The event was taped on Friday, February 3, 1989 at the Bradley Center in
Milwaukee. To many, it was Savage and Hogan’s time to eliminate the villains from their
opposition list. The unthinkable occurred. During the match, Elizabeth was knocked to the
arena floor from the apron. She had taken the bump as the ropes pushed her from her
Hogan immediately rushed to her rescue. He picked her up and carried her to the back
area for assistance. The match did not just stop. Savage was forced to wrestle two of the
top heavyweights in the organization, at once. He did his best, but at certain times it
appeared that the Towers were about to beat the World’s Champion. Hulk eventually
returned and wanted to rejoin his partner. Savage would have none of it. Instead of
remaining around to fend off the rival team, Savage bailed. Hogan did win the bout, but
the Mega Powers were on the rocks. There was no doubting it. Later, as camera’s
watched Hogan and Elizabeth in one of the back rooms, Savage attacked his partner and
the weeks of building jealously exploded. The two most popular figures in the WWF were
on opposite ends. It wasn’t long before Savage began to hear the boos. The promotions
for WrestleMania V began. Savage vs. Hogan, obviously for the WWF World Heavyweight
Title. It was going to be held on April 2nd from Atlantic City’s Convention Center, the site
of Savage’s tournament victory a year earlier.
In the span of a year, the alliance between the “Hulkster” and the “Macho Man” had been
destroyed. Elizabeth remained in the middle and would so for the match. She decided that
she would sit in a neutral corner. Savage lost his claim to the World Belt that fateful night
on the east coast. He blamed Elizabeth for the loss and on a May Telecast, Savage nearly
attacked her. Hogan ran out to prevent anything further from happening, but Sherri Martel
appeared and hit Hogan. Another page of his history was about to begin.
As a firm-standing heel, Savage took “Sensational” Sherri as his manager. He continued
to oppose Hogan, wanting his belt back. On an edition of the Brother Love Show, Martel
and Brutus Beefcake meet face-to-face. Savage attacked Beefcake from behind and
turned the tables on the “Barber.” They cut his hair before a stunned crowd. Beefcake
and Hogan, longtime friends, became allies in the war. As the latter opened up a feud with
Zeus, Savage jumped on the bandwagon. Savage and Zeus became a team. On August
28th, officials scheduled a big tag team match for the main event of SummerSlam in East
Rutherford. Hogan pinned Zeus to win the event. Two nights later, Savage and Sherri
were in Portland, Maine. With the help of his manager, Savage defeated Jim Duggan to
take the WWF Crown.
“Macho King” was born. During the coronation, The Genius read a poem. He teamed
with Zeus again in December against Hogan and Beefcake in a tag team match, scheduled
for pay-per-view later in the month. They lost again. In early 1990, King Savage feuded
with former NWA World Champion Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire. During the Royal Rumble,
an all-out brawl ensued between the four. The WWF decided that a mixed tag team bout
would be the best way to settle the feud. But before WrestleMania and the continuation of
that feud, Savage was yet again across the ring from Hulk Hogan. It was another chance
to regain the World Title.
On Friday Night, February 23, 1990 from Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, Savage battled
Hogan for the championship. New World Boxing Champion, Buster Douglas was the
special outside the ring referee. Douglas had replaced Mike Tyson, who had been beaten
for the World Title earlier in the month. A prime-time audience watched Hogan pin Savage
to retain his belt. Afterwards, the festivities continued. Douglas had counted the final
three-count and Savage had some words to say. Hogan instigated the brawl from a
neutral corner and Douglas ended up knocking “Macho King” out. WrestleMania VI was
held on April 1st in Toronto. Savage and Sherri teamed in a losing effort against Rhodes
and Sapphire. Martel was pinned by Sapphire. After the pay-per-view, he went to Asia for
a tour of Japan. On April 13, 1990, Savage lost to Genichiro Tenryu in Tokyo. The
Rhodes-Savage battle continued. He beat defeated Rhodes on August 27th at
SummerSlam to finally close the door.
