Monday, 17 February 2014 20:19
'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #298 – February 16th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: The Macho Man Randy Savage & Miss Elizabeth Story (WWF 1985-1992). Matches (shown mostly in clip form) included: Macho Man Randy Savage vs Jim Young (WWF All Star Wrestling, July 1985); Macho Man Randy Savage vs George 'The Animal' Steele (WWF Saturday Nights Main Event, March 1987); The Mega Powers vs Big Bossman & Akeem (WWF The Main Event, February 1989); Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire vs Macho King Randy Savage & Sensational Queen Sherri (WWF Wrestlemania 6, April 1990); Ultimate Warrior vs Macho King Randy Savage in a Loser Must Retire match (WWF Wrestlemania 7, March 1991) and Ric Flair vs Macho Man Randy Savage for the WWF title (WWF Wrestlemania 8, April 1992).
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.
1) Macho Man Randy Savage defeated Jim Young. This match aired on the July 13th, 1985 edition of 'WWF All Star Wrestling', taped in Brantford, Ontario, Canada on June 18th, 1985. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Bruno Sammartino. The finish of this match aired, with Savage pinning Young after the big elbow off the top. Every manager in the company was at ringside and joined Savage in the ring afterwards - Mr Fuji, Bobby Heenan, Johnny Valiant, Freddie Blassie and Jimmy Hart. All had been making overtures to Savage about managing him, but instead, Savage surprised them all by interesting his new manager, Miss Elizabeth.
Next came a clip from a 1986 edition of 'WWF Tuesday Night Titans', with Randy Savage & Miss Elizabeth both guests on the talk show, hosted by Vince McMahon & Lord Alfred Hayes. Savage was being ultra-protective of Elizabeth and didn't take kindly to George 'The Animal' Steele sending a giftbox containing flowers to Elizabeth.
2) Macho Man Randy Savage defeated George 'The Animal' Steele via count out. This match aired on the March 14th, 1987 edition of 'WWF Saturday Nights Main Event', taped in Detroit, Michigan on February 21st, 1987. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura. Miss Elizabeth was sat on what appeared to be a lifeguard's chair at ringside. Steele ate several turnbuckles. Steele tried to leave with Elizabeth at one point, only for Savage to jump him at ringside and nail him with Elizabeth's chair, resulting in Steele being counted out. Steele recovered and tossed the chair into the ring, chasing Savage to the back. The infatuated Steele embraced a Miss Elizabeth poster.
Next came a clip from the October 3rd, 1987 edition of 'WWF Saturday Night's Main Event', where Savage was attacked by the Honky Tonk Man and the Hart Foundation, only for Hulk Hogan to make the save, thus forming the Mega Powers.
3) The Mega Powers defeated Big Bossman & Akeem. This match aired on the February 3rd, 1989 live edition of 'WWF The Main Event', held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura. Match was joined in progress, with Hogan having already carried an injured Elizabeth to the back for medical treatment and since returned to the ring. Savage and Hogan had been having problems for months, with Savage thinking Hogan had the hots for Elizabeth. Savage walked out on Hogan after slapping him, leaving Hogan in a two on one with Bossman & Akeem. Hogan eventually won and confronted Savage backstage in the trainers room, where Elizabeth was. The pair had a furious row, with Savage memorably saying, "You got jealous eyes, you got lust for Elizabeth!" before nailing Hogan with a belt shot to the head and pummelling him on the floor. Elizabeth eventually covered Hogan to stop Savage delivering more punishment.
4) Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire defeated Macho King Randy Savage & Sensational Queen Sherri. This match took place at the 'WWF Wrestlemania 6' pay-per-view event, held in the Skydome, Toronto, Canada on April 1st, 1990. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura. Only the last few minutes aired, focusing mostly on Sapphire squaring off against Sherri. Elizabeth distracted Sherri from ringside, allowing Sapphire to roll up Sherri for the pinfall win. The crowd pop and reaction for the win was huge. Afterwards all the babyfaces danced to Rhodes theme music in the ring.
A clip aired of Savage costing the Ultimate Warrior the WWF title at the 1991 Royal Rumble ppv, leading to this match.
