Friday, 24 June 2011

WWE RAW's 3 hour power to the people Review

WWE’s latest and interesting offerings from the 3 hour Power To the - rip off John Lennon - People, were, text your answers in so we can make money off of it – more fool you.

Cyber Monday was a rather interesting revelation. CM held Raw to ransom by making snow angles in the ring until he was heard in regards to his wrestling future. Mocking and repeating Cole’s scripted shortcomings – to which a massive piece of paper to read from was displayed, had the Anonymous GM reveal Punks spot for the show later tonight.

You can lie on the floor next to me and make snow angels. The CM Punk snow angles fitness DVD, coming to all retail outlets near you soon! CM – Charlie’s (Punks) angel is Max Waltham?  J

Oh dear... It started so credible…

It’s only right that Max Waltham express his view that will make him go NUCLEAR! And you know exactly what’s going to light the touch paper.

Kelly Kelly! WWE or him as its known placed the Divas/Women’s Title on Bimbo Bimbo for the very first time. WWE officially announced that all of it’s Women & Divas were rendered obsolete and shouldn’t have a care in the world about the title because it is now officially worthless. Vince McMahon just shat right on Fabulous Moolah from the greatest height. You are a disgrace! And I will tell you because no one else will. It was the wrong decision. No one can aspire to the title now, as Kelly, who had groundbreaking matches with Layla on ECW (the rebirth) to which she was in tears of her own disgraceful ‘performance’, cannot even claim the title on reputation. She did barely nothing, never even touches the Rikishi/Torrie Wilson stinkface on her opponent – utterly shambolic, and bungles every move. Even Lou Thesz would not be impressed by this disgust. Women’s Wrestling can be one of the biggest draws WWE has to offer. However, it will not offer anything constructive when some tart holds the title who cannot wrestle in skimpy outfits or even ‘entertain’ neither. To save this at the ‘crisis point’ you need to take the title off of Kelly asap and not give it back to her
until she is credible – which will be never. most likely. Failure to do so out of foolish pride will cost everything around it.

As Kelly Kelly won the title, (Michael Cole inadvertently informed us she would win, or was it Michael Cole? Hmmm) therefore writing the history books as – Brie Bella – the last ever Women’s Champion in WWE history.

The Women’s division is officially dead.

Here is Kelly's Best Match -

Was selected to smash Bourne
Evan Boring was up next. His choices for a match opponent – Jack Swagger, whom he has constantly defeated in a nothing come of it match numerous times over the last month or so and the same monthly period LAST YEAR. Can this feud – it’s going nowhere for either ‘competitor’. Mason Ryan and Sin Cara were the other choices to which Ryan was selected. Yes WWE, the audience told you that it wanted to see Evan Bourne squashed. You need to listen to the audience. Once it tells you it wants someone you wish to excel squashed, there is a problem in booking procedure (and the future for that star – be it jobber or endeavours)

Mark Henry came out to rip off R-Truth’s gimmick. Wow. So creative. On a different brand just pinch the same idea from the other and ‘no one will notice’. Henry fought Kane and then had a Big Show run in – whom looked like that pokemon with gloves on! They had a arm wrestling bout which didn’t work out well.

Shades of Zach Gowan.

R Truth, Christian and then The Miz formed the WWE Women Institute (if only, I’d be in charge I tell ya!) and moaned about their downtrodden receptions the previous night at Capitol Punishment PPV. All 3 lost the previous night and the match was set for a 6 man against, Jimmy Randy Riley??? Mmmm sounds interestingly hot as a tongue twister :p

Vickie Guerrero, WWE’s Best Heel (she is the only one who has the most immense heat for years), came out and showed off her new figure. Good for her. She looks amazing, now maybe WWE will cut the weight management jokes. With her new US Champ in tow, Dolph Ziggler fought Kofi Kingston in a 2 out of three falls obviously placed choice match.

