Snake Bite in the Ringv
The feud between Macho Man and Jake "The Snake" Roberts started in 1991, around the time Savage was enjoying his both on-and-off-air courtship with Miss Elizabeth. It culminated in an incident during WWF Superstars of Wrestling on October 21st in that year. Savage was at the event to provide color commentary, but was lured into the ring by Roberts' taunts. At that point, Roberts incapacitated Savage, tied him to the ropes and goaded a live cobra into biting his arm. The incident was used as a pretext for Savage to return from retirement, so that he could fight Roberts.
Space Ghost: Coast to Coastv
Macho Man provided a guest voice for Episode #54 of "Space Ghost: Coast the Coast," the popular, surreal Adult Swim animated series. He played talk show host Space Ghost's granddad, all the way from Boca Raton, Florida. (Zorak notes immediately that granddad sounds a lot like Randy Savage, and that grandpa looks just like Space Ghost with a grey beard on his face.)
Slim Jim Commercial: Romeo and Julietv
Savage's fame as a spokesperson for Slim Jim jerky snacks eventually rivaled his notoriety in the world of sports entertainment, as the brand's "Snap Into a Slim Jim" campaign became culturally ubiquitous. In this early example, a maniacal beef-and-spice-crazed Savage interrupts a production of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" to introduce the heroes to his favorite snack, wrecking havoc on the sets and director (not to mention the words of the Immortal Bard).
In the 2002 big-budget adaptation of "Spider-Man," Randy Savage was featured in a cameo as wrestler Bonesaw McGraw, one of Peter Parker's first real challenges as a hero. (Raimi mainstay Bruce Campbell also cameos in the scene as the fight promoter.) Bonesaw and "The Amazing Spider-Man" enjoy 3 minutes of "playtime" inside the cage in this memorable sequence.
Interview with Mean Gene Okerlundv
Before there was Charlie Sheen's insane "tiger blood" rant, there was Macho Man Randy Savage's insane 1987 "chameleon" rant. This one-on-one with long-time wrestling commentator and reporter Mean Gene Okerlund features any number of memorable quotes and notable boasts, including Savage's contention that he's the "Greatest Intercontinental Champ who has ever lived!" Just remember these words of wisdom: "Suger is sweet...and so is honey." The man was a poet.
Macho Man vs. Hulk Hoganv
At Wrestlemania V in 1989, Savage lost the WWF title to Hulk Hogan after holding it for just over a year, becoming the 6th longest-reigning WWF Champion ever. (The match was held in Atlantic City's Trump Plaza!) Hogan and Savage had previously been partners in the tag team duo, The Mega Powers, and this match continued an ongoing feud between the two wrestlers.
The Arsenio Hall Showv
An example of the increasingly mainstream fan following for pro wrestling, Macho Man was invited to appear on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in 1989 (alongside fellow guest Morgan Fairchild!) Among the topics explored are the forthcoming "Wrestlemania V" and the differences between Macho Madness and Hulkamania.
Be a Manv
In 2003 (I know, right!), the Macho Man finally got around to releasing his own vanity rap album, "Be a Man!" (Hey, he was a busy guy). The title track is a diss against, naturally, Savage's adversary Hulk Hogan, calling him a coward who's afraid to face Savage in the ring, and also mocking the Hulkster's movie career. (Savage unfavorably compares his guest appearance in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" to Hulk's direct-to-video output, for example.)
Other tracks include "Macho Thang," "Feel the Madness" and a track titled "Remember Me" that was maybe a bit TOO on the nose.
Wrestlemania III Promov
Savage's fight against Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat at Wrestlemania III is one of his most infamous and storied, but it's this promo that aired before the match that will always stay with us. He promises to not only embarrass The Dragon (and in front of the largest crowd ever aseembled!), but to essentially drive him out of the sport of wrestling entirely. The face-off was eventually named "Match of the Year" for 1987.
Attacked at Wedding Receptionv
At a televised reception for the newly-married Savage and Miss Elizabeth (Savage's real-life wife, Elizabeth Hulette), rival Jake "The Snake" Roberts hid one of his signature live cobras in with the happy couple's gifts. Roberts' new ally, The Undertaker, used this as an opportunity to attack Savage, knocking him out with an urn. Like you do.
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