We don’t talk a lot about professional wrestling here at GeekNation, save for a video game review here, or a streaming service overview there. This news, though, deserves a mention, because it signifies that one of the most timeless performers in the genre’s history will finally be getting the recognition he deserves from a company that he helped to firmly put on the map.
After years of speculation and dumbfounded curiosity from both active and lapsed wrestling fans alike, last night on “WWE Monday Night Raw,” it was announced that the incomparable “Macho Man” Randy Savage would be the star inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. Savage is one of the last remaining perceived “shoo-ins” from the era known as the “1980s Wrestling Boom,” an era which saw performers like “Ravishing” Rick Rude, the Ultimate Warrior, Andre the Giant, and Hulk Hogan rising to the top of the hybrid sports entertainment stage. While rumors have persisted for years about Savage having a rocky relationship with WWE owner Vince McMahon, the man’s later years seemed to signify a mending of some kind, as Savage had reappeared with new licensing deals and merchandise from the company that helped make him a star.
Unfortunately, this honor is one that Savage, born Randy Poffo, will not be able to witness himself. He died from a sudden heart attack in 2011 at the age of 58.
Still, fans around the world are likely elated knowing that Savage will be officially recognized by the WWE as one of its all-time greatest performers, since his in-ring ability, athleticism, and intensely sharp charisma have left an indelible impression on the entire world of professional wrestling, and indeed pop culture at-large.
Savage led a vibrant career through professional wrestling. Originally planning to play baseball, Randy Poffo was recruited out of high school to play in the minor leagues with hopes of being called up to the majors. After breaking into professional wrestling in the early 1970s, he took the name “Randy Savage” and later supplemented it with the “Macho Man” nickname on advice from his mother. He wrestled in various territories before arriving in the then-World Wrestling Federation in 1985, and quickly became one of the organization’s marquee stars. Its national prominence combined with Savage’s athleticism and unparalleled and entertaining oratory made him a massive draw, and he would go on to become the World Wrestling Federation Champion on two separate occasions, as well as winning the coveted Intercontinental Championship, while also coming out on top in 1987’s “King of the Ring” tournament.
Savage would eventually leave the then-WWF for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1994, and largely stayed there until that company went out of business in 2001. A few sporadic wrestling appearances and an appearance in Sam Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man ultimately saw Savage retreat from the public spotlight, and he returned to his home state of Florida. There, he remarried to his high school sweetheart before his passing in 2011.
The 2015 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on the eve of “WrestleMania 31,” March 28th, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, and he’ll be inducted by none other than his one-time partner and rival: Hulk Hogan. More inductees will be announced over the next couple of months leading up to WWE’s biggest event, but its unlikely that any of the others will deserve the honor quite as much as the “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
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