Ziggler won the first fall in an ad break. That’s right, when the commercials were on. Ludicrous. Donald Trump – Bring back commercial free! Kofi won the second and Ziggler snatched the third to end a good match type that was washed adrift by time constraints. Save it for PPV or if on RAW – which some matches should be, devote proper time to it. A DQ involved for Ziggles wasn’t helping either.

Alberto Del Rio had a feature in a #1 contenders match for the WWE Title at Money In The Bank 2011 – the next grand PPV.

He lost it to CM Punk whom also beat Rey Mysterio in this triple threat challenge. All 3 wrestled very well – but that doesn’t seem to count these days…

Daniel Bryan fought Cody Rhodes whom, after failing to get voted a paper bag match, distributed them to the audience anyway. After another wonderful wrestling match following on from the previous delight, Rhodes ended with bagging Bryan (now that’s a match I’d like to be a part of) If you liked it then you shouldda put a bag on it!
Very appealing! And BIG!

Ted DiBiase also held up the victim whom Rhodes placed over. It was also voted a no count out match btw.

The Paper Bag Massive! If you liked it then you should'da put a bag on it!

Vickie Guerrero came back to have a dance contest with an announcer. It wasn’t presenter, and still employed somehow, Matt ‘Bumbling’ Striker, whom I had immense respect for until he threw his creative juices away to “stick to the script”, and those photos… (Bout time we saw the guys in contrast to the ‘girls’).

Did I tempt fate? Vickie danced to Michael Cole. Cole got his funky chicken moves on, and then the vote was decided by the WWE Universe in attendance. Vickie was cheered mostly, Cole was jeered. The winner? Michael Cole, based on, wait for it, the loudest boo’s? Ermm, you win a contest based on popularity as WWE always rigs. If you are boo’ed you LOSE! WWE should be boo’ing themselves! Cole even did the Worm (Scotty2Hotty's former manoeuvre).

Cole is the next go-go dancer perhaps?

After a painstaking long night, the 6 man tag Cena, Orton, Riley was voted for an Elimination match. I knew this match should not have happened, because it was solely obvious whom WWE would drop first! :@

First to go :(
An option for Alex Riley to have a guaranteed 20 minute match was scrapped for an elimination match, which lasted much longer than 20 and required A-Rod to be the first eliminated. WHAT?? The newest star to rise and be nurtured from the recently hatched WWE egg of stardom, and they, eliminate him, first? 

With Riley gone it wasn’t long before his feuding partner was predicted to drop next. Miz/Riley is the only feud WWE has going for it now. It’s fresh, vibrant and fluid. Both are garnering so much together and developing and one is already a ‘top guy’. Favouring Cena/Orton for money purposes will not gain new stars. WWE makes enough money, so stop the greed and think. Instead of seeing the extra dollar signs you could make in a second with a Cena title run, forget making the pocket money and start investing in Alex Riley and the rest to follow. With no new stars developed now, WWE, once it cannot rely on Favoured or legendary stars like Cena, Orton, Triple H, Undertaker, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold and The Rock (whom deserves his comeback), you wont have ANY stars, and hence, no grand money making superstars. By this time your audience will have left in their thousands. Do remember that when the children of the attitude era grow up, and become distant from the product for what they grew up with to its uturn today, they will take their children with them AWAY from WWE. Therefore the children will not be WWE’s future…

Christian took the lead on RAW

Riley was dropped first (by Miz), then (Cena) removed The Miz. R Truth got the RKO from (Randy Orton), whom then was sent to the showers by (Christian). John Cena ended him off with the STF.

CM Punk revealed at the end that he gets in trouble for speaking his mind on truth and wrestling values. Does anyone know anyone else similar to this? Answers on a postcard please!

A Postcard from Paradise? There's a space on that hammock :)

Punk finally revealed that he was ready to leave the WWE on July 17th when his contract expires. It’s no surprise Punk wants to leave is it? He hasn’t won on a PPV for 9 consecutive times. If CM wants to go, make sure you stop by and pick me up! Bonnie & Clyde 2011 :P When he does leave he vows to take the WWE Championship with him after becoming number 1 contender on RAW’s power to the people edition.

