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This is the one that just won’t go away. The grandaddy wrestling conspiracy of them all.
Did the Macho Man and an underaged Stephanie hook up? Is that why Savage seemed to be blackballed from the WWF?
It sounds absolutely ridiculous...but could it possibly be true?
The story goes that after the Macho Man left the WWF for WCW, Vince McMahon found out some information that led him never wanting to do business with him again.
But there's no way that Stephanie and Macho Man hooked up right?
Surprisingly, Dave Meltzer, perhaps the most credible wrestling journalist of all time isn't so sure:
“I think that the reason is the same reason that everyone says. It’s the reason everyone in (WWE) says. It’s the reason that is the only one that makes any sense. So I think that’s the reason. I can’t come up with any other reason. I don’t know. I mean, I’ve heard that reason from so many people that are not internet rumourmongers, I mean people who – all I know is that within the company as far as the top people, they all believe it, and nobody knows for sure, because it’s never brought up.”
It does seem a bit odd…think about it, nearly every big-name wrestler who angered McMahon at one point in their career was eventually brought back.
Why would a former WrestleMania main-eventer not make a single appearance on WWE television from 2001 (when WCW ended) to his death in 2011?
Take a look at some other big names that got second (or third, or fourth) chances with Vince.
-McMahon vowed to never work with Hogan again, but he came back and even won the WWE title.
-Steve Austin returned after badmouthing the company on TV, refusing to job to Brock Lesnar and even after Vince announced the end of the Steve Austin era on live TV.
-Nash and Hall left the WWF after the Madison Square garden Incident (where they broke character and hugged HHH and HBK), and kicked off the Monday Night War. Both were rehired by Vince for the NWO story line.
-Roddy Piper told HBO that he hated himself when wrestling. WWE tried to make him happy and released him. That was in 2003.
-Sable once tried to sue the company for $110 million! She was welcomed back.
-Ultimate Warrior was offered multiple chances to enter the WWE Hall of Fame, even after holding up Vince for money multiple times and battling him in court.
-Brock Lesnar, who the WWE had invested so much in, left with short notice yet was later welcomed back after his UFC run.
Everyone, every big name, except Savage had some sort of role in the company after their falling out with Vince.
What also seems suspicious is how long-standing employees seem clueless to the real reason as well.
Perennial company man Jerry Lawler seemed to give his explanation as to why he replaced Macho Man, and why Vince would still hold the grudge.
But it doesn't add up.
According to King, Macho Man suddenly appeared on Nitro and that was the first McMahon knew about it. Then he asked King to take over, and he's had the job ever since.
It's too bad that Macho Man left for WCW in 1994 when Lawler took over, and that Nitro started in 1995 so the channel changing story makes no sense.
Add George "The Animal" Steele, and Roddy Piper to not knowing the truth either.
If it was purely business related, how could one single WWE star not know what happened?
In the end, besides one interview with WWE magazine (which didn't even mention the interview on the cover), Macho never had any direct role with WWE again.
I'm not saying this rumor is true, but there is something strange going on. Maybe this rumor isn't as crazy as it seems.
At this point, we may never find out, which should leave this conspiracy alive for years.