Jim Cornette has detailed the tumultuous relationship between WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage.
Speaking on his ‘Jim Cornette’s Drive-Thru’ podcast, Cornette was answering fan questions when he was asked about Savage, seemingly, always being over-shadowed by Hogan. Specifically addressing the point of Randy Savage never getting a pinfall victory over Hogan, Cornette had this to say:
“Join the club! Who else did? Very few people. It wasn’t gonna happen when Savage was the heel and Hogan was the babyface. Then when Savage became a babyface, that match was never gonna happen because Vince wasn’t ever gonna do that match.”
Savage does lay claim to victories over Hogan, just not by pinfall. In 1989 alone, Savage would defeat Hogan an extraordinary 22 times all via count-out after the ‘Mega-Powers’ had exploded at WrestleMania 5.
Cornette would go onto address Hogan’s mysterious black eye that he received prior to WrestleMania 9. Reports suggested Hogan had been in a jet-ski accident that caused the injury. It was explained on WWE television that Hogan’s WrestleMania opponent Ted Dibiase had used his considerable wealth to have Hogan beaten up. This was before DiBiase and IRS defended their tag team titles against Hogan and Brutus Beefcake at the event. Cornette espouses another theory as to what caused Hogan’s mystery shiner.
“Savage found out that [Savage’s ex-wife] Elizabeth had run off to Hogan’s house and was staying with [Hogan’s then wife] Linda because Linda and Elizabeth were friends. Hogan didn’t tell Savage that she was there. Which is why when Savage confronted him with that he confronted him by punching him in the f*****g eye. And that’s why Hogan had a black eye at WrestleMania 9.”
Going back to Savage’s lack of substantial victories over Hogan, Cornette expanded:
“Vince was not gonna have Savage, Orndorff, Piper, or anybody beat Hogan [in] 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, and then Savage becomes a babyface. Well, then, as hot as Savage was, Hogan was established. Vince, from the days of his father doing Bruno [Sammartino] and Pedro [Morales] at Shea Stadium, never wanted to do babyface versus babyface matches.”
Jim Cornette would then touch on the two working together for World Championship Wrestling in the nineties:
“I don’t have a photographic memory of everything they did together in WCW. But I don’t see that was ever gonna be a thing. That Hogan was gonna f*****g drop a fall for Savage at that point in time.”
Credit: Jim Cornette’s Drive-Thru