Talk of the town is, Is Punk REALLY leaving? Or is it a work? Seeing as WWE has pulled its previous Cena fired for 4 weeks, 2 of which were right there in the audience when he lied on air that he would visit his brother and baby niece blah blah and returned 2 weeks later to employment. WWE also dropped Dolph Ziggler from Smackdown when ‘fired’ to resurface on RAW months later, rehired as a RAW superstar, no less. WWE chose to drop Ziggler after he won the World Heavyweight Championship to add. What a way to cripple a ‘star’ they wanted to make big.

These 2 examples were works that everyone understood. The sadness is, that Michelle McCool actually DID retire in her loser leaves WWE match to Layla. The irony is no one believed it was true (and probably still don’t till now).

Has indeed retired

So devise your own logic. Can Punk win the title and then be ‘bought’ or ‘legally contracted’ to stay? It would be a dream scenario, but the WWE Title cannot move outside of WWE’s walls. But, who would want that revolving centrepiece that devalues and stands for nothing when someone wears it, as it will forever be the John Cena/Entertainment title?

RAW’s power to the people disgraced many viewers and damaged its own opinion (and no it’s not ‘my biased opinion’, to excuse yourselves from responsibility). If you want people to respect, value and tune in and support the product, you must support the audience with what they want to see to a degree. The majority weren’t as mad as I was, but at least 90 – 94% did not want Kelly Kelly as champion. They wanted to be able to vote online, and have matches that weren’t biased or pre determined in such a derisory way that one obvious outcome would suffice. In other words, WWE messed up or dropped the ball BIG time. You really do need damage control.

Who excelled on RAW? Kelly Kelly didn’t gain anything, Ziggler coverage was commercially blinded (he scored a ½ pinfalls in the ad break), Cena was sole survivor after benching everyone else who had chances to sell new superstars elevating, an absence of Zack Ryder, and Evan Bourne once again failing to set the world alight by being ‘Ultra Green’.

Who or what was the success story to talk about of P2P? No one. Punk caused the talking point. But a 3 hour RAW. All those matches. And not one person or newbie excelled. Maybe you really should start to throw those dollars at me and shove them down my gob to shut me up and fix the product. The change needs to begin. WWE has become the same old feuds in the same old spots on the same old PPV in the same space of the year, every year. Eventually, they will all go elsewhere…

But, hey, what do I know?

And by the way, no discredit to the man himself, and I am not here for the appreciation or credit, but it’s very fair to say that if I didn’t harp on about Alex Riley and explain his potential WWE would never have pushed him forward. A little something of acknowledgement wouldn’t go a miss… I don’t want it abused on every RAW but why not drop a few – Rileylicious! ‘es? Or place MW on the back of Riley’s tights? Or go all out and have Punk confess his ‘love’ for Max Waltham? J Or Vince McMahon could come out and tell me to stick it!

I do not do bitter or nasty, but I deal in honest truths and focus to change – that’s the real power to the people.

© Max Waltham, 24th June 2011

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

WWE Capitol Punishment 2011 Results and Review

WWE Capitol Punishment 2011 Results and Review

The themed PPV, televised live, on Sunday, June 19th from the Verizon Centre in Washington D.C – capitol to the nation, was about to deliver punishment. But who would receive this ‘punishment’ with a capital P?

Better Hair but not setting me alight, yet

After countless and dire promos of Barack Obama (and for what reason was Obama associated with this PPV?), WWE presented its beginning of summer season PPV’s.

Beginning this PPV, was Vickie Guerrero, WWE’s greatest heel today (looking very well) introducing her boyfriend to start the first match.

US Championship

Kofi Kingston (c) Vs Dolph Ziggler

Cougar lookin' well!
After witnessing countless reruns of this match, previously on RAW’s Smackdown’s and PPV’s, Former Heavyweight Champion of 1 day Ziggler was sent to grasp the US Title instead. The number one prize ignored for a secondary title? Nethertheless, Mr Ziggles brought the fight to Kingston in a fair but slightly uninterested match for the mass audience (it has been done to death and garnered no interest any more), both put on a tremendous effort with Vickie adding to the working contrast. Vickie managed to pull Kofi’s hair, which was met with the over exaggeration of – pulling out/on Kofi’s eyes by Michael ‘goofball’ Cole. The only interesting part, at the end was Ziggler choking Kofi out to a sleeper hold – pass out. For his efforts in silencing Kingston, Ziggler is the new United States Champion once and for all.