Months later in Miami, Savage helped Sgt. Slaughter upset the Ultimate Warrior on
January 19, 1991 for the WWF World Title. He hit the champion with his golden scepter,
shattering the weapon. He did not appear in the Royal Rumble event later in the night.
Savage competed against the Warrior in a grudge match at the WrestleMania VII card on
March 24, 1991. A special stipulation was involved in the bout. The loser would be forced
to retire. The Warrior pinned Savage in 20:48. Randy was forced to retire, but due to
prior engagements, he was unable to. He returned to Japan going into April and on the
1st, he met a man he met almost a year before, Genichiro Tenryu, in Kobe. Savage was
again beaten. On the 6th, Savage defeated George Takano by pinfall in front of 43,000 at
the Tokyo Dome.
Savage took over some commentary positions over the summer. Savage married his
longtime mate, Miss Elizabeth on Monday, August 26th during the SummerSlam pay-per-
view at Madison Square Garden. The ceremony was interrupted by Jake Roberts and his
snake. On October 22nd, Savage was bitten by that slithering animal in Fort Wayne.
Despite the circumstances, “Macho Man” remained suspended from competition. Savage,
in the weeks that followed, donned a mask and competed against Roberts all across the
world as “Mr. Madness,” replacing the injured Sid Justice. He was soon was reinstated by
WWF Officials. Savage was scheduled to team with the Legion of Doom and the Big
Bossman on November 27th in Detroit for the Survivor Series. He was injured and unable
to wrestle. Because of his absence, Roberts was unable to be the fourth man for his
team. Savage pinned Roberts in a singles contest on December 3rd in San Antonio.
On December 26th in Toronto, he teamed with Jim Duggan to beat Roberts and the
Undertaker. Savage beat Roberts on February 8, 1992 on national television. He beat
Roberts again in a cage match on March 25th in Seattle’s Center Coliseum. Prior to
WrestleMania, Ric Flair began instigating a feud with Savage. He said that he had
photographs of himself and Elizabeth together. Some photos were shown on television.
They were seemingly doctored photographs. The feud did not take long to boil over.
Savage challenged Flair for the WWF World Title at WrestleMania VIII in Indianapolis on
April 5, 1992. Before a large crowd, Savage pinned the champion and regained the WWF
Title. After the win, Elizabeth joined Savage in the ring for a celebration only to be
grabbed by Flair. Savage then proceeded to attack both the “Nature Boy” and Mr. Perfect,
who had tried to help Flair throughout the title affair. Three days later in Kalamazoo,
Savage pinned Flair in a rematch.
During a tour of Europe, Savage pinned Shawn Michaels in Munich, Germany on April 14,
1992 at the Olympia Hall in defense of his World Title. Gene Okerlund was interviewing
Savage and the Ultimate Warrior on June 29th during a television taping in Glens Falls,
New York when Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect burst onto the scene. The two heels attacked
Savage and Warrior made the save. Savage became angry because the Warrior had
helped him. A feud began. Promoters signed a Savage-Warrior match-up for
The annual show was held on August 29th in London, England at Wembley Stadium.
80,355 fans turned out to see the event. Savage lost by countout after 28-minutes and
retained his belt. Despite the battle between two fan favorites, both remained popular.
Savage dropped the WWF Title back to Flair in Hershey, Pennsylvania on September
1st. Savage and the Warrior teamed on November 8, 1992 and beat the WWF World Tag
Champions, Money Incorporated, by countout during Saturday Night’s Main Event. Flair
and Mr. Perfect had a falling out after his title victory in September. Perfect became a
favorite and teamed with Savage at the Survivor Series in Richfield on November 25th.
Their team won by disqualification over Flair and Razor Ramon. Savage was the 30th man
to enter the Royal Rumble on January 24, 1993 in Sacramento. He battled Yokozuna in
the finals for a shot at the World Title at WrestleMania, but was ousted.
