In a revelation that adds an unexpected layer to the enigmatic persona of “Macho Man” Randy Savage, WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long recently shared a gripping and somewhat startling story from the past. Long recounted an incident involving Savage, Dick Slater, and himself in the West End of Atlanta, a tale that takes an unforeseen turn as Savage allegedly signaled Slater to take drastic measures during a drug deal.
Randy Savage, an iconic figure in the pro wrestling world, solidified his place in the annals of the World Wrestling Federation during the mid-1980s. Renowned for his flamboyant character and memorable feuds with wrestling legends like Hulk Hogan and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Savage’s in-ring prowess made him a household name. However, Teddy Long’s recent anecdote sheds light on a different aspect of Savage outside the scripted world of professional wrestling.
According to Teddy Long, the trio ventured into the West End of Atlanta with the intention of purchasing drugs. The story takes a wild turn when the dealer, recognizing Dick Slater from his television appearances, not only offered weed but also revealed a substantial amount of cocaine. Long recalled Savage giving Slater a subtle nod, and in a surprising move, Slater reportedly put the dealer in a sleeper hold, rendering him unconscious. The trio then made off with the dealer’s stash, leaving him asleep in his car.
“He [the dealer] saw him and he recognized him [Dick Slater], you know, cause’ he was on TBS every weekend, you know, so he recognized him, he knew me, so he gets in our car and he says to ’em, ‘Hey guys, not only do I have some weed, I got cocaine’ and he pulls out this big bag of cocaine and he shows it to ’em. Well, I am sitting back there, I think Savage is in the front and Slater is in the back, and so, I look at Savage, and I see Savage nod his head at Slater. I didn’t know what that meant, now I know what it meant,” Teddy Long said.
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He went on:
“I saw Savage give him the office, and so just as the guy turned around, Slater hooked him right in a shoot sleeper hold. They put him to sleep right in this car, we took all of his stuff and we left him in his car asleep.”
This revelation offers a glimpse into the less-known and more tumultuous aspects of Randy Savage’s life outside the glitz and glamour of the squared circle. It showcases a level of unpredictability that mirrors Savage’s intense and unpredictable in-ring persona, painting a more complex picture of the wrestling icon.
In a separate note, Teddy Long provided insights into working with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, describing him as “easy to work with” when approached professionally. Long emphasized the need to cut through the bullsh*t and maintain a strictly professional demeanor when dealing with McMahon, shedding light on the intricate dynamics of working under the watchful eye of the WWE Chairman.
“He is easy to work with if you understand him. You know what I mean, you gotta know when Vince comes in, all bullsh*t out of the way now. Stop it completely. Everything now needs to be professional, and that’s what you do, and I’d rather [have] him come in and kick my stuff than anybody because if Vince comes and kicks it, if it’s good, he is gone. If it ain’t good, he is gonna tell you right there, ‘Let’s do it over.'” Teddy Long said.
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Vince McMahon, the longtime CEO of WWE, stepped down from his position amid a scandalous issue, leaving the future of the company and McMahon himself shrouded in uncertainty. The void left by McMahon’s departure opens up a new chapter in WWE’s narrative, with questions lingering about the company’s direction and leadership.
As the wrestling community absorbs these unexpected facets of Randy Savage’s past, Teddy Long’s account opens a window into the complexities of the wrestling world, where larger-than-life personas often extend beyond the confines of the ring. The tale, albeit shocking, adds a new chapter to the storied legacy of “Macho Man” Randy Savage, further fueling discussions about the multifaceted nature of wrestling icons and the blurred lines between reality and the scripted world of professional wrestling.