I should, but i dont wanna unzip... not seeing perfection in the blond locks

The next match..

Alex Riley Vs The Miz

Met by the audience with, The Miz? In a 2nd place spot. Former Champion and top guy was their concern for being placed lower on the card.

Placement on the card is key to not overshadowing the main event and all that lead up to it however I agree that it probably wasn’t best to book either man here, however, it was a place to show what they both can do which will be recognised instantly. The only trouble is it will be instantly forgotten in the run up to the Cena fest ensuing.

Miz, after an explanation in a vignette before the match regarding Riley’s ‘carry case’ (briefcase) – which contained nothing, was all he had alongside his former mentor. Riley even grabbed Michael Cole at ringside by his tie over the announce table after his passion for The Miz was annoying A –Ri, to which Miz gut kicked Ri and sent him back in the ring, before planning to end the match with the briefcase in tow. Miz planned to use this to his advantage, but alas the ref caught wind, confiscated the item, and Alex Riley was able to nail The Miz for his first PPV and one on one victory with the Jump Swing DDT (or the A-Rod? Perhaps).

Credit to both men, possible to have Feud of the year..

A -Rod made this finisher work, and Miz'es legs sold well

Max Waltham was right to suggest Riley be moved to an overall headline position, and on the RAW brand. The most obvious feud can be bypassed for predictability in this case due to the fact that both these men have got it going on. Both can work a mic, showcase their talent in the ring and put on a show of such proportion that they gather crowd interaction and siding with either/or. Both had supporters on the night, for different reasons. And it is a welcome attribute to both men’s work. Both put on an excellent wrestling vocab that both could be capable of making this the feud of the year. It should be a slow burner that slowly gathers heat and builds a much bigger catharsis to blow the minds of today’s force-fed downplay ‘entertainment’. Alex Riley’s defining moment was signing The Miz off with a Jumping DDT for a 3 fall to finish. The WWE Universe were thrilled to see Miz get his comeuppance as arrogant boss/mentor as well as the Alex Riley catapult to stardom: Part 1.


Met with debates on not having a strong finisher. Allow me to take the lead on this one, the simplistic of moves can be used credibly. It is how you sell, deliver and engage your audience with them. The Rock made a DDT work extremely well. Alberto Del Rio is proving the technical master of today with an armbar. And a Jump Swing DDT is actually a strong move to gain a pinfall on. The days of throwing someone from the ceiling is not necessary for grand impact. Mine would be a bearhug finisher J

Wanna Bearhug me Miz??

Ps. Did you know: (I’m not quoting) – Alex Riley was the hometown hero of this PPV from Washington D.C, apparently).

First major victory sets Riley to key player level for WWE's future

OMG! WWE Films bought the rights to Men In Black 5 : Infiltrating the WWE! Oh, no. It was just the presidents henchmen. The President! So he was there after all. Vickie Guerrero then appeared from the corridor to sing a rendition of Happy Birthday with slight word alteration of Father’s Day. Doing her best Marilyn Monroe for WWE’s comedy outtakes, Vick was dragged out of the way by Tommy Lee J… the presidents security so he could have some peace.

Might wanna tell WWE about false advertising..

The next match was a right stinker. Alberto Del ‘Stinko’ (Where is the creativity?) came out in a ravishing new number – the car I mean, but the rest was always ok. Some people weren’t sure if this match officially began or not. Technically I heard the bell ring, but it can always be altered.

Alberto Del Rio Vs The Big Show

Future WWE and would’ve been by now World Champion, Alberto Del Rio had his first groundbreaking feud on the RAW brand. A pointless filler with someone who cannot sell its rookies which is what Big Show’s predominant role should be.

