Without question, Macho Man Randy Savage is one of the most recognisable, legendary faces in professional wrestling history. His run with WWF (now WWE) and his feuds with Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and countless others produced some of the greatest bouts of the Hulkamania era during the first boom period in the 1980s. Savage’s unique promo style, his energetic in-ring style, and his undeniable, overflowing charisma make him a true one-of-a-kind. As such, many of his greatest matches are very much well known, and well-loved, but WWE has now released Randy Savage Unreleased – The Unseen Matches of the Macho Man, giving fans a look at some of the lesser known gems from Savage’s career, all from the vast archives of the WWE warehouse.
The first thing to note on this release is the quality of the matches. While in general, the standard of WWE matches during Savage’s heyday was mixed at best, Savage himself was often responsible for some of the better-received bouts on most shows, and that shines through here with the variety of opponents he carries to superb outings. Bouts with Yokozuna and Lex Luger (admittedly both towards the latter part of his career) are more than evidence of that. The bout included where he faces off with Steamboat, his excellent WCW contest with a then “Stunning”, pre-Stone Cold, Steve Austin, and his face off with Hulk Hogan show that Savage was incredibly versatile both as a heel or a babyface.
I also very much enjoyed that this DVD set shows off some unexpected and unusual pairings from Savage’s career. Savage and Honky Tonk Man vs Ricky Steamboat and Hulk Hogan seems a bizarre combination, while Savage teaming up with The Undertaker to take on the even odder pairing of Ric Flair and The Bezerker is borderline-surreal. Savage also teams up with Hercules, Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper and Hacksaw Jim Duggan for various bouts, which all make for quite interesting, if not slightly quizzical teams. However, it certainly makes for exciting viewing.
Of course, there are some less exciting bouts too, with Savage vs Dibiase and Savage and Sensational Queen Sherri vs Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire not quite hitting the same heights as some of the other bouts on this release, but they are still generally enjoyable overall. There are of course plenty of meaningless squashes in here against the likes of SD Jones, Paul Roma and Troy Martin, and pretty dire contests with Akeem, Mr Hughes and Andre the Giant (although in fairness that is more to do with Andre’s condition and limitations at the time rather than anything Savage did), but in general there is plenty here to pique the interest in anyone who enjoyed Savage’s storied career.
All in all, Randy Savage Unreleased – The Unseen Matches of the Macho Man is a very enjoyable, and intriguing DVD set, with plenty of high-quality matches, lots of unexpected pairings, and all of the facets that made Macho Man Randy Savage such a well-regarded and well-respected performer. While plenty has been said about Savage over the years, this collection of matches, promos and backstage segments might be the greatest statement on his legacy, showing what he could do and what he could bring to any and all situations regardless of the opponent or the stage he was performing on.