Yet another black mark befell the WWE Hall of Fame this week...
Randy Savage featured in WWE All-Stars Commercial
A new video has been released featuring “Macho Man” Randy Savage promoting the upcoming WWE All-Stars video game. This is big news since Randy Savage has been persona non grata in the WWE for years. Will this finally lay to rest the urban legend about Savage and a teenage Stephanie McMahon?
The commercial stars Randy Savage cutting a vintage “Macho Man” promo to push the upcoming video game. The game plays in the background which features several versions of Randy Savage. From what I can see by the ad, Randy Savage will be a big if not the focal part in the upcoming video game. This would be the first time a WWE video game will include Randy Savage since the 1990s. Savage looks more Santa Claus in the ad than the Macho King but it is still fun seeing Savage back in the WWE fold.
The urban legend that has floated around pro wrestling circles for the last several years revolves around Randy Savage and Stephanie McMahon. Legend has it that there was some kind of indiscretion that occurred to between Savage and a very young Stephanie. Nobody has ever confirmed this other than several close friends of Savage mentioning that they have heard the rumors but none ever confirming this actually happened. Other than something as traumatic as this, the blackballing of Savage over guys that have done much more to try and harm Vince never made any sense.
Hulk Hogan was actually asked about it on his radio show. He responded, “”What’s that got to do with anything, I mean Stephanie’s a grown woman,” asked Hogan. “You know, Macho, his name has never been uttered again out of Vince McMahon’s mouth, and I’ve been back several times – the SummerSlam’s with Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton, the big RAW anniversary – and you’re right brother, ooh yeah, that Macho Man’s name has never been mentioned. If that’s true, maybe that’s the reason he never went back there. I’ll do a little digging around.”
We’re still waiting Hulk.
A bridge was slightly rebuilt when the WWE produced a Randy Savage DVD last year entitled Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Collection. Unlike the Ultimate Warrior’s DVD who Vince also had a personal vendetta with, this DVD was fairly complimentary to the former WWE champion (and got him sued). It should be noted that Savage did not appear in the DVD or do any promotion for the home video.
A second step to rebuilding the bridge came over the summer. Mattel announced that they would be releasing a Randy Savage action figure as part of their “Defining Moments” series over the summer of 2010. Savage cut a promo promoting the figure in his WrestleMania VII outfit. The action figure marked the first Randy Savage WWE figure in 15 years.
Seeing Randy Savage in a commercial that will air all over WWE programming tells me that the gate has been lifted and Vince McMahon has welcomed Randy Savage back into the fold. No announcement about Savage going into the WWE Hall of Fame has been made but I think it is fair to say after seeing this commercial it isn’t a matter of if, it is a matter of when. With Shawn Michaels going in this year, that takes Michaels, Hogan, Flair, Steve Austin, and Roddy Piper off the table of future inductees. Randy Savage, the Ultimate Warrior, and The Rock are the only real headliners left unless Bruno Sammartino changes his mind. The induction makes sense for business and is more deserved than 75% of the inductees in the Hall.
As for the video game, the game will mix legends and current WWE superstars including The Rock. it looks great but so did Legends of WrestleMania. I am a very casual gamer but I must say that I was stoked about Legends when I saw the commercial. Unfortunately after playing the game for 10 minutes I have to conclude that it was one of the worst video games I ever played in my life. It was beyond horrendous and probably available in a $5 bin somewhere. WWE All-Stars may look great but I’ll believe it when I see it after the debacle known as Legends of WrestleMania.
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