I missed it Monday night, but Raw did a solid video package with their Randy Savage tribute. Good job, WWE.
Here’s another great written tribute from Bill Simmons of ESPN.
The biggest question about Macho Man before his death was why he hadn’t yet been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. There were several rumors circulating, but and interview with George “The Animal” Steele seems like the most likely:
One of “The Macho Man” Randy Savage’s greatest rivals from the 80’s, George “The Animal” Steele, was on Busted Open with Doug Mortman and Dave LaGreca, which airs Mondays and Wednesdays at 2-4 PM ET on Sirius 92 and XM 207.
“That’s been said a lot of different ways, and there’s been a lot of different things said that are not true necessarily.”
“I think that what happened with Randy, when his career was winding down with the WWF, Vince McMahon just loved Randy,” he continued. “After all everything Randy had done and he took him under his wing, and he wanted Randy after the ring was over with for him, he wanted him to be our spokesperson. He was traveling with Vince all the time. Randy was almost like a son, they were really tight. And then one day, we were at a TV meeting, and we got word that Randy, without calling Vince, had left and jumped to the WCW.”
“I had never seen Vince McMahon broken before, he was crushed. It hurt him big time and I don’t think he ever got over that. I think that’s the real problem to be honest with you. I heard all this other stuff that I think is garbage when it comes to Randy and relationships with daughters and all that stuff… I don’t think that’s anywhere’s close to the truth.”
It’s a little bit of a relief to hear… and also kinda sad that Vince never fully mended fences before Macho died.
RIP Randy Savage.