Big Show rushed to the ring to ambush Del Rio. And No sell his recent injury in which he was run over horrifically by the Mexican Aristocrat. Big Show ran rapidly to the ring to smash Alby into the barricades at ringside. But it wasn’t long before revenge was about to rear it’s head.

Not much on the night.

Mark Henry came out to nail Big Show. So, to clarify, ADR’s first RAW feud (met with its first PPV culmination) ended before beginning to set up Show’s next feud with Mark Henry? I am glad ADR didn’t have to waste his time in a derogatory showing to Big Show, but if WWE realises it, just don’t book it! It really makes you look useless and makes the star your trying to build actually look pitifull. It does more harm to the superstar than not.

Henry dropped “The World’s Largest Athlete(?)” into the Spanish announce table clean through to the bottom. I don’t know why a match was scheduled.

Intercontinental Championship

Wade Barrett (c) Vs Ezekiel Jackson

A rematch from last month’s exact same match. They managed to string it out for another month? Impressive…

The Corre is no more..

Wade Barrett trashed the US in the typical capitalism – nationalism ball rolling for patriotic heat. The irony was that the crowd chanted USA for Ezekiel (whom comes from Guyana (previously known as British Guiana, or Anglo - Caribbean).

With the rematch of Big Zeke using just a footstomp as his offence, he decided to have a little more aggression to night, although it was all over the place and wasn’t anything near thrilling. The only thing Zeke managed was to slightly bounce Barrett up and down 2 -3 times in the torture rack. Barrett as usual, tried to sell, but it was limited to what he could do based on Zeke’s lacklustre performance which saw Ezekiel write a new chapter in his memoirs by gaining the Intercontinental Championship via submission.

Jerry Lawler rushed into the ring to stick a mic in Zeke’s face and ask about his title win. It was the “greatest day” of my life claimed Ezekiel. Then uttered something about domination, does he want a new nation of domination?

CM Punk Vs Rey Mysterio

YOU belong with me :)
It maybe a rematch, but at least it was entertaining and enthralling. This wasn’t constantly booked so was slightly ‘ok’ That’s no excuse, but at least we had a wrestling match!

Punk got his PPV victory at long last! After a hard fought back and forth battle Punk raised his knees and lovely legs to send Mysterio to the ground for a 3 fall.

Previously Punk hadn’t won for 9 PPV’s in a row since Extreme Rules 2010…

Aww, time to get rough around the edges…

World Heavyweight Championship

Randy Orton (c) Vs Christian

Time for the rugged stubble.

R Truth and Christian – both cast in the same role on the same night, stealing championships they both feel were stolen from them meant neither stood a chance entering with it on their shoulders.

Can Christian ever beat Randy Orton? WWE just told you – No.

smirk looks slightly heelish..

Don’t expect another reign for him anytime soon. If I were Christian, I would lose the tights and get shorter ones and lose the C symbol. It may just prove to those that be that you look the part to produce for consumption by mass audience.

A new Christian requires something ‘new’ in minds of those that require need.

Many watching blissfully unaware except for me noticing instantly how it was gunna go down gave me a chuckle. Why do audiences not clearly see the foot under the rope until after the controversy is played on screen. It was clear from count number 1 of 3..

don't you dare have a shave!

With the ref failing to call the rope break after a RKO to signal the end of Christian’s third time luck attempt, he now has a fourth time claim via controversy to tie up at MITB. Where a new contender will gain a title shot at Orton. Or knowing WWE, they will let Christian win it back at MITB to have a cash in to cripple Captain Ginger, to another crippling loss.

Have you noticed it’s always ‘Blacks’ ‘Gays’ or ‘Gingers’ who are met with hardship?

For some strange reason the Bella twins, Brie and Nikki, chaperoned a mystery man with a crate of beer to the ring. This redneck looking guy was announced as Keith Stone, a man no one on the astral plane of the WWE Universe knew or had a relation to. (His TV advert debuted one night AFTER the PPV and segmented in between RAW commercials the following night). Maybe it would have worked better if the ad had been on a day before.

