According to multiple reports, WWE is expected to release a documentary on the life and career of Randy Savage sometime in November. WWE produces DVDs and Blu-rays on their past and present superstars all the time, but a feature on the “Macho Man” demands extra scrutiny based on the nature of his split with the company.
Plainly speaking, Vince McMahon hates Savage. Ask anyone in the industry and they will tell you exactly the same thing. Nobody knows exactly why, but there’s a longstanding rumor that some kind of sexual encounter occurred between Savage and a young Stephanie McMahon sometime in the early 1990s. That has never been confirmed (or explicitly denied), but you could understand why there might be hard feelings between the two parties.
McMahon has vowed many times never to work with Savage. Even three years after his death, the “Macho Man” still isn’t in the WWE Hall of Fame. There were rumblings that he would be inducted with his father and brothers several years ago, but nothing ever materialized.
It came as something of a surprise when the company released “Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection” in 2009. However, that DVD consisted entirely of matches and moments from Savage’s career and did not venture into the depths of his personal life. Perhaps McMahon would only consent to such a project if it were carried out under those pretenses.
Whether McMahon was gung-ho about the release or not, the DVD was a critically acclaimed best-seller. Readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter even voted “Macho Madness” as the best pro wrestling DVD of the year.
Vince McMahon is a businessman at heart and he must believe there’s more money to be made using Savage’s name. Savage was one of the biggest names in the history of the business and his untimely passing in 2011 made national headlines. Savage’s impact on pro wrestling and pop culture cannot be underestimated and there are many fans who’d be interested in his life’s story.
From a business point of view, a Randy Savage documentary makes all the sense in the world. It’s just surprising that a company led by Vince McMahon would authorize such an enterprise.