INDUCTION: Randy Savage’s Final Match – Oh Yeah? Oh No!

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TNA, 2004

Not sure I’ve ever mentioned Fred, my buddy from high school on here before, but if ever he need to be brought up, today’s the day.  Because Fred was just about the biggest “Macho Man” Randy Savage fan I’ve ever met.  He also was a huge influence on my early wrestling fandom, which led to this site, which led to you being here reading today.  

While I did pretty much fall head over heels for the WWF in the mid 80’s, my favorite wrestlers weren’t always the guys on the top of the card.  Sure, the British Bulldogs won the tag team titles and were a featured act, but others I liked were barely even a blip on on anyone else’s radar.  Ever met a guy who had “Leapin'” Lanny Poffo on his WWF Mount Rushmore?  You’re talking to him.

Fred, though, knew the score better than I.  Nonstop he would tell me about how awesome the Macho Man was, and eventually, it got through my thick skull.  Now?  I’d argue that Randy Savage’s heel run in the WWF is one of the greatest periods in the company ever.  Week after week, Savage would come out looking like an utter mad man, destroying fools in his path while cutting some of the greatest promos in the history of the business.  Everyone knows the “cup of coffee”, but even when Savage went completely off the rails and lost his train of thought, it was incredible.

Fred was right.  Savage was awesome.

I’ll never forget going to the very first Survivor Series.  It was six hours from my house.  We somehow convinced Fred’s dad to drive us, leaving his family on Thanksgiving morning and taking us to the Richfield Colisseum.  Seeing Savage in action, tearing the Honky Tonk Man apart, was something I remember every single second of to this day, over 30 years later.

There’s no question that Macho was a legend.  With that in mind, he certainly deserved a better ending to his career.

Make no mistake – while Savage’s WWF stint was his best, his time in WCW had some high points.  He won the world title there several times and had a few matches with Ric Flair that were tremendous.  But seriously, everyone remembers Macho’s run for one thing, right?

Right.  His awesome final WCW theme, What Up Mach?

I kid, I kid, though I did dig that theme.  No, we all remember him being surrounded by his blonde bombshells.  And you know what, the guy looked like he was having fun so good on him.  It could have been worse.  

And of course it did get worse, as WCW.

And Vince McMahon had absolutely blocked him from ever returning to the WWF.  Yes, we’ve heard the rumors.  Who knows if they were true.

So the legendary “Macho Man” Randy Savage didn’t have his final match in the WWF…nor in WCW…but in…

Yep.

I hardly remembered it either.  But yes, much like his rival the Nature Boy, the legendary Savage saw his career come to an end in a TNA ring.

Woof.

A bit of backstory.  The top heel group in TNA at the time was comprised of Jeff Jarrett, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash, collectively known as the Kings of Wrestling.  While they had a new name, they were effectively still the New World Order of old.  Heck they were even still throwing guys into the side of trailers like they did to Rey Mysterio all those years ago.  And just like then they rarely got any type of comeuppance.

Except for this one time when 20 guys snuck up on their dressing room, stealthily knocked, then punched Scott Hall in the face when he opened the door then ran away like a bunch of hooligans.

Wait a minute.

Why is Kevin Nash in the room naked?

I mean, I’m not imagining that right?

Who sits on a couch with their buddies while they’re only wearing a towel?

Leading the charge for TNA would AJ Styles and…Jeff Hardy.

Styles for his part did whatever he could to help the company.  He no doubt had several opportunities to head off for greener pastures, but he stuck it out in hopes of giving them a hand in turning the corner.  The epitome of a company man.

On the other hand, we have Hardy who would show up, have a few matches, flake out, vanish, then randomly reappear.  I mean seriously, this is the guy who would wind up giving the company one of its absolutely most embarrassing moments ever (and consider the ground that covers!) and here he was defending its honor.  

In the end, though, they were just placeholders for a man who was coming to save the day.

A macho man.

You’d be forgiven, honestly, for not recognizing Randy Savage here.  Long gone was any flamboyant colors or even fringe.  Instead, he was decked out from head to toe in black: hat, sunglasses, shirt, pants, boots, belt, and a giant leather duster.

TNA, being TNA, also decided to ‘spruce up’ his usual entrance theme of Pomp and Circumstance with the most annoying and unnecessary wailing guitar you ever done heard.

I know they’re supposed to be the bad guys here, but I gotta side with Nash mocking Savage’s killer new tune by playing air chair guitar.

It would all lead to what would wind up being Randy Savage’s final match, a six man tag at the Turning Point pay-per-view, with Hall, Nash, and Jarrett vs. Savage, Hardy, and Styles.

Yes, AJ, that means you.

Come to think of it…Styles may wind up in the final match of Undertaker AND Randy Savage’s career.  Someone should ask him about that on Twitter.

Also show him this photo, where he looks to be like 14 years old.

Also, one has to ponder the most amazing thing about this encounter.  Not that it was Macho’s last match, but we had a match featuring Jeff Hardy and Scott Hall in 2004 and THEY BOTH SHOWED UP.

Ironically, Savage did NOT show up at the start because we were told he was KIDNAPPED.  