In the weeks following, Savage left active competition to concentrate on doing
commentary on WWF Television. At WrestleMania IX in Las Vegas, he joined Jim Ross
and Bobby Heenan in the booth. Savage did return to action to receive World Title shots
against Yokozuna in August 1993. On October 11, 1993, Savage made a triumphant
return to Memphis Territory for the second time in two weeks and received a shot at Jerry
Lawler’s USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title. He was accompanied by WWF Head,
Vince McMahon. Savage pinned Lawler after McMahon interfered behind the referee’s
back. He was crowned champion afterwards.
Savage was stripped by USWA Officials in November for not defending his title in the
elected 30-day period. Also, Savage became involved in a heated feud with Crush, a
former friend. Before the latter’s match on a scheduled Monday Night Raw event in
Bushkill, Pennsylvania, Savage attacked Crush. He continued to broadcast the matches
but later left to brawl with Crush again. He replaced Mr. Perfect during the Survivor Series
on November 24th in Boston. Savage was eliminated by Irwin R. Schyster. He entered the
1994 Royal Rumble at number 11. Savage wrestled and beat Crush in a falls-count-
anywhere match on March 20th in New York City and prevailed.
He continued his broadcast duties, but left the WWF later in the year and signed with
World Championship Wrestling. A number of former WWF wrestlers had already made the
jump, including Hulk Hogan and Jim Duggan. Savage made his debut in December 1994
and was extremely popular upon arrival. He formed a alliance with Hulk Hogan and Sting in
their battle against Kevin Sullivan’s Dungeon of Doom. Savage teamed with Hogan on
January 25, 1995 in Las Vegas against The Butcher and Sullivan. They won their Clash of
the Champions match. At SuperBrawl on February 19th, he teamed with Sting to beat
Avalanche and Bubba Rogers, two tough former WWF stars. He also ran out to save
Hogan from an attack by Ric Flair and Vader. Savage competed against Avalanche on
March 19th in Tupelo and won by disqualification when Flair attacked him after jumping out
from the crowd in drag.
The Savage-Flair war seemed to be restarted after nearly three years of peace. On May
21st in St. Petersburg, Savage teamed with Hogan to beat Flair and Vader. He finally got
his hands on Flair in a singles match on June 18th during the Great American Bash. It
wasn’t as successful as it could have been. Savage lost by pinfall. He gained some
revenge on July 16th at the Bash at the Beach in Huntington Beach, California before an
estimated 9,000 fans. He pinned Flair. Savage teamed with Lex Luger, Sting and Hogan
on September 17th in Asheville for War Games. They competed and beat the team of
Kamala, Shark, Zodiac and Meng, four experienced tough grapplers. Savage began to
question Luger’s motives as he was often seconded by manager, Jimmy Hart. He won over
Luger in a singles contest on October 29th during the Halloween Havoc pay-per-view in
Detroit. Luger and Hart had a big miscue.
With his left arm in a sling, Savage beckoned for Hogan to come out prior to the latter’s
match with Sting on November 20th during Nitro. Hogan failed to walk down the rampway,
instead went out through the crowd and caught his opponent off-guard. During the bout,
Savage was attacked from behind by the Dungeon of Doom. Savage regained his senses
enough to grab a chair and attack the Giant, who was about to double chokeslam both
Sting and Hogan. He received a chokeslam of his own for his actions. The promotions for
the upcoming pay-per-view were highly spoken about.
Savage joined an elite group of wrestlers on November 26th when he won the first annual
World War III event in Norfolk, Virginia and captured the WCW World Heavyweight Title.
Savage, at the time, joined Buddy Rogers, Ric Flair, and Hogan as the only men to have
captured both the NWA/WCW World and the WWF World Titles. Savage bested Hogan,
The Giant, Sting, Lex Luger, and 55 other competitors to win the pay-per-view and the
championship. The next night on Nitro, Savage spoke to the crowd. Hogan walked out
and joined him. The Giant was the third to hit the spot, attacking Hogan and then choke-
slamming the World Champion on the ramp. Sting ran out and stopped the Giant from
continuing his blaze further. Savage remained unmoving on the ground for several
He wrestled Lex Luger on December 4th and was met by Ric Flair and an illegal object.
