"Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding." - Dino Puglia's moving tribute to the Macho Man.
TampaBay.com has an article about the disastrous attempt at a "Macho Man" Randy Savage tribute show over the weekend, which was promoted as being a charity event.
They have their own bullet point rundown so I'll tell you to read the whole article, but here are some of the...er..."highlights":
- It was billed as a fundraiser for two children's hospitals (including St. Jude's) but neither hospital had any involvement. Even if they did, the show didn't make enough money to be donated. Your mileage may vary as to whether or not wrestlers should get regular pay on a charity show, but I would say this is a good reason why they should be donating their time. It used to be pretty standard on benefit shows but not as much lately.
- Only half of the eight name wrestlers advertised were there. Lanny Poffo (Randy Savage's brother, who had given the event his blessing) and the Honky Tonk Man claim they never agreed to appear. The latter called up promoter promoter Dino Puglia to confront him while recording a podcast.
- "There was no sound system, no bell to ring. In honor of the Macho Man, Puglia held marginally observed moments of silence, repeating 'ding' into the microphone."
- I swear that is taken verbatim from the TampaBay.com story.
Check out original article for all of the juicy details.