Fans of professional wrestling are abuzz this week in anticipation of Randy “Macho Man” Savage finally being recognized in the WWE Hall of Fame alongside such luminaries as Drew Carey, Pete Rose, and other legends of the ring.
“It is long overdue that Savage earn his rightful place in the Hall of Fame with the likes of Koko B. Ware,” wrote veteran wrestling journalist Bill Apter.
“It’s nice to see WWE celebrate one of the unsung heroes of pro wrestling.”
This Saturday night during a glitzy black-tie ceremony, the late “Macho Man” will truly be etched into wrestling history when he is enshrined in the same hallowed halls as former inductees Bob Uecker and Donald Trump.
Though Savage has long been considered “jobber” whose sole purpose was to make more popular superstars look strong, his Hall of Fame induction demonstrates WWE’s new commitment to celebrating the “enhancement talent” of the business.
Savage earned some moderate acclaim during his brief WWE tenure in the 1980s, though never quite ascended to the same level of fame as his brother, Leaping Lanny Poffo.
WWE did announce today, however, that Savage’s induction may be cut from the televised portion of the program to allow more time for the induction speech of Arnold Schwarzenegger.