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WWE Macho Man The Randy Savage Story DVD Review

The Randy Savage Story is arguably the most eagerly anticipated WWE home video release in months. The all-new documentary chronicling the career of the Macho Man in a package is a must-own and should be on every wrestling fan’s holiday list.

I want to make it clear that this is an entirely different set than the one released a few years back on the former Macho King. The previous release was a fantastic collection of Savage matches, one of the best overall collections released by the WWE, yet contained no documentary. This video features a documentary in alignment with several Savage classic matches.

The documentary features a tremendous assortment of Savage’s former colleagues including Hulk Hogan, Lex Luger, Jimmy Hart, Jerry Lawler, as well as his brother Lanny Poffo. Poffo’s inclusion is quite interesting considering how outspoken he has been about the WWE’s treatment of his brother in recent years. Several current WWE stars also speak on the Macho Man including Dolph Ziggler and Paul Heyman.

The documentary is fantastic and covers all of Savage’s career. One of the more interesting segments of the documentary focused on Savage’s promos. Lanny Poffo credited Pampero Firpo for influencing Savage’s promos, specifically the “Oh Yeah”. It was cool to see some old video on and it was almost eerie listening to how much like Savage he sounded on the promo.

The DVD certainly did not shy away from Savage’s controversies in and out of the ring. For starters the DVD addressed the stories told for years about Savage locking Liz in dressing rooms and his jealousy. Many of his peers confirmed the story, with Jimmy Hart going as far as to say that Savage once bought Liz a week’s worth of TV Dinners so she wouldn’t have to leave the house. While I would expect Savage’s brother Lanny to defend him, he lost a lot of credibility here. He called everyone liars which if it weren’t for the fact that Savage’s own personal friends have told these stories for years, he might have a case.

Savage’s divorce from Liz was also covered. The divorce crushed Savage. Randy believed that Liz left him and moved in with Hulk Hogan and his family. Hulk denies that his family had anything to do with it. This is nothing new to insiders, yet I am not sure whether this has been addressed on any of the home videos in the past.

Savage’s exit from the WWE to WCW is also covered. According to his peers, Savage left because Vince felt he couldn’t keep up with the younger guys or draw anymore. A story is told about Savage suggesting a year-long program with Shawn Michaels which would culminate at WrestleMania. The program was suddenly scrapped and that was the last straw for Savage.

Savage’s run in WCW is covered in great detail. You get a sense of what a good guy Savage was when you hear DDP talk about their series. Lanny says that Savage wanted to help DDP because he saw something in him. Lex Luger says that Savage gave WCW credibility. Savage wanted to prove Vince wrong and anyone who saw his early WCW run would conclude he did.

Of course Savage and Hogan’s shaky relationship had its share of issues in WCW. Kevin Nash tells a story where Hogan and Savage would both bring their own beer to the shows. If you drank Hogan’s beer, you were a Hogan guy and Savage wanted nothing to do with you and vice versa. Gene Okerlund says that they just didn’t like each other at all.

One thing I will always remember about Savage’s run was his return after knee surgery. He came back much bigger yet much slower and a shell of himself in the ring. Lanny says that Savage knew he couldn’t keep up with the younger talent in WCW and wanted to surround himself with gimmicks to hide those insecurities and weaknesses. That would explain Team Madness.

I will give the WWE a lot of credit here. The WWE went out of their way to show a side of Randy that not many wrestling fans were aware of. Savage was a very charitable guy. His friends tells a story about Randy building and donating a gym to some youngsters and then coming around to help them work out. Savage’s charitable side was rarely talked about which is an even bigger testament to where his heart was in his charity work. Savage’s relationship with children was also discussed. A girl who used to be a family friend of Savage’s said that Savage once taught her how to do the flying elbow when she was a kid.

