During an episode of Jim Cornette’s Drive Thru, a listener sent in a question to Jim asking whether a prime-years Randy Savage was merely a product of his time, or could he get over in any era of wrestling (including today)?
Cornette’s response, quite definitive.
Oh god, Savage would’ve gotten over any time!
Savage, he was an incredible worker, not just doing the moves, but he understood and could do s**t that looked good but he was also safe, he could work.
He was cutting edge and in some cases as far as he went with his athleticism he was 6ft tall, 220 something pounds, ripped, and still doing the double sledge axhandle off the top to the floor.
Going further, Cornette actually believed that Macho Man’s pre-WWF work was his best, pointing towards his time in ICW (International Championship Wrestling) as key moments.
As a matter of fact, he was a better in-ring wrestler the times before he was actually in the WWF, by that point he had the promo and the gimmick, and his style down, much more rounded personality and main event money drawing guy.
But if you want to talk about f***ing tearing the house down in the ring, those ICW matches which nobody ever saw were great, the matches he had working for Nick Gulas, Bobby Eaton.
Summarising, Jim Cornette confirmed his statement that in any territory, at any time, Savage would have been a success simply because he could do everything.
I think Savage between the promo and the physique, and the personality, the fact that could work performing moves but also mentally as he’d grown up in the wrestling business, you know, second generation – he could have been a star in any territory.
He would have been a star everywhere. He could do everything.
Mach Man (real name Randall Mario Poffo) enjoyed 9 successful years in the WWF before jumping the tracks to WCW where he spent the next 6.
During his tenure under Vince McMahon, Savage captured both the WWF and Intercontinental Titles in matches that have since gone down in wrestling folklore – including vs. Ricky Steamboat (Mania 3), vs. The Ultimate Warrior (Mania 7) & vs. Hulk Hogan (Mania 5).