Macho Man and Co. Stars of Yesterday vs. Today
by, 05-29-2011 at 06:58 PM (5229 Views)
I've been thinking a lot since the death of one "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and it made me think of who exactly could be said as the "Macho Man" of the 10's. Now before the bashing begins let me say that when I say the "Macho Man" of today, I don't mean in character comparison I mean in company position.
That thought made me think of all the other stars of the 1980's and the stars of today. The following is my comparisons:
"Macho Man" Randy Savage=Randy Orton (LET THE HATE BEGIN!) I want you to think back to the WWF 1980's. Macho Man was the WWF's #2 Face. There are some people that would argue that he was the #1 Face at one time, and those arguments are valid ones, but no matter which way you spin it Hulk Hogan was always the #1 Face of the WWF. Even when Randy held the title it was focused around Hogan. The same can be said about Randy Orton. The guy is the face of Smackdown (the #2 brand) and even when he was on RAW as the WWE Champion it was John Cena who was main eventing PPV's. Back in the 80's you were either a fan of Hogan or Savage or both. Today's audience is the exact same. Some kids love Orton some love Cena or some love both.
Hulk Hogan=John Cena Do I need to go into detail on this one? Or is it cool if I just leave it be? WWF 1980's Hulkamanics WWF 1990's Steve Austin's....rebels? rednecks? WWE 00 Chain Gang.
Roddy Piper=CM Punk Two of the greatest TALKERS of their times, but could still on any given day get in their and tear it up. I feel that CM Punk is like Hot Rod in the sense that he could be at the bottom of the card and then randomly just jump into the main event and be a serious contender. If the internet was around in the 1980's we'd be complaining about Hot Rod not being WWE Champion just like we complain about CM Punk not being champion. (I'd like to say that this is based soley on company position NOT CHARACTER! Miz would be the character equivalent of Hot Rod)
Jimmy Snuka=Rey Mysterio Two awesome high flyers that the company can throw in the main event of a show and still sell it out without making THE champion. I think that in the 1980's Superfly was arguably the #3 or #4 face of the company. Neither man HAS to be in the main event but no matter how far down the card they get they can just FLY (bad pun) back up the ladder and everybody will cheer.
Ted DiBiase Sr.=Alberto Del Rio I think these two guys are similar in character and position. I think right now ADR is just floundering a little, having random matches with random folks waiting for his opportunity to break out. Ted DiBiase was a lot like that too. Sure he main evented sometimes, but if you look at it he never really had great FEUDS between himself and anybody. None that I can think of.
Ricky Steamboat=Christian Steamboat was known for being able to have an amazing match with ANYBODY and make it a classic, yet Vince never really looked at him as World Champion material. Unfortunately we all know that had Edge not retired...Christian wouldn't have won the World Title, BUT Vince can always count on Christian's match to be awesome and steal the show (Have you seen his match with RKO at OTL?!).
Andre The Giant=The Undertaker In the 1980's Andre was looked at as the end all be all of the WWF. No matter what he did, whether it was winning a body slam contest against BJS at WM 1 or making Hulk Hogan at WM 3 Andre was IT. He was looked at as a guy who could make stars along with the locker room leader. If Andre didn't want something to happen, it didn't. If somebody was out of line (Warrior) he took care of it. Undertaker is the same way. Undertaker does EXACTLY what HE wants, and if somebody has a problem in the locker room it's his unofficial duty to put them in line. There's a story about when the NWO came in 2002 Y2J went to UT and asked him for advice. UT told him that there wouldn't be any BS cuz he wouldn't allow it.
Ultimate Warrior=Kofi Kingston This may be a little early, only time will tell, but there was a time when Warrior was the #3 guy, and there was a time when Kofi was the #3 guy, it looked like both guys had promise, but then nothing came of it. Warrior may have won the WWF title from Hogan, but then what? Do you remember? Cuz I sure as hell don't. Same thing with Kofi (so far) he was really hot during his end of the year feud with Randy Orton a few years ago, but then he just fizzled out. A flash in the pan. Out of all of these I pray that this is the one I'm most wrong about.
That's how I see it...how do you?