The yellow elephant in the room was Vince McMahon’s ban on Savage. It was noted that all of the former WWE stars came back after WCW was sold but Savage. Nobody is clear as to why this was but all agree that his banishment was strange. Now the yellow elephant here is an old urban legend that has been told about this story. The story itself is not detailed, but Dusty Rhodes does touch on it. The story is that Vince found about an inappropriate encounter Randy allegedly had with Stephanie when Steph was much younger. Dusty alludes to it and says that nobody will ever know the truth. What is interesting to me is that all the WWE had to do was have Stephanie come on and deny it, without going into details. They didn’t and the silence of her and her father in this segment are quite telling in my opinion.

Now Lanny offered up a side to this story. According to Lanny, it was Randy that wanted nothing to do with the WWE. Lanny said that Randy took the Nacho Man skits very hard. Lanny said he was enraged by the segments, particularly what he felt was an insinuation that Hulk and Liz had something going. Randy was also mad about the jokes about his hair. Lanny said that Randy never forgot that and became even angrier about comments made in the WWE Magazine by Triple H. Hunter called Savage a dinosaur. Savage was furious and cut a promo on his website about bitch slapping Hunter and taking his girl. A clip of the interview is shown on the DVD.

Savage’s passing was covered by his brother and his mother. Lanny and Randy were obviously very close and having recently lost a brother myself, my heart goes out to him. Randy and his mother both say they got the call, which came a year after Randy married his high school sweetheart. Savage’s friends all recount the day they heard the news and memorialize the Macho Man. Hulk Hogan of all people tells an interesting story about a conversation he had with Savage’s doctor. Hogan and Savage share the same doctor and he said the doctor told him that Randy would still be alive if he would have taken an EKG test the doctor suggested. Randy was allegedly at the doctor’s office with his mother and was so concerned about his mother, he blew off his own test.

DISC 1

Documentary
– Driven to Perfection
– Bred to Achieve
– Baseball Days
– Transition into Wrestling
– Developing The Macho Man
– Earning a Reputation
– WrestleMania III
– WWE Champion
– Mega Powers
– Randy & Liz
– Spokesperson
– WCW
– Hardships
– Giving Back
– True Love
– May 20, 2011
– Cream of the Crop

DISC 2

Intercontinental Championship Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Superstars * November 22, 1986

Lumberjack Match for the Intercontinental Championship
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Bruno Sammartino
Boston Garden * February 7, 1987

Intercontinental Championship Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Maple Leaf Gardens * February 15, 1987

“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. “The King” Harley Race
Philadelphia, PA * September 18, 1987

Six-Man Tag Team Steel Cage Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage & Strike Force vs. Honky Tonk Man & The Hart Foundation
Boston Garden * March 5, 1988

WWE Championship Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase
Boston Garden * July 9, 1988

Harlem Street Fight for the WWE Championship
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Bad News Brown
Hamilton, Ontario * January 16, 1989

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Madison Square Garden * April 24, 1989

DISC 3

“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
Miami, FL * January 22, 1990

WWE Championship Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Shawn Michaels
Munich, Germany * April 14, 1992

WWE Championship Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior
SummerSlam * August 31, 1992

WWE Championship Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair
Prime Time Wrestling * September 14, 1992

WCW Television Championship Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Arn Anderson
WCW Saturday Night * January 28, 1995

Steel Cage Match for the WCW Championship
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair
WCW Superbrawl VI * February 11, 1996

Las Vegas Sudden Death Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Diamond Dallas Page
WCW Halloween Havoc * October 26, 1997

BLU-RAY EXTRAS

Lumberjack Match for the WWE Championship
Hulk Hogan vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Madison Square Garden * February 17, 1986

Winner is the King of WWE
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan
Madison Square Garden * October 28, 1989

“Macho Man” Randy Savage & Sting vs. The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal & Earl Robert Eaton)
WCW Saturday Night * September 9, 1995

“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Booker T
WCW Nitro * December 15, 1997

Blu-Ray Exclusive Stories
– Ambidextrous?
– Card Shark
– Fearing the Savage
– Getting into the WWE
– Snake Fixed?
– A Safety Net
– Hundred Dollar Bill Guy
– Jerusalem
– Highly Competitive
– No Days Off
– Cowboy Hats
– Part of the Team
– Shifting Gears
– Very Generous
– Thanksgiving Call
– Walking Away
– Michael Schmidt
– Macho Tip

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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