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VIDEO: NJPW - 7/17/96 (Macho Man Randy Savage vs Jushin Thunder Liger)

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  • VIDEO: NJPW - 7/17/96 (Macho Man Randy Savage vs Jushin Thunder Liger)

    Today's highlighted wrestler is Macho Man Randy Savage

    The Macho Man, Randy Savage, was born to Angelo Poffo, a pro wrestler himself. Savage would grow up watching his dad, and after a stint in minor league baseball, Savage decided to become a wrestler. After some slight success, he would join his father's promotion, International Championship Wrestling. ICW was considered an outlaw promotion, though despite the label, it simply meant they weren't associated with the NWA, essentially making them what we would call an Independent federation today. The promotion would lead to Savage's feuds with the Rock & Roll Express, and after the promotion went under, Savage would meet Jerry Lawler in a legendary feud. The feud would culminate in a Loser Leaves Town Match, which would be the result of Savage signing with the WWF.

    In the WWF, Savage began searching for a manager, eventually choosing Miss Elizabeth. His treatment of her solidified his heel run. He would win the Intercontinental Title, and entered a feud with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. The feud would peek at Wrestlemania III in an amazing match that still holds up as a classic today. Following the match, fans began cheering Savage, and it grew as he set his sights on the WWF Title. At Wrestlemania IV, he would run through a tournament, topped off by defeating Ted DiBiase to win the belt. Aligning himself with Hulk Hogan, the two looked unstoppable. However, Hogan taking Elizabeth as his manager began to drive the two apart, and after another incident in which Hogan left Macho in the ring with the Twin Towers, the two were no longer a team. The differences were settled at Wrestlemania V, when Hogan ended Savage's year long reign. Macho would rebound by winning the King monicker from Jim Duggan, and proclaimed himself to be the Macho King, taking Sherri Martel as his queen. He set his sights on the Ultimate Warrior and the WWF Title, but Warrior refused the challenge. After costing him the belt, Warrior challenged Savage to put his career on the line. The two met at Wrestlemania VII, and Savage lost in another classic bout. Queen Sherri began berating and assaulting Savage until Elizabeth made the save. After a few tense minutes, the two reunited in the middle of the ring.

    Following his "retirement", Savage traveled to Japan to compete for the SWS promotion. He then entered a feud with Jake Roberts, eventually being reinstated to finish the business. He would hang around more, and won the WWF Title once again. After losing the belt, he would retire once again, and provided commentary before leaving the WWF for WCW in 1994.

    In WCW, he began a campaign for the WCW World Title, and would win it from Ric Flair in 1995. After a lengthy leave of absence, he returned, joining the NWO, and entering a long feud with Diamond Dallas Page. After the NWO disbanded, Savage would become a loner, often picking fights just for the sake of doing so. He would win the WCW Title briefly again before disappearing one last time. Nearly four years later, he joined TNA ever so briefly before leaving the wrestling world again. In May of 2011, Savage would tragically pass away in a one vehicle accident.

    Few have enjoyed the lengthy success that Randy Savage enjoyed over the course of his career. He used the Double Axe Handle extensively, even diving to the floor to hit the move. Savage also had world class punches(wrestling wise). His career long finishing move of choice was the Flying Elbow Drop, and very few have ever duplicated his near perfect form.

    Here he faces Jushin Liger

    Here we go: Macho Man Randy Savage vs Jushin Thunder Liger

    Diving Double Axe Handle to the Floor

    Genichiro Tenryu is on the arena floor looking to clear his mind. However, he's not getting any rest with "Macho King" Randy Savage as his opposition. Savage scales the turnbuckles, and flies with a Double Axe Handle to Tenryu.

    Double Dose of the Flying Elbow Drop

    "Macho Man" Randy Savage has Genichiro Tenryu in the middle of the ring, and that's not the place you want to be with Savage. Macho heads up, and drops an Elbow. He's not quite satisfied yet, and heads up for one more Flying Elbow Drop.

    Randy Savage Beats the Sh*t Out of Jerry Lawler

    He and Jerry Lawler are battling inside the confines of a steel cage. Savage goes for the Suplex, Lawler blocks, and Savage simply Punches him in the stomach. From there, he unleashes a flurry of Jabs, topped off by a huge right. Lawler spills to the floor, but he's not safe there, either, as Savage dives off the top rope with the Double Axe Handle.

    Beautiful Flying Elbow Drop

    "Macho Man" Randy Savage has some assistance, and he's looking to finish off Jerry Lawler for good. He heads up top, and drops an amazing Flying Elbow Drop.

    Randy Savage Tries to Kill Ricky Morton

    While it may seem somewhat tame compared to today, this was absolutely insane when it happened, as evidenced by the hushed reaction. "Macho Man" Randy Savage, along side "Leaping" Lanny Poffo are battling the Rock & Roll Express. Ricky Morton has the upper hand, but gets jumped from behind. Randy wastes no time in joining Morton on the table, and from there, he proceeds to destroy Morton with a Piledriver through the table.

    The Top 10 Moves of Macho Man Randy Savage

    Thanks for watching and of course I hope you enjoyed

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