He was laid out. Luger attempted to pin Savage, but Hogan stopped the count. The match
was ruled a no contest. Savage was hit by Sting by accident during the final moments of
Nitro on December 11th in Charlotte. A slap was given in return. The fan favorites
seemed to work their differences out before the program came to an end. He met the
Giant in defense of his top slot on December 18th and lost by disqualification when Hogan
saved him from a pin attempt with a steel chair. He nearly lost the belt. When it was all
said and done, Hogan asked for a title shot and Savage agreed. If he remained the
Christmas Evening 1995 offered a taped edition of Nitro in which Savage wrestled Ric
Flair for the title. He was accompanied by Jimmy Hart to the ring. Savage hit the manager
during the bout and Lex Luger stormed the squared circle in anger. A disqualification was
called. Things were getting out of control. Sting ran to the ring and met Savage in
question, at the end. The two delivered a few blows as they show ended. Christmas was
two days prior to Starrcade 1995. An event in which he was defending his championship
again against the King of Starrcade, the “Nature Boy,” Ric Flair. Flair was able to pin
Savage and take the belt in under nine-minutes.
Savage wrestled Arn Anderson on January 1, 1996. Savage pinned his opponent to get
the win, after using an illegal object. Savage and Hogan made a verbal challenge to the
Horsemen during the next edition of Nitro. The duo competed against Flair and Anderson
on January 8th. Hogan pinned Anderson for the win. He brawled after the victory with
members of the Dungeon of Doom and the Horsemen. Savage lost to Lex Luger on
January 15th. Savage submitted to the torture rack. A future match against Flair for
Savage had been previously announced and remained in stone, despite the loss. The
match came on January 22nd in Las Vegas as Caesar’s Palace. He was accompanied to
the ring by a number women, including Woman, former Horsemen manager.
Many younger fans did not understand Woman’s importance and the reason for being
there was not easily identifiable. Anderson ran to the ring to hit Savage with a foreign
object and accidentally hit Flair. Savage then got the pin and regained the WCW World
Championship. Hulk Hogan ran out to stop any further incidents between the Horsemen
and Savage. The two agreed to wrestle for the title, once again, sometime in the future.
He teamed with Hogan in a loss against the Giant and Flair at the Clash on January 23rd.
The next Monday, Savage attacked the Giant with his belt and got disqualified before the
two could actually lock up and wrestle.
On February 5, 1996, Savage met the “Canadian Crippler” Chris Benoit during an
episode of Monday Nitro, live. He was accompanied by Elizabeth and Woman to the ring,
but he would not be leaving with both. Savage won by disqualification after being attacked
by the Horsemen and Woman while trying to save Elizabeth. Hogan ran out as well,
attempting to even things up. Woman had defected back to the Horsemen. Another
turncoat caused Savage to lose the WCW World Crown on February 11th in St. Pete
during the SuperBrawl Show.
Elizabeth turned on him and assisted in Flair’s victory in a cage match. On February
19th, in a rematch, Savage was defeated by Flair. The Bootyman joined the fray at the
end of the show, joining Hogan and Savage’s team. He was a much needed partner.
Savage pinned Flair on March 10, 1996 in Tupelo during an 8 on 2 “Doomsday” steel cage
match. Savage had Hogan on his side against members of the Dungeon of Doom and the
Four Horsemen. On the opposite side was a former ally, Zeus…known as the “Z-
Gangsta.” He beat talented mat wrestler, Earl Robert Eaton on April 15th during Nitro.
Savage attacked the referee and was about to continue his madness before WCW
Officials ran out and put him in restraints. He continued to be WCW’s new wildman.
Something had cracked inside of him and there was no telling what he was going to do
next. He went to Japan for a tour with several other WCW wrestlers later in April 1996. He
pinned Hiroyoshi Tenzan on April 29th at the Tokyo Dome before an estimated 65,000
fans. On May 6th, Savage was disqualified by Nick Patrick for choking Hugh Morris. He
then attacked Patrick, landing a flying elbowdrop onto the prone official. Numerous police
and WCW workers took Savage from the ring. WCW banned Savage from appearing in
the building at the May 13th Nitro. He did not compete at the Great American Bash in June.
