“Macho Man” Randy Savage is one of the most recognisable wrestlers of all time. His iconic look, unique voice and demeanour was something nobody had seen before and his larger-than-life character is remembered over a decade after his untimely death.
He wrestled all the way from the height of Hulkamania in the 1980s, to the peak of the NWO in the 1990s and into TNA in the 2000s. A storied career which involved wrestling all the top stars, like Hulk Hogan, Sting, Andre the Giant, AJ Styles, Goldberg and many many more.
However his last match is one that most fans won’t ever have seen. Many wont even know he had anything to do with the company so this match will come as a huge surprise to them. Keep reading to find out about Randy Savage’s last wrestling match in his career.
Randy Savage Last Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage’s final match came for TNA in 2004. It was a huge shock to the fans in attendance, as he had not wrestled for 4 years since leaving WCW and nobody had ever expected to see him step into the ring again. A huge coup for the company, they had hoped they could build on his last popularity and grow the company on the back of this legend of the 1980s.
As he hadn’t laced his boots for the past four years, management decided that a singles match would be a bridge too far for the Macho Man. Instead his last match was a six man tag match, facing off with some familiar faces.
He teamed with AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy, two of the companies up-and-coming stars, to take on his former NWO Teammates Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Jeff Jarrett. Fans were thrilled to see Macho Man in the ring again, but were left disappointed when he didn’t really do anything. He let his teammates do the bulk of the work, with Hardy and Styles looking great as they bumped around like mad men and did most of the actual “wrestling”.
Savage didn’t even enter the match until 16 minutes into a 17 minute match. He ran in, hit his opponents with a series of punches before pinning Jeff Jarrett. He didn’t hit any of signature moves and expecting an elbow drop after the performance was out of the question. The fans loved it, yet the actual appearance for Savage was very, very disappointing.
He would not wrestle again. Some fans expected Randy Savage to return to TNA in 2009, when Hogan took over and ran the place into the ground. However, he never did. He also never returned to wrestle for the WWE, nor was able to accept his own Hall of Fame induction. He did make a short term, blink and you miss it return to the WWE that could have led to one more match, had disaster not struck.
Macho Man WWE Return
Despite thinking he would never be back, Randy Savage returned top the WWE in 2011. He had long been reluctant to come back to the company, after Vince McMahon forced him into retirement despite him wrestling for years after in WCW. He never forgave him for that and held a grudge for decades. Luckily he had softened by 2011.
He made his first WWE appearance in decades when he returned for a commercial for the new WWE All-Stars Game. It was a game that focused greatly on the legends of the ring, with stars like Savage, Hogan, Andre the Giant and more being key focusses of the game. It always had a exaggerated art style and some very fun gameplay that fans still reminisce about to this day.
However, he would never get to appear in a WWE ring again. The former WWE Champion suffered a heart attack while driving in May 2011, crashing into a tree near his home in Florida. While the crash was not considered to be what killed him (as he wore his seatbelt and had minor injuries), it was concluded that an enlarged heart and advanced coronary artery disease was the cause of his heart attack, and his death. These were likely due to years of steroid and drug use, similar to the way Eddie Guerrero died in 2005.
His death sent shockwaves around the wrestling world. At aged 58 he was gone much too soon and still had a lot to do in life. He was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and the company produced an incredible tribute video for him, which you can watch below.
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.