That may have been for the best, as the match itself was the usual TNA mess.  Spots blown, people falling down, stuff that made zero sense…like the fact that Hall and Nash dressed up as Elvis impersonators.

See, because they were the KINGs…of wrestling.

Ahem.

Also at one point Hardy was going for his finisher, the swanton bomb.  Hall looked to foil his nemesis by hitting him in the back with a guitar…

…which caused Hardy to fall forward and crush Jarrett in what realistically would have been the stiffest and most effect use of the move in his entire career.  

What can we say?  TNA gotta TNA.

Finally, at long last, Savage made his way to the ring.  If you were expecting to be told how he escaped from being kidnapped, think again.  

Say it with me kids – TNA gotta TNA. 

Macho hits the ring a house of fire, punching Jarrett and Hall and Nash, with the latter doing his usual buffonish overselling.  I was thinking of doing that as an animated GIF, but seriously, that one frame was better than seeing it in action.  

Besides, I wanted to save that bandwidth for the final finishing move of Randy Savage’s career.

The big flying elbow?

No.

A double ax handle perhaps?

No.

Maybe grabbing the ring bell and driving it into Jarrett’s throat?

And…no.

Instead, the last move Randy Savage ever performed in a match was a punch.

Really.  He pinned Jeff Jarrett with a punch to the face.

Thus what wound up being two minutes of “action” was the swan song for one of the greatest performers I’d ever seen.  I will forever thank you for all the memories, Macho Man.

But not this one.

Before I leave tonight, though, I do want to make note of something.  While I was working on this induction, I dug back into this era of TNA and hit me – it is woefully underrepresented in our Inductions area.

Anyone remember Raven dressed as a knight for whatever reason?

How about the most insane overacting interviewer in the history of the business, Shane Douglas?

Remember the time that Road Dogg serenaded a national television audience with a GORDON LIGHTFOOT tune?

You got away for a long time TNA…but we’re going to fix that, I promise!


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33 Responses to "INDUCTION: Randy Savage’s Final Match – Oh Yeah? Oh No!"
  1. Chris V says:

    Wasn’t Macho Man’s final match in WCW his match with Dennis Rodman?
    Where he got trapped in a tipped over portapotty to end the match?
    I seem to remember that Savage just disappeared after that match, never to be seen again.
    So, yeah, maybe going to TNA for one last match, even if he was barely in it, was more appropriate for the guy, rather than how his WCW career ended.

    • Jay H says:

      You’re correct that Savage disappeared after the Rodman match, but he did one last appearance in WCW in May 2000, losing a massive battle royal for a future title match (Flair would win). The end result showed Savage joining up with Flair and Hogan…… and then never being seen in WCW again.

    • Arty N says:

      He appeared after that two times: at Nitro from Oct 25, ’99 (https://youtu.be/IYLzLOoiz2w) and at… Thunder from May 3rd, 2000 (https://youtu.be/dsLCXfS8cxE)

    • Si says:

      According to Cagematch he had two more matches after that, a house show against Sid and… I’ll let Wiki pick up.

      “Savage… would make two more appearances: first on the October 25, 1999 episode of Nitro, when he appeared in the ring with Gorgeous George and talked about passing the torch forward. His second, and final, WCW appearance would be on the May 3, 2000, episode of Thunder, when Savage returned to join The Millionaire’s Club… aiding them at the end of a 41-man battle royal. Despite Savage ending the show claiming he was going to help the veteran group take out young New Blood group, he did not appear again in WCW”

    • Fredrick Timbs says:

      Macho Man rocking that Undertaker cosplay in 2004.

      Wasn’t that “spruced up” Macho Man theme first used in WCW 1995? Pretty sure it was. I know it was also in one of those Legends video games too.

      One more Savage-TNA memory: I remember reading all over the place that Savage had bolted the company after Hulk Hogan walked up to him backstage trying to clear the air on their issues. Savage claimed “an unsafe working environment’ or whatever it was. After doing a diss track on the Hulk too.

    • Christopher Piatt says:

      Randy’s last match singles match was in WCW was at a Charleston, WV house show against Sid on January 14th, 2000.I was sitting 3rd row back from the ring. Scott Hall, Goldberg, Bret Hart, and Jeff Jarrett were all injured or unable to appear. We had no clue who was going to be in the main event.

      Sid comes out talking about not having a challenger. Randy’s music hits and the place goes bananas. He says that he had one more contractually obligated house show to perform at and WCW flew him up from Florida. This was my first and only time seeing Macho Man in person. I had no idea at the time this was going to be his last singles match ever. He ended up losing to Sid who then lost the WCW Championship to Chris Benoit two nights later.

  2. Anthony says:

    It’s a miracle TNA(albeit with a different name) is still alive! A death of TNA book would be epic.

  3. Mike M. says:

    Wait… that Road Dogg gif at the end… is R Truth time traveling or something?