Savage was cleared to return to WCW the following night on Nitro, June 17th. He had a
match against Flair. A no contest was declared when the Horsemen left him laying on the
mat. Steve McMichael used a steel briefcase. It was said that Elizabeth had taken Savage’
s money to get McMichael into the group. The move seemingly had worked to perfection.
Not only was Elizabeth gone, he was broke and without the World Title.
To top everything off, Savage was named on June 17th to a trio of wrestlers in support of
WCW against the Outsiders and their mystery partner at the Bash at the Beach pay-per-
view. Joining Savage were Sting and Lex Luger. At the show, the trio from WCW went to
the ring and fought off the two known Outsiders, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, before they
were joined by Hulk Hogan. The world was shocked. Savage was attacked by Hogan and
pinned as Hall counted to three. The verdict on the match was no contest, but the damage
had been done. WCW had a war to fight against the incoming gang who were known as
the “New World Order.”
Savage left an on-going six-man tag match along with the other wrestlers on July 29th to
investigate a Jimmy Hart claim. He found four wrestlers injured by the Outsiders. Also
learned that rather than just being three members of the Order, there were four. Savage
jumped on the hood of the escaping limo, trying to get at the group and was carted away.
Hogan ran out to smash Savage with a chair during the latter’s match with U.S. Champion,
Ric Flair on August 12th. He lost by pinfall. Savage took a steel chair to Scott Norton and
was disqualified on September 16th. He tossed the ring announcer and went after Nick
On September 23rd, he wrestled a longtime rival, Greg Valentine, during Nitro. It just
happened that during that broadcast, most of the WCW Lockerroom was in Japan for a
tour. The NWO took advantage of their odds and attacked Savage as Elizabeth watched.
The Giant introducted Hulk Hogan, who proceeded to walk out and land several well placed
legdrops. Hogan spraypainted Savage’s head with black paint. The NWO dominated the
entire Nitro set from what was going on behind the scenes to what was happening in the
ring. No one could do anything about it.
Savage was angry. On Saturday Night, Savage attacked referee, Nick Patrick and failed
to appear for an interview with Mike Tenay on September 30th during Nitro. The following
Saturday, Patrick announced that he was laying a $1,000,000 fine on Savage. He said
that he was also suspending him from active wrestling. Randy was scheduled to wrestle
Ric Flair in spite of the suspension on October 7th, but the match never happened.
Savage and Flair were both attacked by the NWO. Savage was carried to the ring from the
back area by the Giant. Hogan landed five legdrops and took out a can of black spray-
paint. Elizabeth watched once again, and was seemingly a new member of the NWO.
Savage had a scheduled bout against Mike Enos the following week in Memphis. Instead,
he spoke to Eric Bischoff, giving an emotional speech after watching a video on Elizabeth.
Savage walked out to a limo outside and left. The match was declared a no-contest.
Later, Bischoff apologized to the entire Poffo Family. In November, Bischoff would turn on
WCW and join the NWO. Savage lost to Hogan at Halloween Havoc on October 27th in
Las Vegas and disappeared from action.
In December, rumors began on the internet that Savage had returned to the WWF and
had signed a ten-year deal with the organization. A month later, facts came to light.
Savage remained in WCW, but was angry. He went to the ring on January 20, 1997 and
had words for Bischoff. Savage sat in the ring and was not about to leave. Several
wrestlers and non-wrestlers went to the ring to coax Savage out to no avail. Sting came to
the ring from above with a baseball bat. The two nearly came to blows as Sting pushed
him with the weapon. Sting finally gave the bat to Savage and turned his back. Nothing
happened. The two walked off together.
Shockingly, Savage joined the New World Order in the weeks that followed. During
Uncensored, Savage teamed with Hollywood Hogan and the Outsiders in an elimination tag
team match victory over two other teams. The NWO earned the right to get title matches
with whomever they wanted, at any time.
