Every year, the WWE honors wrestling’s most premier luminaries by entering them into their Hall of Fame class.
Legends such as Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Bruno Sammartino, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and so many more have been bestowed with a WWE Hall of Fame ring. Tonight (January 12, 2015), wrestling fans will be happy to see a huge announcement on RAW – “Macho Man” Randy Savage will be announced as the 1st member of the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame class.
Here’s everything you need to know about this big reveal.
1. “Macho Man” Randy Savage is Expected to Get Announced as the 1st Member of the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Class on Raw (January 12, 2015)
Update: It comes as no surprise that the “Macho Man” himself has officially been announced as the the initial entrant into the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame. Check out the video highlights of Randy Savage’s career below.
This past Friday, it was announced that WWE listed one one of its TV segments for the upcoming episode of WWE RAW – an announcement regarding the 1st official member of the 2015 Hall of Fame class. On the actual day of the airing of RAW, WWE.com posted up some breaking news that teased this announcement and telling fans to expect it to come to fruition:
It’s not official yet, but it is expected that “Macho Man” Randy Savage will be announced tonight on Raw as the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, WWE.com has learned. A live report on WWE Network by Scott Stanford confirmed that inducting “Macho Man” into the Hall would be none other than the other half of The Mega Powers, Hulk Hogan.
2. Vince McMahon and Savage’s Relationship is Rumored to Have Been Strained Since Their Separation in 1994
The rumors about why McMahon hasn’t bothered to put Savage in the WWE Hall of Fame until now have circulated for quite some time. Most wrestling insiders point to both men never reconciling with each other due to Savage’s WWE exit in 1994, which led to him joining McMahon’s rival wrestling organization WCW. The darkest rumor and reasoning for Savage’s issues with McMahon are said to stem from Savage’s rumored romance with an underage Stephanie McMahon.
Savage’s brother Lanny Poffo alluded to a 3rd rumor that may be the exact reason from his brother and McMahon’s unresolved problems. During an interview with The Tampa Tribune, Lanny spoke about what led to Savage and McMahon’s personal split:
This bitter feud between Savage and McMahon, Poffo said, began in 1987, just two years into Savage’s WWE career. That year, the promotion held an “old timers” wrestling event.
Savage’s father, Angelo Poffo, was a pro wrestler, as well. He won a few titles for small promoters during his career, but never made waves on the national scene. Savage asked McMahon if his father could participate in the old timer’s spectacle so he could finally receive his big moment. According to Poffo, the answer was no.
“Randy didn’t ever forgot that,” he said. “My father deserved to be in that match.”
3. Savage Passed Away Due to a Heart Attack Back in 2011
Randy Savage lost his life back on May 20, 2011 at the age of 58. Savage was driving in his Jeep Wrangler while his wife (Barbara Lynn Payne) was in tow in Seminole, Florida. While at the wheel, Savage suffered a sudden heart attack and proceeded to smash his car into a tree.
The Pinellas-Pasco County medical examiner’s office late reported that Savage had an enlarged heart and advanced coronary artery disease, along with several drugs left in his system (among those drugs was a prescription painkiller). The official cause of Savage’s death was atherosclerotic heart disease. Savage’s cremated remains were placed under his favorite tree on his personal property in Largo, Florida.
4. Three Other Rumored Wrestling Legends are Rumored to Be Getting Inducted Along With Savage
Alongside “Macho Man” Randy Savage, two other names are said to be getting consideration for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Class. One of those names is Sting, the WCW legend who made a shocking appearance at 2014’s WWE Survivor Series.
The 2nd name on that rumored list is “The Crippler” Ray Stevens. EWrestlingNews.com posted up the following statement centering around this rumor:
WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson is reportedly pushing for his former tag-team partner, “The Crippler” Ray Stevens to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame this year, particularly because of the fact that it is located in Northern California, where Stevens was a major star during the territory days.
As for the 3rd name, that honor is rumored to be going to none other than Mark Calloway aka The Undertaker.
5. The 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Will Take Place on the Evening Before WrestleMania 31
WrestleMania 31 will be taking place on March 29, 2015 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. But as all wrestling fans know, the annual WWE Hall of Fame always takes place on the night right before WWE’s flagship ship goes down. The 2015 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony (which will be shown via the WWE Network) will take place live at San Jose’s SAP Center on March 28, 2015. Tickets for this event will go on sale on Saturday (January 17, 2015) at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m EST.