As noted, Friday, May 20, marks the five-year anniversary of the death of Macho Man Randy Savage. To celebrate his legacy, we’ve revisited his greatest match and asked what your favorite Macho Man moment was, but now it’s time to look back at an underappreciated aspect of Savage’s career: his legacy in wrestling video games.
Thanks to the folks over at Laser Time, we can now look back at the full spectrum of Savage’s appearances in WWE and WCW video games over the years as they’ve created a tribute to the former WWE Champion by mixing his video game appearances with his theme song and famous promos.
Savage has appeared in 14 different games starting with WWF WrestleMania released in 1989 for NES, and going through his availability as a character in WWE 2k16. He’s also been included in various forgotten titles like WWF WrestleMania Steel Cage, WCW Mayhem, and WWE All Stars.
Weirdly, though, the Macho Man is a Guinness World Record holder for the longest absence in a WWE game. As acknowledged in the 2015 “Gamer’s Edition” of the Guinness book of world records, Savage went 16 years and four months in between appearing in a WWE video game. He was in WWF Raw released in 1994, but he would not appear again until All Stars came out in 2011.
Regardless of if you’re doing it on an NES, PlayStation 2 or Xbox One, though, that flying elbow drop will always be the greatest.
(Via Laser Time)