In a newly published interview with Fighting Spirit Magazine, TNA Wrestling Superstar Hulk Hogan discussed his strained relationship with the late "Macho Man" Randy Savage and desire to induct the legendary wrestler into the WWE Hall of Fame.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve heard all these urban legends about Randy doing something to piss Vince off," said Hogan. "I‚Äôve heard two or three different stories, and I don‚Äôt know if any of those are true, but he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and I would love to be the one that inducts him. I‚Äôve got a speech for him ready to go. I just think it‚Äôs a must that he‚Äôs in the Hall of Fame; he was so influential in this business, especially in the WWF, and in my career.
"You know, he‚Äôs the only guy we could pass the belt to, and we wouldn‚Äôt lose money. You gave the belt to The Ultimate Warrior - I don‚Äôt want to drop a bunch of names - and right away the revenue went down. Give the belt to ‚ÄėMacho Man‚Äô, and things would stay the same, or get better.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúFor me, it would be cool to induct him. We had a rift for about 10 years, and then right before he passed away, I was getting an EKG, when I hear (mimicking Randy‚Äôs voice) ‚ÄėYeah, what‚Äôs up, brother?‚Äô And I looked over, and he was there, looking great. I said, ‚ÄėHey Mach, how you doing?‚Äô I shook his hand, and introduced him to my wife, Jennifer. He‚Äôs like, ‚ÄėHello lovely lady, how ya doing?‚Äô Jennifer said to him, ‚ÄėOh, Mr. Macho, I‚Äôve heard so much about you. You know, we‚Äôve got three or four lawyers at the house today, so we‚Äôre gonna cook up. We‚Äôd love to have you over.‚Äô But he just went, ‚ÄėI don‚Äôt dig lawyers, baby, maybe we could start out with a phone call?‚Äô
‚ÄúI was on a show with Lanny (Poffo, Randy‚Äôs brother), Scott Steiner and Kevin Nash in Canada [around the time of Randy's passing], and Lanny had told me that his mom was depressed because his dad had passed away, and would me and Randy come to see her? We were gonna have a barbecue at Randy‚Äôs house for his mom, and surprise her. But midweek, Randy passed away. It was tough because we just started talking after all that ********; I was excited to talk to him, he was excited to talk to me, and then he passed away. It was [expletive] up. He was a great human being, too. He had a good heart, man. He was a good person.‚ÄĚ