Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage to enter WWE Hall of Fame
(Bleacher Report) STAMFORD, Conn. – One of the last major travesties of the wrestling industry was remedied Monday night as WWE announced ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage will be the first inductee for the 2015 Hall of Fame class.
When asked by Stone Cold Steve Austin on the WWE Network about if and when Savage would get into the Hall of Fame, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was blunt with his answer, via Joe Nguyen of The Denver Post, “Oh absolutely. Definitely. I’d say soon. I’m not so sure if it’s this year but soon.”
As a two-time WWE champion, four time WCW world heavyweight champion, one-time Intercontinental Champion and 1987 King of the King winner, Savage has the resume to be a first-ballot inductee.
Unfortunately, the induction will be posthumous, as Savage passed away in 2011 from a heart attack.
Savage’s older brother Lanny Poffo told Interactive Wrestling Radio, via WrestlingInc.com, why he and his family were ready to allow Randy to be inducted on his own, instead of continuing to insist he would enter with his father and brother as well:
OK, I am bending and let me explain why. The day I turned 59, it finally hit me I’m the older brother. There were a lot of times in my life, being the Macho Man’s brother and Angelo’s son, I didn’t get my way. As the last man standing, I am now.
So, I told my mother I’m willing to allow the WWE to put ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage in the Hall of Fame by himself. I’m not going to have a blinking contest with Vince McMahon. He’s got balls of steel and he’s willing to cut off his nose to spite his face. I’m just not man enough to do that, fellas. I can stand up to a lot of people but not him. He’s got more guts and brains than anyone I’ve ever met.
Even Randy would have told you that. What is the Hall of Fame anyway? It isn’t for the Macho Man, it is for the Macho fan and they are the ones that made him great. I’m sorry, Randy. I hope that you’re not mad at me. Maybe we’ll find out later.
Regardless of why Savage was kept out of the WWE Hall of Fame for so long, fans will finally get their opportunity to celebrate the life and career of one of the most entertaining personalities in the history of wrestling.
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Finally. The Macho Man Randy Savage will take his place in the #WWEHOF!! http://instagram.com/p/xww1hWkpE-/
12:15 PM – 12 Jan 2015
After watching Bruno Sammartino and The Ultimate Warrior enter the Hall of Fame and Sting make his WWE debut at Survivor Series in November, many of the complaints wrestling fans had with WWE over the years have now been recognized and answered.
Championships only tell half the story with Savage, but his long-term influence on pop culture and the reach he had beyond wrestling made him an iconic figure of the 1980s and 90s. More than 20 years after his last stint with the WWE, Savage finally gets his rightful spot in the Hall of Fame.
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