They chose to sit at ringside to watch some WWE firsthand.

This just in! A bonus match is coming up! OOhhh lucky us! Anticipated? Oh, Its this match again…

Impromptu ‘Bonus’ Match

Jack Swagger Vs Evan Bourne

In this ‘treat’, former World Heavyweight Champion, Jack Swagger suffered further embarrassment, (The Cole –Lawler saga, demotion of World title at the panicle of a new uprising star – the only one credible to go forward at that time) and the constant battles every year with Evan resulting in the same pointless back and forth feud that makes neither of them grow. Ditch this feud. Evan Bourne destroys all of Swagger’s credibility and persona. Plus a loss everytime is not helping when everyone knows that Ultra Green Evan Bo-(u)-ring will not capitalize on any level from these ‘wins’. Evan Bourne won with a cheap and tacky roll up. How can you set the world alight by winning on a fluke roll up whim? Figure it out… It’s credible critique Ev.

needs to shake the goon image
Push Swagger, remove Bourne and throw him elsewhere for the mean time, then maybe he can develop back to someone else later on. This pairing is devaluing both stars getting over. Or Tag with Kofi against other stars not involving Swagger and push Jack further along to credible people. Or break up Nexus, Team Mikey McGuillercutty with Jack, make tag champs and bring them along a long way before then eventually letting them feud in the inevitable break up.

After this bonus we got another treat. We are being spoilt! Barack Obama addresses the nation on the podium, to which Booker T feels compelled to make Mr.President do the ‘Barack-aroonie!’ If ya smell, what Ba-rack, is, cookin’!

Seeing the fake Barack impersonator made me reminisce about Rosie O’Donnell. I would have preferred to see her out there!

doin' the Barack-aroonie!

After all the eventfully non importance, the main event loomed

WWE Championship

John Cena (c) Vs R-Truth

Little Jimmy Conspiracy continues...

Was there any point dreaming? Everyone knew the outcome, but everyone wanted to believe it was possible. It was. Truth (more deserving than Cena – for Wrestling, delivering Class A Promos in just 2 months and gathered immense heat) could have at least been transitional or a 2 week to one month holder. Truth upheld most of the match from the start, as any wrestler against Cena does to mask his flaws, but how he picked up the scraps this time was rather interesting.

lasted a while , though never official

Towards the end of a typical Cena match, R Truth went to the child in the front row. Hmmm, conspiracy? Or maybe just a plant. After standing next to the child with a barricade separating them, Truth just stood there smiling at Cena on the canvas down, whilst wearing the child’s hat. So what did the Cena fanatic do?

still WWE Champion
He threw the cup of water/juice over R Truth , to which Cena took truth back to the ring for a 1-2-3 to end the match and remain WWE Champion.

Astounding! After all the bullying videos WWE keep throwing down our throats they decide to teach CHILDREN to BULLY people!! Throwing drink into someone’s face is a bully tactic and inconceivable. You wish to train children to go to the playground and throw things at others? What happens when it is something more than just a cup of liquid? You should be ashamed to have allowed that to go out on live TV. Seriously, after the bullying campaigns it is not a ‘funny’ thing to endorse!

teaching children to become bullies?

And WWE are meant to be the grown ups? I hope you can see the point here, because morals and values are lost in today’s society and you are not producing any for the audience. And you are portraying it through your ‘national hero’ John Cena confirming to kids that it is ok and acceptable to behave like that.

1 guy, 2 cups

You just undermined your credibility in how you tackle ‘bullying’. Talk about a double standard.

These practices are just one more added incentive that drives your audience AWAY from the product. To save face, rectifying would be needed, but responsibility is often shirked…

Apart from that, nothing much changed did it, in terms of wrestling and superstars. Where was the entertainment this company is now stating it is there for? Whether you eradicate wrestling or not, for entertainment, there wasn’t any here.

