The duo were two of the biggest stars of the 1980s and helped redefine pro wrestling into a worldwide phenomenon that it remains to this day.
Their rivalry is one of the most famous in WWE lore, although many fans will be shocked to find out that, throughout their entire time together, Randy Savage never beat Hulk Hogan.
It sounds like a made up fact that simply can’t be true – yet it is. In fact, only 14 wrestlers ever beat Hulk Hogan in singles competition, including Brock Lesnar, Ultimate Warrior, Sting and Goldberg.
The pair first crossed paths in the WWF. Savage signed with the World Wrestling Federation in 1995 and got a substantial push right out of the gate, being pushed as a top heel.
He began to work through the lower-card faces, bulldozing his way from the undercard all the way up to the main event. His great in-ring work and insatiable personality drew the crowd into him and soon a bout with then-WWF Champion Hulk Hogan awaited The Macho Man.
Savage challenged Hogan a number of times for the belt, namely on house shows. However, The Hulkster won every single match, not letting up even once for a fluky DQ or count out loss.
He was the most popular man in wrestling history though, so you can’t really blame anyone for keeping him strong as the champion. He won every match by pinning the challenger, setting the tone for the rest of their career’s together.
They carried on their challenges into 1986, with Vince McMahon finally giving Savage some wins.
However, he’d only get the occasional victory via count out while he was regularly pinned by the champion, much to his disappointment.
He would win the Intercontinental Championship in early 1986, which would make you think that he could finally move away and pick up some wins in his own title defences.
He did not, and continued to job tot he WWE Champion well into 1987 until the formation of the greatest tag team of all time – The Mega Powers.
Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage teamed together in one of the most memorable moments in WWE history, as the long-time rivals shook hands for the first time and officially became a tag team
Randy Savage finally became the WWE Champion during this time (not by pinning Hogan, mind you) and the team were as strong as ever. However, dissension was brewing in the powers.
Hogan was getting close to Miss Elizabeth, the wife of Macho Man and manager for the team. Hogan even professed to loving her, in a move that somehow made Savage the heel in their feud.
He also brought her to the ring multiple times and putting her in danger, something that deeply angered her husband.
The Mega Powers finally exploded in a blockbuster main event at Wrestlemania V. Battling for the honour of his wife and his own WWE Championship, it was finally the time for Randy Savage to pin Hulk Hogan and get his win back after hundreds of losses.
Only joking. Big boot, leg drop, 1.2.3 Hogan goes over. A tale as old as time saw Hogan take back the title and celebrate the end Wrestlemania in usual fashion.
They would continue to feud in the next couple of years, with Savage picking up a few count out victories but never pinning him.
Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage continue to feud in WCW
Hogan and Savage independently made their way to WCW in the early 1990s.
Hogan was naturally the bigger star, winning the WCW Championship in his debut match and later forming the New World Order in 1996, ironically turning on Savage to do so. The pair battled six times in WCW over the years in singles matches, each one with very predictable results.
- Halloween Havoc 1996 – Hogan pins Savage
- WCW Nitro 126 – Savage wins by DQ
- WCW Nitro 136 – Hogan pins Savage
- WCW Nitro 139 – Savage wins by DQ
- WCW Nitro 199 – Hogan Pins Savage
- WCW/nWo Uncensored 1998 – No Contest
The pair never wrestled again after these matches. Savage effectively retired after WCW closed, wrestling once in TNA in Randy Savage’s last match of his legendary career.
Hogan would not join TNA until 6 years later, and while he did join WWE after the buyout of WCW, Savage never returned to the company due to his heat with Vince McMahon going back decades/
Hulk Hogan managed to politic himself into win after win over his greatest rival over 15 years, two companies and over one hundred matches. Randy Savage never pinned Hulk Hogan ever during their rivalry, even though he was the one man who could be argued to be as big as Hogan was during the 1980s and beyond
You’d have thought that at some point, Hulk Hogan would give Randy Savage a win over him, maybe at the end of their careers – just to say thank you for a legendary rivalry over the decades.
Hogan was not one to lose when the time was right. He happily put over The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI, and was happy to lay down for Goldberg on WCW Monday Nitro.
Hogan even lost to The Mountie in the WWF – he was paid off by the Canadian in The Mountie’s home state of Quebec, with some reports putting the bribe in the hundreds of thousands.