A year after WrestleMania III, which announced “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s arrival as the wrestler to fear, Savage came into WrestleMania IV set on scoring his first world championship. A 14-man single elimination bout on March 29, 1988 stood in his way and would settle the score for who was the Undisputed WWF Champion.
The aligning of Hogan and Savage as the Mega Powers months before WrestleMania IV had been taking the WWF by storm, and with Hogan disqualified in his head-to-head quarterfinal showdown against Andre, the Giant, all depended on Savage to rep the allegiance for the ages. Savage would prevail over One Man Gang in the semifinals, but the brutal spar all but zapped Savage and his chances of taking the title in the final against Ted DiBiase. With Savage standing deliriously in the grips of DiBiase’s million dollar dream, Hogan stepped in and helped his partner out, delivering a steel chair to DiBiase’s back while the referee was distracted. Reenergized by the escape, Macho Man Randy Savage took to the turnbuckles and launched his signature flying elbow drop to seal his first world championship. Pay homage.