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Mattel to make Randy Savage action figure as part of their WWE Legends line

In a pretty big surprise, it was announced as part of the WWE/Mattel panel at San Diego Comic Con that Mattel has signed "Macho Man" Randy Savage for their WWE Legends line.  Savage even sent in a video where he cut a promo on his new action figure.  As most internet wrestling fans are aware, the shock is because WWE (Well, more specifically Vince McMahon) has been incredibly anti-Savage since the early to middle part of the '00s, only greenlighting a DVD set of his career when it became apparent that they were running out of big name DVD subjects.

Vince had refused to allow Jakks Pacific to sign him for their Classic Superstars line when they had the WWE license, and also refused to let THQ sign him for the Legends of Wrestlemania video game.  While Jakks and Mattel make individual deals with wrestlers not under WWE talent or legends contracts (increasing the prices of the toys since there are new licensing costs on top of their agreement with WWE), WWE has to approve all of them.  Nikita Koloff has claimed that, for reasons he's completely unaware of, he was on the no figure list for a few years until McMahon relented.  Jakks, which now has the TNA license and has a legends line of their own under the NWA Legends banner, probably would have signed Savage if Mattel didn't, so this may have been a move to cut them off and not WWE/Vince softening on him.

Vince always has strange reactions to people bringing up Savage, even by Vince standards.  The most well-known one saw him get very somber and calmly say that "I do not wish to do business with that man."  He was more staunchly against using Savage than he had been about anyone he was ever engaged in any kind of war with.

The reasoning for McMahon's feelings toward Savage has been one of the most-discussed wrestling rumors in recent years.

While Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Yahoo Sports has said that he heard the specific rumor earlier from people within WWE, it didn't really get any attention online until the infamous "sleaze thread" at the Death Valley Driver boards in 2004, where a posted using the handle "G. Gordon Liddy" posted this:

Macho had his way with Stephanie (she was about 14 then) back in 94/95 and that Vince found out and that was the true ending for Macho Man in WWF. Makes sense as the gent never was asked back or has been really showcased in those nostalgia video packages they do from time to time.

While the guess of Stephanie McMahon's age was pretty inaccurate (she turned 18 around the time of Savage's departure in the Fall of '94), Savage's reasons for leaving were well-known at the time (he wanted to be an active wrestler while Vince wanted him in his "Babe Ruth of the WWF" role as an announcer, goodwill ambassador, and sometimes wrestler), and Vince gave him a very warm send-off on Raw, it took on a life of its own.  It eventually came out that a less completely illogical version (that if it happened, Vince didn't find out until more recently) was what was believed by much of the talent and office staff in WWE, who had been circulating the rumor previously.  For years, Meltzer never addressed the rumor, but would mention that the only "official" reason for Savage never working with the company was that he was "too crazy to work with," which Meltzer found unlikely, often noting that Roddy Piper was considered as unstable as Savage or even more so.

In March of last year, someone outright asked Meltzer about the rumor on his Wrestling Observer Radio show.  You can listen to the segment here.  Here's a transcript of what was said:

I think that the reason is the same reason that everyone says.  It's the reason everyone in the company says. It's the reason that is the only one that makes any sense.  So I think that's the reason. I can't come up with any other reason. I don't know.  I mean, I've heard that reason from so many people that are not internet rumormongers, I mean people who - all I know is that within the company as far as the top people, they all believe it, and nobody knows for sure, because it's never brought up...When I first heard the story I didn't believe it because I thought it was just some story, but then, and I mean even when people who are very high up in that company, after they left the company, would tell me that story I still didn't believe it, but, you know, after a certain number of years when it's just, you know, ideas are brought up for Randy Savage and the reaction - there's something real, real bad because, let's face it, I mean, I couldn't count the number of times Vince said he would never do business with Hulk Hogan, and he always does.  So, I don't know...Actually, as time goes by, more people talk about it trying to say that it didn't happen.  You should ask Oliver, 'cause Oliver knows.  [Laughs]  Now I got Oliver in trouble!

The Oliver in question is Oliver Copp, a prominent German wrestling & MMA announcer/writer/public relations specialist/jack of all trades who normally tries to get over on forums by showing off his insider knowledge.  After the episode of Copp's MMA podcast that immediately followed this, he gave these replies to posters on Meltzer's message board who asked for Randy Savage stories:

Not going to happen, sorry

You can drug me and I won't talk about it. Let it go. Please.

No, not cryptic. Just let it go. Nothing to see here.

For what it's worth, Savage's last German tour for the WWF was a few weeks before he left the company.

This year, after Savage's father Angelo Poffo passed away, Meltzer wrote this in the Observer:

There was a lot of disappointment among the Poffo family as apparently Randy Savage had contacted both WWE and TNA, asking them to send some kind of a message to be read at Angelo Poffo's funeral. TNA sent it while WWE ignored the message.
Whatever it is, it seems like it's not business.  It's personal.