If and when Randy Savage enters the WWE Hall of Fame, should his long-time friend and rival Hulk Hogan be the one to induct him? The two have an intertwined past, and Hogan seems to be the most logical choice.
The Hulkster has gone on record and said he wants to induct Savage. In the most recent issue of United Kingdom-based Fighting Spirit Magazine, the former WWF and WCW world champion said he wants to induct his one-time Mega Powers teammate.
I’ve heard all these urban legends about Randy doing something to piss Vince off...I’ve heard two or three different stories, and I don’t know if any of those are true, but he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and I would love to be the one that inducts him. I’ve got a speech for him ready to go. I just think it’s a must that he’s in the Hall of Fame; he was so influential in this business, especially in the WWF, and in my career...For me, it would be cool to induct him.
Hogan is right to want Savage into the Hall. The "Macho Man," who passed away on May 20, 2011, was one of the most iconic figures in WWE history. WWE.com praised Savage, saying almost no other superstar in company history was as dynamic as he was.
With his gravelly voice, wild hair and colorful robes, he made himself stand out in era of over-the-top characters. But it was more than just the look; it was also his in-ring performances. He went toe-to-toe with anyone, even taking Ricky Steamboat to new heights at WrestleMania III—a match WWE.com called one of the greatest ever.
During his time in the WWE, Savage won two WWF World titles and one Intercontinental title—a reign that lasted for nearly 14 months. He is the first former Intercontinental champion to go on to become WWF World champion.
Yes, Savage's accomplishments in the WWE qualify him for the Hall of Fame. But should Hogan be the one to induct him?
It's hard to think of the WWE in the late '80s and not think of both Savage and Hogan. The partnership and ultimate feud between the two came during the height of Hulkamania. Their pairing created one of the most dominant tag teams in WWE history—the Mega Powers.
Hogan's first 4-year reign as WWF champion ended at the hands of Andre the Giant and the infamous Dave Hebner twin referee scandal, which saw Hebner's twin brother Earl impersonate him and count the illegal pin on Hogan. Afterward, Andre sold the title to "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. The title was vacated by then-WWF President Jack Tunney.
The belt was put up in a tournament at WrestleMania IV. Who won it? Savage, of course. Hogan stopped Andre from interfering, which allowed Savage to pin DiBiase.
In the same interview with FSM, Hogan praised Savage winning the belt. He said:
You know, he’s the only guy we could pass the belt to, and we wouldn’t lose money. You gave the belt to The Ultimate Warrior - I don’t want to drop a bunch of names - and right away the revenue went down. Give the belt to ‘Macho Man,’ and things would stay the same, or get better.
The Mega Powers spent nearly a year together before they came unglued. When they met at WrestleMania V, the buyrate for the event was 767,000, a number not bested until WrestleMania XV.
Should Hogan be the one to eventually induct Savage into the Hall of Fame?
Their connection would run over to WCW in the '90s, which illustrates how intertwined the two were. Over the course of two decades and two organizations, they crossed paths, teamed and feuded.
Savage proved that the WWE could move forward without Hogan in the top spot. But at the same time Hogan showed how he could use his own star power to help another wrestler.
Both men shaped the WWE in the late '80s and neither would have done it without the other. Savage needed the feud with Hogan to go over as both a heel and a main-event star. Hogan needed Savage to humanize him.
Hogan is right to want to induct Savage into the Hall of Fame. Hopefully, the WWE won't wait much longer to bring "Macho Man" home.