Saturday Night's Main Event #8

Randy "Macho Man" Savage vs Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat

Having missed out on last week's Main Event, I decided that the stakes needed to be raised for this week's bout. Thus, we have one of the all-time greatest match-ups in Wrestlemania history courtesy of Macho Man and Ricky Steamboat (which is often unfairly overshadowed by the Hulk Hogan/Andre The Giant clash at the finale of Wrestlemania III).

The feud between Savage and Steamboat first began as the result of an Intercontinental Title Championship Match during an 1986 episode of Superstars of Wrestling after which Macho Man severely injured "The Dragon" with the ring bell. Steamboat made his return soon after and there was a back and forth between the two opponents, but never an official rematch until Wrestlemania III (see above and below).

Despite the internally driven political events that ensued after Wrestlemania, the match itself was a brilliant display by two talented athletes of technical ability and high-flying agility that, to this day, proves to be one of the greatest pro-wrestling brawls ever. Watch it for yourself and tell me if I'm wrong.


  1. Ghoul Friday said...:

    This was my favourite match up of all time (I still couldn't believe it when Steamboat was hit in the throat with the bell).

    I didn't know anything about how wins and losses were decided at the time (I knew it was fixed, but I didn't know HOW they came to a decision on it). So I'm curious as to what "internally driven political events" took place.

  1. Strange Kid said...:

    According various sources I read online, WWF management had lined up Steamboat to be the next big Intercontinental Champion. However, when he requested for some time off a few weeks later to be with his pregnant wife, they bitterly stripped Steamboat of the title and essentially made it impossible for him to make any sort of comeback.

    Granted, I'm sure that management has their version as well, but it makes sense when you think about how few appearances he had in the ring afterwards.

  1. Jon Guerra said...:

    This match has to go down as one of the best matches in Pro Wrestling history. This is one of those stand out matches that helped shape Pro Wrestling today. A lot of people back then didn't see a lot of moves like these. When you hear wrestlers talk about matches that influenced them you usually here them mention Randy "Macho Man" Savage vs Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and of course the Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon ladder match.

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