Savage got into a memorable feud with “Diamond” Dallas Page. Referee, Nick Patrick,
who had been a unspoken member of the rebel group, counted a pin on Savage at Spring
Stampede by Page. Kevin Nash powerbombed Patrick for his actions. Savage,
meanwhile, attacked referee, Mark Curtis. He harassed Kimberly but received some
friction from Eric Bischoff. The two exchanged pushes. Turmoil within the NWO was
apparent. Savage pinned Page during the Great American Bash in Moline, Illinois on June
15, 1997. He teamed with Scott Hall on July 13th in Daytona Beach against Page and his
surprise mystery partner. The man turned out to be former AWA World Champion and
“Mr. Perfect,” Curt Hennig. Hennig turned on Page during the bout, leaving him behind.
Savage and Hall were victorious in the handicap affair.
Later in the night, Savage accompanied Dennis Rodman and Hollywood Hogan to the ring
against Lex Luger and the Giant. Savage’s attempts to alter the finish of the match failed.
Luger forced Hogan to submit and all three of the men were put in torture rack
backbreakers. He dropped a match to the Giant at Road Wild on August 9th in Sturgis.
Savage teamed with Hall again at Fall Brawl in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The
opposing team received some outside help from Larry Zbyszko, which was enough to put
Luger and Page over the top. He tried to help Hogan in his main event match against
Roddy Piper on October 26th. Piper locked in a sleeperhold and got the victory. Savage
attacked Piper afterwards, handcuffing him to the steel cage. It was revenge, NWO style.
Savage won a Las Vegas Death Match over Dallas Page earlier in the evening. He had
some assistance from a baseball bat wielding Hogan, who had been dressed as Sting.
Savage competed in the ’97 World War III event. He pinned Lex Luger on December 22nd
during Monday Nitro with the help of Buff Bagwell and Kevin Nash. The latter delivered a
well-placed powerbomb while referee Randy Anderson was knocked out. He dedicated the
match to Hulk Hogan. Savage was accompanied by Miss Elizabeth. He appeared before
more the 26,000 fans in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome and lost to Luger by pinfall on
January 5, 1998. He was disqualified on January 24th in Dayton at Souled Out when
members of the New World Order attacked Luger. He laid Hulk Hogan out on February 22,
1998 with a can of spray paint leading to Sting’s pinfall victory over Hogan for the WCW
World Title at SuperBrawl. Savage also lost a no disqualification match to Luger. He
wrestled Hogan in a cage on March 15th in Mobile at the Civic Center. The bout ended in
a no-contest. Savage gave Sting a clothesline before departing.
Outside of the Miami Arena, Savage was attacked by someone driving a red Viper, who
seemingly screeched away before cameras could identify them. NWO members, WCW
security and Elizabeth ran to the site immediately and Savage was taken from the area in
He returned to win his third WCW World Heavyweight Title from Sting on April 19th in
Denver during Spring Stampede with Kevin Nash’s help. The bout was a special no
disqualification match, and Nash had entered the ring and powerbombed the champ.
Kevin placed Savage over Sting and revived the referee for the final pinfall. Savage,
showing his love for the sport, had wrestled with a torn ACL ligament in his knee. The next
day in Colorado Springs during Nitro, Savage proclaimed Nash the new leader of the New
World Order. He also gave Hogan a title shot that night at the World Arena and ended up
losing the WCW Title. After some recovery, Savage returned to face Hogan in a World
Title Match on May 11th in Kansas City. Both sides of the NWO were present as well as
both Roddy Piper and Bret Hart. It seemed that WCW easily had the best wrestling talent
in the world. Savage failed to capture the belt.
Piper announced that he was going to be the special referee for the Savage-Hart match
during Slamboree on May 17th. Savage lost by disqualification in Worcester at the pay-
per-view. June 14, 1998 was a rough night for Savage. Initially, Savage lost a match to
Piper. Later, he teamed with the “Rowdy Scot” against Hollywood Hogan and Bret Hart. He
was forced to submit, losing his second match on the card. Suffering from multiple injuries,
Savage left WCW to recuperate. He made his return to the WCW on the Nitro prior to
Spring Stampede ’99. Savage announced that he would be the referee for the upcoming
four-corners, Texas Tornado, WCW World Title Match on April 11th.
