sources: www.f4wonline.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter
— At Armageddon on Sunday night, Jeff Hardy got an upset win over Triple H for the number one contender’s spot. At the moment, he is technically scheduled to wrestle Randy Orton for the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble. However, one WWE source is saying that that he would be surprised if Hardy lasted much longer with his number one contendership.
— At the 15th Raw Anniversary show, Hulk Hogan made reference to “Macho Man” Randy Savage by saying “Never Say Never, Ooooh Yeah,” the last two words in the distinct Randy Savage voice. Hogan simply ad-libbed his name and there’s really nothing more to it.
Though Vince McMahon has said in the past that he’d never do business with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Sable, Steve Austin, or Brock Lesnar (although he’s been negative on all ideas involving Lesnar since he pulled out of negotiations with WWE in the summer of 2005), Randy Savage is the one person he never listens to an idea pitched for. Whenever people on creative pitch ideas for talent on Vince’s bad side, he usually shouts a few expletives and tells them to forget about it. In several instances, Vince’s hatred dissipates, and he does business with people who were once on his bad side. Vince sometimes has a need to prove he can get back people who rip his company and claim to never want to return. Anyway, a while ago, Michael Hayes came up with an idea for a possible Randy Savage WWE return. Vince didn’t give the usual expletive-laden response, but simply looked off into the distance, collected his thoughts, and said, “I do not want to do business with that man.” And he left it at that.
Sometime within the last year or two, Jakks Pacific tried to sign Randy Savage for the Classic Superstars line up. However, Vince McMahon butted in and reneged an agreement between the two parties. In the past, he has allowed them to sign a number of wrestlers on bad terms with WWE, including Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Bruno Sammartino, The Honky Tonk Man, and even The Ultimate Warrior on two occasions. Savage remains one of the only prominent former WWE stars who hasn’t signed up with Jakks for an action figure.
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