PPV Rating4.5/10

Men/Women of their matchesDolph Ziggler, Alex Riley, Alberto Del Rio, Wade Barrett, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Jack Swagger, R Truth

Man/Woman of the PPVCM Punk

Made a very brief ringside appearance

© Max Waltham, 22nd June 2011

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Obituary 'Macho Man' Randy Savage

‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage
November 15th 1952 - May 20th 2011

No one can deny the popularity of the Macho Man. A huge draw, loved and well respected by the masses for his wrestling credentials and climb to the top to become well respected WWE Champion.

Randy Savage was best known for a number of roles. Champion, King and not forgetting his fairytale dream with the late Miss Elizabeth, he spoke volumes to the audience, whom were there to see him just as much as Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper and Bret Hart.

Golden couple Wrestling will EVER see

Savage had classic matches over his 32 year career, from 1973 – 2005.

In 1985 Savage locked horns with Tito Santana in his first major feud. It was at the Boston Garden on Feb 24th ’86 where Savage claimed the Intercontinental title from Santana for the first time, after using a foreign object.

Intercontinental Champion

Facing former ally Hogan and tackling Bruno Sammarantino and George “The Animal” Steele added more fruits to his labour. It was when Steele developed a crush on Miss Elizabeth that these two fought consecutively. Savage won both challenges from Steele, with the IC Title in play, as defending champion. He also defeated his at Wrestlemania II.

Will You Marry Me? Oooh Yeah!!

Steele caused Savage a problem, one year on, at Wrestlemania III. He pushed Savage off the top rope in his match with Ricky Steamboat. ‘The Dragon’ defeated Randy, enduing his impressive 14 month reign as champion. The match was regarded as one of the greatest in its generation. Both of them had near 2 falls until Steamboat won after the 19th near fall. It was also credited with match of the year 1987 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated and The Wrestling Observer.

Carried to the ring. SO jealous!
His next biggest achievement came when winning the King of the Ring tournament. Eventually defeating The Honky Tonk man, whom self proclaimed was the greatest ever IC Champion. However with an interruption from The Hart Foundation & manager Jimmy Hart, Honky was disqualified, and Savage failed to regain the IC Title, but America’s hero, ‘The Hulkster’ came to save Savage after a request from Miss Elizabeth. Thus beginning the formation of the Mega Powers.

The Mega Powers

Gaining the big one came for Savage at Mania number IV, in which he entered a 14 man tournament filled with very strong competition. Overcoming those odds, Savage claimed his first WWF Championship, which he held for well over a year. He defeated ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase in the finals.

The Mega Powers (Savage, Hogan & Miss Elizabeth) defeated The Mega Bucks (Andre The Giant & DiBiase) at the first ever Summerslam to strengthen their tandem. They also captained and won at the 1988 Survivor Series, defeating the Twin Towers (Big Boss Man & Akeem)

In early ’89 Hogan adopted Miss Elizabeth as his manager also. Savage wasn’t too pleased with this development and the problems between the two arose. The Hulkster accidentally eliminated Savage in the Royal Rumble to which Miss E had to break them up on the outside from almost brawling over it. Later on, Macho Man abandoned Hulk in a tag match against the Twin Towers, which Hogan still managed to win. This signalled the end of the pairing. Fans couldn’t believe it was the end.

Lemme tell ya sumthin' Mean Gene..

After 371 days as WWF Champion, Randy Savage lost the title to Hulk Hogan, at Wrestlemania V. Hogan later went on to feud with Savage, which was penultimately fought at Summerslam’89. Teaming with Zeus (from Hogan’s movie – No Holds Barred), Macho lost to Hogan and his partner, Brutus Beefcake. It culminated at the following PPV – No Holds Barred, in which Hogan & Beefcake won, which was contested inside a Steel Cage.

Haku lost his title of ‘King’ to Jim Duggan, whom then was defeated by Savage. He became known as The “Macho King”. His real life brother, Larry, as The Genius, crowned him in a coronation ceremony on TV, which was a welcomed touch. Ted DiBiase gifted him with a sceptre. This became a multiple use in matches for King Savage.

Macho King then, still King now..