5) Ultimate Warrior defeated Macho King Randy Savage in a Loser Must Retire match. This match took place at the 'WWF Wrestlemania 7' pay-per-view event, held in Los Angeles, California on March 24th, 1991. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan. Only the last few minutes aired. The referee was bumped. Warrior laid Savage out with a flying shoulder tackle, causing Savage to be bumped to the outside. Warrior brought Savage back in and pinned him with one foot on his chest to win the match. Afterwards, Sherri put the boots to Savage for losing, resulting in Elizabeth hopping the guardrail and running to the ring, tossing Sherri out of it by the hair. Savage and Elizabeth then embraced in one of the more iconic moments in WWF history.
A clip aired of Savage 'proposing' to Elizabeth and Elizabeth saying 'Oooooh Yeah' during a mid-ring interview segment with Gene Okerlund on the July 6th, 1991 edition of 'WWF Superstars'.
A clip aired from the pair's 'wedding ceremony' at the 1991 Summerslam ppv event.
A clip aired of Ric Flair brandishing the photoshopped photos of him posing with Elizabeth in various romantic scenarios.
6) Macho Man Randy Savage (w/Miss Elizabeth in his corner) defeated Ric Flair (w/Mr Perfect in his corner) for the WWF title. This match took place at the 'WWF Wrestlemania 8' pay-per-view event, held in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 5th, 1992. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan. The last few minutes of the match aired. Savage delivered a big elbow off the top on to Flair, only for Perfect to pull Savage out of a pinfall attempt. Elizabeth came out from the back to the ringside area, despite numerous officials (a very young Shane McMahon, Dave Hebner, Chief Jay Strongbow and Rene Goulet) attempting to persuade her to return backstage. Flair had Savage in a figure four for a lengthy time. The conclusion sure Flair attempt another figure four, only for Savage to roll him up in a small package for the pinfall victory, winning his second WWF title. A couple of notable things from this match. First of all, Flair's bleeding resulting in most of the second half of the match airing in black and white. This contradicted last week's show that had no problem airing Marty Jannetty bleeding after the Barber Shop window angle. Secondly, they edited out the entire part where Flair forced a kiss on Elizabeth and Elizabeth went wild with slaps on him before Savage jumped him.
Show closed in the studio, with Okerlund acknowleging that, sadly, 'this didn't have a happy ending', as the pair divorced in real life in 1992, and then Okerlund added, even more tragically, 'both have now moved on to another lifetime', which I guess is the new very nice way of saying someone has passed away without actually saying those words.
Closing thoughts: Good show. Savage & Elizabeth were one of the all time great pairings in wrestling history. It would be nice if they were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame someday. This year would have been perfect, with both Warrior and Jake Roberts going in, both key characters in Savage's WWF career. It would have tied up everything nicely, and would have been a way of inducting Savage & Elizabeth without drawing too much attention to them (assuming WWE has issues with focusing on the pair, for whatever reason - be it because they both passed away, or because of the famed, much-rumoured 'other reasons').
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1) Macho Man Randy Savage defeated Jim Young ('WWF All Star Wrestling' - Brantford, Ontario, Canada: taped on 18/06/85, aired on 13/07/85).
2) Macho Man Randy Savage defeated George 'The Animal' Steele via count out ('WWF Saturday Nights Main Event' - Detroit, Michigan: taped on 21/02/87, aired on 14/03/87).
3) The Mega Powers defeated Big Bossman & Akeem ('WWF The Main Event' live - Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 03/02/89).
4) Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire defeated Macho King Randy Savage & Sensational Queen Sherri ('WWF Wrestlemania 6' pay-per-view event - Toronto, Canada: 01/04/90).
5) Ultimate Warrior defeated Macho King Randy Savage in a Loser Must Retire match ('WWF Wrestlemania 7' pay-per-view event - Los Angeles, California: 24/03/91).
6) Macho Man Randy Savage (w/Miss Elizabeth in his corner) defeated Ric Flair (w/Mr Perfect in his corner) for the WWF title ('WWF Wrestlemania 8' pay-per-view event - Indianapolis, Indiana: 05/04/92).
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