Randy "Macho Man" Savage Selected for WWE Hall of Fame, His Definitve WWE Career Timeline (w/ VIDEO)

Randy "Macho Man" Savage Selected for WWE Hall of Fame, His Definitve WWE Career Timeline (w/ VIDEO)

In the mid-'90s, during the Monday Night War between WWE and WCW, when the WWE bloodletting was at its most profound, stars of the '80s and early '90s were leaving Vince McMahon's company in droves, heading for the greener pastures of Ted Turner's guaranteed money in Atlanta.

Eventually, McMahon was able to ride things out and regain the upper hand in the battle, and bought WCW for his very own for pennies on the dollar in 2001. At that point, eventually, all the departed WWE stars made their way back to Vince for a few more pay days. Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, Sean Waltman, Ric Flair and many others found good work with Vince after trying to bankrupt him just years earlier.

Strangely and sadly, one of the names that never made it back was Randy "Macho Man" Savage, arguably the second-biggest star in the company during the '80s behind Hulk Hogan. In turn, year after year went by with Savage's name never coming up at Hall of Fame induction time.

Finally, this year, WWE has rectified that, announcing last week that Savage will be the flagship member of the 2015 Hall of Fame class at Wrestlemania weekend.

Sadly, as it has been for other prominent performers, WWE is bestowing this honor on Savage posthumously. He passed away back in May 2011, so it will be his on-camera friend and foe (depending on the year and the angle) Hulk Hogan set to induct him. When he was still alive, Savage suffered from the biggest barricade to Hall of Fame entry that one could have -- an icy relationship with Vince McMahon.

But as we saw with Bruno Sammartino, McMahon's modus operandi with the Hall on occasion is to use it as a salve on the emotional wounds of aborted friendships. It appears that Savage is the latest to benefit from that. Well, his legacy is, at least.

So this gives us a chance to go back and relive the magic of the career of one of the most charismatic performers of all time. Here is the chronological body of work that made Randy Savage a 2015 WWE Hall of Famer:

Savage's WWE television debut It all started in 1985 with this match against Aldo Marino, with Randy Savage playing the gimmick of the "hot free agent" that every heel manager in the company wanted to sign, kind of like wrestling's answer to Dwight Howard in 2013....

Savage introduces Elizabeth as his new manager The best parts of this video are the following: 1) The one by one thanking by Savage to each manager, especially his recognition of Mr. Fuji's teaching him "devious ways." The lesson, as always -- if you're a WWE wrestler and you're Asian, you are always devious. 2) The reaction of Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino to Elizabeth's unveiling. McMahon sounds like he may not be wearing pants, and Sammartino refers to her as a "movie star," the '80s answer to the 2000s "reality TV star."

1986 feud with George "The Animal" Steele Savage's first big feud in the WWF was a "Beauty and the Beast" piece of business with George Steele that was best known for Steele getting applauded for kidnapping Elizabeth multiple times. WWE, where kidnapping is okay!!

1987 feud with Ricky Steamboat and Wrestlemania III Savage went "next level heel" in early 1987 when he used the ring bell on an episode of Superstars to "crush Steamboat's larynx," which led to some hilarious interviews with a verbally inhibited Steamboat and to one of the five greatest Wrestlemania matches of all time. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say this match was the high point for the Intercontinental title...

We interrupt this post for this insane Savage promo YouTube has roughly a thousand Savage promos floating around, and they're ALL worth a click. Here's one....

Late 1987 face turn and formation of the Megapowers By the fall of 1987, crowds had begun to cheer Savage, despite his being booked as a heel, and the WWF (I'm going to stop calling it WWE until it refers to the company after the name change...the '80s were the WWF, DAMMIT!!) just couldn't ignore the momentum. So they linked Savage up with Hogan and had the two biggest stars partner up and form an alliance. It took Honky Tonk Man nearly decapitating Savage with a guitar for it to happen....

...allowing Hogan and Savage to seal it with the handshake heard 'round the world!

Savage wins first WWF heavyweight title at Wrestlemania IV Savage finally reached the mountaintop at Wrestlemania IV, winning a 14 man tournament for the heavyweight title. Of course, Hogan had to be part of the action. Savage couldn't just win the belt, Hogan had to help him....

The Megapowers explode! Over the summer of 1988, Hogan and Savage continued their reign as besties, including a SummerSlam win over Ted DiBiase and Andre the Giant. But eventually, the female genitalia would exert its dominance as the sweet ass of Elizabeth came in between the two partners and led to this heel turn by Savage.... (JEALOUS EYES!!!)

Savage loses title to Hogan at Wrestlemania V And that led to Hogan's returning to the top of the mountain....

Savage wins the title of "King" of the WWF Heading into the summer of 1989, Savage didn't have a belt anymore, but he was still a huge star. So they decided to slap the label of "King" on him, a distinction he won by pinning previous king Hacksaw Jim Duggan...

They even had an actual coronation where they kayfabed the actual biological brotherhood between Savage and Lanny Poffo....

Ultimate Warrior defeats Savage in a retirement match at Wrestlemania VII At Wrestlemania VII in 1991, after costing the Ultimate Warrior the WWF title at the Royal Rumble, Savage fought Warrior in a retirement match, and amazingly was able to coax the second straight great Mania match out of the Warrior. (More amazingly, the first one came in a match in 1990 with Hogan, which is like two porn actors flawlessly executing Shakespeare....)

Of course, Savage's loss at Wrestlemania VII led to his reconciliation with Elizabeth (which nobody except the saps blubbering at ringside wanted to see)....

....which led to Savage's proposal to her (in real life, they were already married for like seven years)....

....which led to an actual (kayfabe) wedding at SummerSlam 1991....

...which led to the couple getting a king cobra as a wedding gift. WORST. WEDDING. GIFT. EVER.....

Jake Roberts has a venomous python gnaw on Savage's arm Jake Roberts entered the WWF in 1986. It's a miracle that it took five years for a snake to eventually bite somebody....

Savage wins title again at Wrestlemania VIII Honestly, the best part of this Flair-Savage feud was Flair's propensity for dogging out Savage by "sleepin' with his old lady....."

Savage returns to the ring to feud with Crush Post 1992, with the advent of Monday Night RAW, Savage was moved into more of a commentator's role, but returned to the ring long enough to be forced to wrestle Crush at Wrestlemania X, which had to be payback for losing a bet to Vince McMahon or something....

Vince says goodbye in 1994

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