After feuding over a year, Hogan and Macho finally met for the last time, February 23 1990. Savage kicked out at a 2 fall, but referee – James Buster Douglas (a boxing heavyweight champion, popular at that time) counted the pinfall to Hogan. Savage was displeased and displayed this by slapping the ‘ref’, who then retorted with a punch to Savage’s face.

Feuds with Dusty Rhodes, Ultimate Warrior and Sgt. Slaughter followed through. He also recruited a new Queen. Queen Sherri (Sensational Sherri) assisted Macho King for a while.

Savage had a career ending match at Mania VII. Queen Sherri, embarrassed to be associated with her losing King, smashed Savage as he was down. Miss Elizabeth (who happened to be among the audience), decided to jump the barricade and tend to he former love. The fairytale was complete. And the fans lapped it up. They were a part of this too. They sadly divorced in real life in ’92 on September 18th. Flair used this as the basis for their feud after Elizabeth left the WWF at this time.

Queen Sherri looking fierce!

Upon his return (retirement is a dirty word in wrestling), he began feuds with Jake “The Snake” Roberts (briefly involving Undertaker) and Ric Flair, whilst then teaming with Warrior.

Turning his hand to the announce desk, he also provided colour – commentary, whilst only wrestling occasionally in between. (93-94)
Got his mega boa's on

Macho’s contract expired (at the end of October 1994) and he had made the choice to leave for rival company WCW (World Championship Wrestling). He rightfully received an on air tribute/video package, which some believed may not have happened.

Over in WCW, old feelings were resurfaced instantly by the company. Capitalising on the WWF feud, Savage mentioned feelings toward Hogan (whom had left for WCW some time ago) and was its WCW Heavyweight Champion. He saved him from a beat down, all the same.

Taking Avalanche as his first feud, he then gravitated towards Sting. (WCW’s version of Undertaker in terms of reputation) They both teamed up to defeat Avalanche. Shockingly, from the crowd, a drag- dressed Ric Flair was there too! (WCW felt they had a coup of wrestlers they poached from the WWF at this point) and resumed their feud from the WWF, in a different house.

Played it's part in Flair-Savage-Liz feud
In January 1996, Savage brang Elizabeth back to mainstream TV, in WCW, as his valet. She later turned on him in favour of Flair, costing Randy his WCW World title. It was revealed these two had been in cahoots to set up VIP treatment.

At superbowl VII, Savage became a fully fledged member of the nWo. Hogan was already among it and once again Savage added in Miss Elizabeth.

On June 15 1988, he took time out to recover from 2 serious knee injuries. Savage returned later on in the year to have a girlfriend of 19, his valet – Gorgeous George. Joining her afterwards were Madusa, and Miss Madness, who became known as Savage’s Team Madness. Savage lost a title due to Madusa and Miss Madness feuding and thus disbanding the group shortly after. A later feud with celebrity Dennis Rodman was in the pipeline.

He also made appearances and wrestling from 2004 - 2005 in TNA (Total Non-stop Action). He left shortly after a disagreement with a planned finish between him and Jeff Jarrett, whom he was scheduled to defeat for the NWA World Title and then drop back to him roughly one month later.

Randy Savage had influences outside of wrestling too. He appeared in movies such as Ready To Rumble, Spiderman (in 2002) and most recently, animated movie Bolt, in 2008. Also releasing a rap album in October 2003, Be A Man, and becoming a public figure for SlimJim. He was synonymous with the fast food chain in the 90’s and well renowned for it.

On May 20 2011, Savage sadly passed away after colliding his vehicle with a tree head on after suffering a heart attack at the wheel. His wife, Lynn, received minor injuries. On May 30th Vince McMahon paid tribute in an article for Time magazine.

The Macho Man’s legacy will continue to be renowned for his contribution to the wrestling world, his reputation drawing in millions of people worldwide and investing in him and what he transcended through the TV screen, as well as his influences left with us.With his vibrant colours, personality and smooth bearded heroics, at 58 years old, Savage has given us more than enough to be proud of. Macho Man – we salute you!


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