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Macho Madness is an anthology of the best matches and interviews/promos of Randy Savage’s career. The set includes numerous matches that have never been officially released on DVD; including a steel cage match between Savage and the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase (considered a rematch from their Wrestlemania 4 encounter), Savage and Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, and Randy Savage vs. DDP. All of the matches are presented in their entirety, although some of the other wrestlers’ entrance music is replaced (seriously, why is Vince so damn cheap – pay the original songwriters/performers the royalties to include the original music!). Thankfully, Jessie The Body Ventura’s commentaries are intact in this set (based on the number of matches Ventura calls, it would have been almost impossible to leave his commentaries out).
If you’re looking to see Macho’s best matches, chances are that you’ll find them on this set (i.e. - Savage vs. Steamboat, Savage vs. Hogan, Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior). It’s easy to see how Savage became arguably the top wrestling star of the 80s and 90s, as no one could just as convincingly either take an ass-kicking as a face or dish out cheap-shots as a heel, all the while maintaining a level of intensity that most wrestlers could only dream about.
The set is not without its flaws, the most egregious of which is that Matt Stryker and Maria host this set. Seriously? WWE couldn’t bother to ask Mean Gene Okerlund to present the collection? Stryker and Maria are terrible, as their flirtatious banter and terrible impersonations drag down the quality of the presentation. Then again, at least Maria looks hot.
Another issue is that there is no overall career retrospective of The Macho Man. There are a few photos of Savage’s father winning a sit-up competition and a loose explanation of plotlines between matches, but a full documentary or even a few comments from his peers would have added tremendous value to this set.
One final complaint; the match between Savage and Jake the Snake Roberts does not show all of the post-match action, including Jake slapping Elizabeth after making her beg for him to spare Macho from a full-blown beatdown.
Despite the issues, you can’t go wrong with this best of the Macho Man DVD set. While some fans will rightfully continue to demand a second DVD set containing a biography/career retrospective (be careful of what you wish for – see The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD), the matches and interviews included here are, as Macho would say in one of his promos, "The cream of the crop."
4 ½ out of 5 Slim Jims.
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