During the pay-per-view, Savage introduced his new valet, Gorgeous George. The
competitors in the bout were the reigning champ, Ric Flair, Hogan, Sting and Dallas Page
and it was as wild as predicted. Despite having issues with all four men at one point in his
career, Savage called the bout down the middle. At one point, Hogan was carried from the
ring by trainers with a leg injury. With only three participants, the match continued. The
defending champion locked in his patented figure-four leglock on Sting attempting to get a
win. Savage pulled Sting free from the ropes and then Flair into the middle of the ring. To
the delight of the crowd, he scaled the top rope and landed his famous elbow drop. The
contest did not end. Seconds later, Page pinned Flair after a Diamond Cutter. Savage left
the ring with some questions unanswered. His return to wrestling was complete. Savage
was back on active duty, walking away from the ring with Gorgeous George.
He made a challenge to former Wolfpack partner Kevin Nash for his WCW World Title on
June 13th in Baltimore. Savage lost by disqualification when Sid Vicious ran in. He won his
fourth WCW World Crown on July 11th with a victory over Nash in a tag team match in
Sunrise, Florida. As it had already been done, Savage gave Hulk Hogan a title shot the
next night on Nitro. He dropped the belt, repeating the same finish. Vicious and Nash both
played a part in the match. He won over Dennis Rodman on August 14th in Sturgis.
Savage got some assistance from Gorgeous George. In ’99, he had also been
accompanied by Madusa Micelli and Miss Madness.
Savage went into retirement. He appeared in Tokyo for the January 4, 2000 show at the
Dome. He wrestled Rick Steiner and was pinned. Several months later, Savage returned
on an edition of Monday Nitro. His appearance was brief. Fans continued to see Savage
during Nitro telecasts in Slim Jim commercials through June 2000. His WCW contract
ended without renewal. Things in World Championship Wrestling were changing by the
day. In July ’00, Hulk Hogan was ousted from his position under mysterious
In October 2000, Savage prepared himself to portray a wrestler for a feature Hollywood
film. Months and months went by with constant changes. No one was quite sure what was
WCW’s future. In March 2001, World Championship Wrestling was sold to the WWF.
Many began to wonder where it left many of those who had left the WWF years before.
Savage continued his Hollywood career. He began working on a new Spider Man Film
which was due out in theaters sometime in 2002. He also appeared during MTV’s Spring
Savage had an important announcement for the wrestling industry on Monday, December
10, 2001, provided through 1wrestling.com. The news was a specific challenge towards
Hulk Hogan in a special charity match, benefitting the All Children’s Hospital in St.
Petersburg. The next day, Randy held a press conference in Tampa and more details
were given about his challenge. If Hogan's prior engagements prevented a match, Savage
would donate $10,000 to the hospital himself…in the “Hulkster’s” name.
Hogan did not make an official response for the challenge. In December 2001, Savage
donated a check in the amount of $10,000 to the hospital.
The “Macho Man” Randy Savage has been an intricle part of professional wrestling for
nearly twenty-years. Without him, a hole has been left, but fans know that his mark has
been made. The top-rope elbow-drop was always a crowd favorite. To this day, fans
recall the legendary grappler’s finger swirling above his head as he shouted “Oh, Yeah.”
-ICW World Heavyweight Title (1979-’83) defeated Lanny Poffo
-WWC North American Heavyweight Title (1984-’85) defeated Pedro Morales
-A two-time AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion
-Defeated Jerry Lawler (1985)
-Defeated Jerry Oske (1985)
-WWF Intercontinental Title (1986-’87) defeated Tito Santana
-A two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion
-Defeated Ted DiBiase (1988) tournament final
-Defeated Ric Flair (1992)
-WWF King of the WWF (1989) defeated Jim Duggan
-A four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion
-Won World War III (1995) vacant title victory
-Defeated Ric Flair (1996)
-Defeated Sting (1998)
-Defeated Kevin Nash (1999)
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