    • Chris V says:

      Why time travelling?
      R-Truth made a name for himself as Ron “The Truth” Killings in NWA-TNA before he went back to WWE. He started out in WWF as K-Kwik.
      He was in a tag team with Road Dogg during his first stint in WWF.
      He was in a stable along with Road Dogg and Konnan, called the 3 Live Kru.
      I know way too much about Killings’ career, me thinks.

      • Jerry says:

        I think, that “time travel” comment rather concerns the fact, that R Truth appears not to have aged a day in the last twenty years.

    • Andy says:

      He was Ron “The Truth” Killings in the early days of TNA. He actually won the world title there before if I remember right 🙂

    • Hulk6785 says:

      Nope. He was in TNA back then, as Ron “The Truth” Killings.

  4. Sean Bateman says:

    how weird that four out of the six are in the WWE Hall of Fame and the other two are first round ballots for their inductions.

  5. T says:

    I very much look forward to more TNA inductions.

  6. Stefan Witkowski-Baker says:

    Oh I remember this match happening very well.

    Actually, that’s not true – I remember that this match happened. I couldn’t tell you anything about the actual content of the match, such as Savage winning with a failed Jarrett sunset flip counter punch to the face and awkward one-leg pin. But Turning Point 2004 is a show I remember very vividly, because my wrestling fandom was really blossoming at the time. This is mostly due to the fact that in the UK, on Sky TV, we had a TV channel dedicated exclusively to wrestling – it was even called The Wrestling Channel – and that’s how I got exposed to TNA, Ring of Honor, IWA:Mid South, Pro Wrestling NOAH, and so on and so forth.

    Anyway, I recorded Turning Point 2004 and watched it multiple times, because although people talk mess about TNA, including R.D. in the end of this induction – and 99% of that mess-talking is justified – that show also featured two truly great matches. There was a really fun Petey Williams-Chris Sabin match that the crowd was super in to, and the main event of the show is one of the most famous TNA matches ever – Triple X versus America’s Most Wanted in a Six Sides of Steel match, an absolute classic that features the iconic Elix Skipper top of the cage tightrope walk hurricanrana. I will probably never forget that spot as long as I live.

  7. Ian Feuerhake says:

    I don’t remember this at all, but I’m surprise you missed a chance to make a Fred Savage reference

  8. PS2kid says:

    Yess!! Finally, more TNA induction please!! And the more obscure one during their early years, please!!

  9. Michael W says:

    This moment is more heartbreaking knowing what ended up happening years later.

  10. John C says:

    Since Big Kev & Scotty Then 2 Sloppy couldn’t be called The New World Order perhaps Nash wanted to make them The Nude World Order. Macho certainly deserved better than this sheet burger of a fiasco so I like to think of Booooone Sawwwwww as his real swan song. Funny Macho Man aside way back in August of 1986 he wrestled in Burlington, Vermont (my hometown) against Ricky Steamboat for the I-C Title. During the match some dope slapped Randy hard across the back outside the ring against the security rail and Macho let have fly with a hard palm slap to the guy’s chest dropping him, I was a few seats away from it, awesome. Oh yeahhhh!!!!!

  11. Mav says:

    I believe Savage’s last WCW match was a televised battle royal in 2000. I could be wrong.

  12. Brandon says:

    That theme Savage had in TNA was actually the same one he used in WCW from 1995 until he joined the nWo in 1997.

  13. Matt says:

    This makes me miss the old TNA. What I wouldn’t do to be a teenager again.

  14. Mr. Boing says:

    You watch Impact lately? Nothing but nobodies, and old past their prime ECW guys.
    their women are creepy and don’t wrestle well.

    Impact is pretty much a glorified indy promotion.

  15. CF says:

    I’d say “it’s time for _The Death of TNA_, but Zomb-TNA shambles on….

  16. Joe Levinsky says:

    How would AJ Styles manage to fit in time to wrestle when he has a paper route and homework to finish? Much less find time to discover girls and get his first kiss.

  17. Matt McGovern says:

    As a hardcore TNA/IMPACT Wrestling can, I loved Macho Man’s TNA music. But I also love to look back and laugh at any TNA induction.

  18. ThePWBPoster says:

    You are right, one picture alone was better than a gif.

  19. Rich says:

    I seem to recall there being a rumour at the time that Hogan had shown up backstage at the PPv, so Savage refused to work the match, save for the final spot.

  20. Enhancement Talent 3 Mark II says:

    Well done RD!!!!!

  21. Greg says:

    Dusty Rhodes said Savage didn’t want to be remembered as washed up and wanted to leave. That led to Dusty coming up with this so he didn’t have to do much. Specifically Savage said “I can’t do this. I don’t want people to see me looking like this.”

    Also, Savage did do a promo for his action figure for WWE. Seems like he really just didn’t want to have people see him being washed up instead of any baseless rumor.

  22. Ze Frenchie says:

    TNA in trouble?

    SEND FOR THE MAN!

  23. El J says:

    This was to build to a Jarrett Savage match at the next PPV. Apparently Savage wanted to go over but TNA saw a moment of sense and that killed that whole deal.

    Still though a punch in the face to beat a champ who’d been dominant for 6 months, because TNA I guess.

  24. Al Boondy says:

    The Worcester Centrum!

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