We've got a juicy spoiler for tonight's Monday Night Raw, Cagesiders! According to TMZ, WWE will announce the first inductee for their Hall Of Fame class of 2015 on Monday Night Raw tonight. Not only that, but apparently the person chosen for this prestigious spot is none other than "Macho Man" Randy Savage:
"Oooooh yeaaah ... "Macho Man" Randy Savage is FINALLY going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Sources tell us ... the WWE is expected to make the official announcement on "Raw" tonight."
It seems official, as WWE.com also has published a story on the expectation that "Macho Man" Randy Savage will be announced as the first inductee into the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame on tonight's Raw:
"It's not official yet, but it is expected that "Macho Man" Randy Savage will be announced tonight on Raw as the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame's Class of 2015, WWE.com has learned."
If you have been reading our daily Rumor Roundup, then the news isn't all that surprising, as we revealed that Savage was strongly being considered for the WWE Hall of Fame this year just three days ago.
This honor has certainly been a long time coming for someone who is arguably one of the top ten stars in company history. The fact that Vince McMahon never did business with Randy Savage ever again after he jumped ship to WCW in November 1994 and his continued absence from the WWE Hall of Fame even after his untimely death, led to online rumors that Vince McMahon had heat with Savage over believing he once "had his way" with his teenage daughter Stephanie McMahon.
In more recent years, the holdup has likely been Lanny Poffo's insistence that Savage's family would only cooperate with WWE over a posthumous Hall of Fame induction for the Macho Man, if his father, Angelo Poffo, and brother Lanny were inducted simultaneously with Savage like the Von Erich family were in 2009. Apparently, those were Savage's wishes before he died. However, over time, Lanny has softened that stance, saying in December 2013 that he wouldn't stand in the way of a solo Savage induction, as long as they left him out of it and didn't pay him:
"So I said wait a minute, it's true that Randy wanted the Poffos to go in as a family but you can't make them do that. So I figured, rather than put myself in the middle for the rest of my life, I said hey, go ahead and do whatever you want. I only have two requests. Leave me out of it- don't invite me- and please don't pay me, because I don't need the thirty pieces of silver. That was the amount Judas Iscariot took to betray Jesus..."
It didn't hurt that Stone Cold Steve Austin pressed the issue when he interviewed Vince McMahon on the WWE Network last December, asking the WWE boss point blank whether we would ever see the Macho Man in the WWE Hall of Fame. Being put on the spot, McMahon answered affirmatively, but wouldn't commit to his induction in 2015:
"Oh, absolutely. Definitely. I'd say soon. Not so sure if it's this year, but it will be soon. That's a yes. Of course it's a yes. Yes, he's going in."
However, the fact that WWE had just released a documentary DVD on Savage's career entitled Macho Man - The Randy Savage Story, which even his brother Lanny and mother Judy had participated in, suggested that the wind was blowing more favorably than ever for Savage to be inducted into Vince's Hall of Fame in short order.
I'm pretty stoked for this, Cagesiders! I'm sure you are too?