The GOAT. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
The Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament has reached its finals after a long two month road to the end that featured a lot of bumps in the road for some elite talent of the industry.
Except for "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and "Macho Man" Randy Savage, the two men who will battle it out starting tomorrow (Aug. 27, 2012) and ending Wednesday night at midnight CT.
Geno has been stumping for Austin while I've been campaigning for Savage. I've written three pieces on the career of "Macho Man" explaining why he is undoubtedly the greatest wrestler of all-time.
In the first piece, I discussed his pre-WWE days where he was invented the Reality TV era and the New World Order (nWo) invasion years and years before they actually came to fruition.
In part two, his historic WWE run was highlighted including his WrestleMania III match with Ricky Steamboat, heralded as the greatest match in the promotion's history and one of the greatest matches in the sport period. We also touched on his feuds with Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
In the third and final piece, I took a look at his run in World Championship Wrestling where he found their World Heavyweight Championship a total of four times from Hogan, Ric Flair and Kevin Nash. During his time there, he battled and joined the nWo, established a "Team Madness" stable and was generally one of the most entertaining characters in the promotion.
In summation, this is why you should vote for "Macho Man" and not someone who couldn't cut it in Atlanta.
Why you should vote for "Macho Man" Randy Savage
He's the greatest, obviously.
But if you want to know specifically why, I'll break it down for you.
Hands down, Savage is the better wrestler. For most of his career, Austin was nothing more than a brawler and even before his neck injury, he was a pretty good technical wrestler but no one would confuse him with the likes of Daniel Bryan. Savage, on the other hand, is one half of one of the greatest matches of all time.
It's the best WWE match ever according to AskMen.com and The Examiner (coming in second overall behind Flair/Steamboat) while WWE itself claims its the greatest WrestleMania match ever, setting the gold standard for The Granddaddy of Them All.
Promo-wise, he's right up there with Austin. With his gravelly voice, exaggerated mannerisms and colorful ring gear, Savage never failed to entertain when he was behind the stick. And unlike, Austin, he never gave wrestling fans an annoying chant still repeated years after he was retired.
And sure, Austin was a bigger draw but Savage wrestler in the era of Hulkamania but still managed to become one of the most beloved wrestlers of all time. When he passed, there was an outpouring of memories from wrestling fans, MMA fighters and even Warrior in one of his more lucid moments.
Savage found success everywhere he wrestled. From his early days to WWE and finally WCW, a promotion where Austin floundered.
Let's expound on that...
Why you shouldn't vote for "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
So much is made of Eric Bischoff not seeing much in Austin. Sure enough, he was wrong but if Austin really was that damn good, wouldn't his talent shine through anything? I mean, that's how Savage got hired by WWE in the first place. Vince McMahon saw a tape of the promotion he was on and wanted to hire Savage on the spot.
Savage has true, undeniable talent which any bonehead promoter could see. Austin had to have dominoes fall into place before he would able to break through to the next level. Frankly, Savage was a star wherever he went while Austin failed on wrestling's second biggest stage.
Secondly, Austin got a little too big for his britches when he refused to lay down for Brock Lesnar. He was set to lose to "The Next Big Thing" on an episode of Raw but Austin balked, took his ball and went home. I've never heard of Savage politicking like that, refusing to lose or being a prima donna like "the toughest SOB" was. Doesn't sound too tough.
You know what else isn't tough? Beating women.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin is a wife beater. He was arrested in 2002 for beating then-wife Debra Marshall. Say what you want about rumors regarding Savage and Stephanie McMahon but the amount of unfounded rumors in the wrestling world could fill the Grand Canyon.
Austin beating his wife is a "stone cold" fact.
And the bottom line is, Randy Savage never got fired over the phone.
Remember Cagesiders: Vote - Savage.