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Macho Man Randy Savage: Unique Madness

After a year long reign, which included a successful title defense at WrestleMania II against George “The Animal” Steele, Savage finally lost the Intercontinental Championship to Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat at WrestleMania III. Their legendary bout, which was decades ahead of its time, is still considered one of the best, if not the best, in WrestleMania history. In an era where most wrestling matches were called inside the ring, Savage and Steamboat had laid out the whole match prior to WrestleMania. Savage had even insisted to Steamboat that they rehearse it move for move at his home in Florida before the big night. The results spoke for themselves as the match won both Pro Wrestling Illustrated‘s and the Wrestling Observer‘s Match of the Year honors for 1987. The match stole the show at WrestleMania, marking the first time at “The Showcase of the Immortals” that the main event would be upstaged by an under card. The fact that the main event of WrestleMania III was Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant just makes that accomplishment even more impressive. Savage would leave WrestleMania III without the title he helped solidify. By the end of the year however, Savage would be the King of the Ring Tournament winner, allies with Hulk Hogan, and on the cusp of having his own WrestleMania moment.

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