Not only is Randy Poffo, AKA, the “Macho Man” Randy Savage a permanent fixture in the annuals of wrestling’s past, he’s not a bad pop culture icon either. Chances are if you’ve never uttered the phrase “Oh Yeah” with your best baritone, or eaten a Slim Jim at two o’clock in the morning, you might not be a member of the human race.
Because of that, the wild man will always hold a soft spot in millions of hearts around the world.
Just like Jake “The Snake” Roberts, the man who invented the DDT, the most imitated move in wrestling history, Savage’s big elbow drop from the top rope too has been copied by countless other wrestlers. For this reason, he’ll always be one of the most captivating entertainers in the sport. Add in the first lady of wrestling, “Miss Elizabeth,” who appears on a hefty chunk of the set, and you have enough history to throw a book at. These elements alone make the set a worthwhile one.
Chronicling his career from start to finish, WWE home video’s “Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection” is a great addition to any hardcore wrestling fan’s collection, as it boasts almost nine hours of matches that show just how talented Savage was. With everything from his days as a free agent, to the Elizabeth years and the NWO featured, this set has it all.
With commentary by the always witty, Matt Stryker, who surprisingly does a damn good Macho Man impersonation, and the lovely Maria, in between the matches is chock full of interesting tidbits about “the most dangerous man in sports today.” Never annoying, the duo do a fun job of keeping the DVD moving at a brisk pace. Even though it’s nine hours long, the set never feels monotonous and continues to deliver throughout.
A big part of that has to do with Stryker and Maria in between each match, setting the scene.
However, seeing how well the matches were chosen for this set, as all of Savage’s biggest feuds are present here, with Ricky Steamboat, Hulk Hogan, Ted DiBiase, Shawn Michaels and Diamond Dallas Page, this compilation is without a doubt a step above all the other DVD highlight collections out there. Sure, it’s not the tell-all documentary many fans would have loved to see, but there are so many matches here that you see first-hand the development of not only Savage’s on-screen character, but as a wrestler as well, adding moves into his arsenal during the latter years of his career that he’d never think about using in 1985.
For this reason alone, some will say that this collection serves a larger purpose than any other DVD offering based on Savage could.
But smart wrestling fans know better.
Again, while this is an amazing set, it’s merely a prelude to the DVD that everyone wants to see.
Nevertheless, it’s easily one of the best ever released by the company.