The news of Mancho Man Randy Savage’s death has rocked the entertainment world. While that may not seem to have anything to do with the Detroit Lions, Randy Savage does share a common bond with our beloved Honolulu blue and silver.
Wrestling fan or not, it is hard to dispute that Wrestlemania III was one of the biggest events ever hosted at the Pontiac Silverdome. Over 93,000 people (depending on who you believe) passed through the turn styles to witness the event that concluded with Hulk Hogan’s iconic victory over Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship belt.
Just three matches prior, Macho Man Randy Savage faced Ricky Steamboat for the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
John Powell recounted the match for SLAM! Magazine:
Macho Man and Steamboat put on a legendary match. A masterwork in every sense of the word. Fourteen years later, a large majority of fans still consider this the best WrestleMania ever produced by the World Wrestling Federation. In large part this is due to the classic match Steamboat and Savage had for the Intercontinental Title. The word “awesome” barely comes close to describing the thrilling, see-saw battle that unfolded. If you recall, this bitter feud started when Steamboat made a play for the Intercontinental title. In a furious Pearl Harbor job, Macho attacked Steamboat as he greeted fans at ringside. Putting his throat over the security rail, Savage dropped a flying elbow on Steamboat’s throat sending him to the hospital. Their match at WrestleMania 3 was the pinnacle of a ingeniously scripted feud.