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This will be the Randy Savage Memorial thread, then.

Captain Splendid (673276) writes | more than 2 years ago

NES (Games) 6

Because apparently none of the rest of you savages have a soul.

Someone on another site made the valid point that, without Hulk Hogan, the Macho Man would probably have been the "It" guy for the 80's WWF.Because apparently none of the rest of you savages have a soul.

Someone on another site made the valid point that, without Hulk Hogan, the Macho Man would probably have been the "It" guy for the 80's WWF.

Mind you, I was a "Rowdy" Roddy Piper guy from the get go. And this was before They Live. Go figure.

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Sorry (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 2 years ago | (#36230234)

Too busy praying for Zsa Zsa... and waddaya know.. she woke up!

BTW, as "The Greatest Drunk on Earth", André the Giant kicked everybody's ass..

Uh.... No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36230646)

Someone on another site made the valid point that, without Hulk Hogan, the Macho Man would probably have been the "It" guy for the 80's WWF.

No. WWF's revenue took such a hit when they finally turned Savage face that McMahon couldn't put the belt back on Hogan fast enough.

Vince was trying to get past the Hulkamania stuff, as he knew it couldn't last foreever. He thought Savage could be the guy, but Savage couldn't cut it, so at WM 5 he put the title back on company, and started grooming the "Next" big thing - The Ultimate Warrior. He, too, couldn't cut it - though by every measure was more popular and successful than Savage, and by WM 7 there was an intermediate title reign of "Iraqi Sympathizer" Sargent Slaughter - but at WM 7 it was Hogan's ball again.

There was a parade of "Next Hulk Hogan's" in the WWF for the next few years. They flirted with making Sid Eudy (Sid Vicious / Sid Justice) the guy, they flirted with getting behind Lex Luger... and in the end, they had to go with Bret "Hitman" Hart.

Hulk Hogan held every attendance record in the company... which were all shattered in the late 1990's by Stone Cold Steve Austin.

So no, Savage would not have been the "it" guy. Jake The Snake Roberts was more popular than Savage, as was the Ultimate Warrior - hell, you could even argue that Hacksaw Jim Duggan was more popular than Savage.

The only way Savage would have had a chance to be the IT guy in the WWF would have been as a heel - where he was spectacular. Randy Savage was a magnificent bastard as a heel - as witnessed by the heat he generated with Sherri Martel as the "Macho King". Savage was one of the all time greats, but is it folly to suggest that he was second to Hulk Hogan in popularity, when he wasn't even second in popularity to Hogan in the WWF - lagging behind Ultimate Warrior, Jake Roberts, The Undertaker, and a few others - and that's before you even look at the Ric Flair's and Ricky Steamboat's of the world over in NWA/WCW at the time.

Re:Uh.... No. (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 2 years ago | (#36240426)

While I will not question your analysis as I was never more than a casual fan, in terms of more mainstream recognition, after Hulk and Andre the Giant, Macho Man was the most well-known of the 80s wrestlers, no?

Re:Uh.... No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36243592)

No. Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Andre The Giant, Ric Flair, Jake The Snake Roberts, Road Warrior Hawk, Road Warrior Animal, Dusty Rhoads, Harley Race...

80s "Wrasslers" (1)

RM6f9 (825298) | more than 2 years ago | (#36233494)

Grew up near where Piper did, truly enjoyed most of the 80s stars - Randy was a more entertaining talker, but for absolute awesomeness, Sid Justice and Ultimate Warrior were the guys...

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