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The Macho Man video aired just before the show’s main event, affording it a fitting place of prominence in the broadcast. It was well put together, featuring a comprehensive reel of Savage’s most memorable moments and plenty of soundbites, from the Macho Man’s incomparable promo work. It also featured a soundtrack of three different songs, including a heartbreaking piano rendition of Savage’s entrance theme “Pomp and Circumstance.” While watching the reel, we held out hope that the last clip would dissolve to a live shot of the arena and the RAW roster standing at attention for a ten bell salute in Savage’s honor; but no salute transpired.
To date, the ten bell salute honor has been afforded only to a select and surprisingly eclectic list of names: Andre the Giant, Brian Pillman, Owen Hart, Rick Rude, Gorilla Monsoon, Lord Alfred Hayes, Davy Boy Smith, and Eddie Guerrero. As you can tell, the list includes mostly active “Superstars” who died tragically young, mixed with a few indisputable legends. The Macho Man certainly fits the latter group. He is among the legends most deserving of the honor, and the fact that he did not receive it is disappointing to say the least. Still the video was reassuring to fans that the Macho Man’s legacy will not be ignored by WWE.
With Savage’s passing dominating most of the pro wrestling analysis and discourse this week, it was a smart move on WWE’s part to lighten the mood a bit by recruiting fellow legend and Savage contemporary Bret “The Hitman” Hart to make an appearance on the broadcast. The alive and well legend was on his game, delivering an entertaining monologue on Cole’s loss to Jerry Lawler at the Over the Limit ppv and then engaging in a contentious interaction with R Truth. Truth was also very good in the segment. He complimented Hart on his decorated career before naturally heeling on him. In an inspired bit, Truth took Hart’s sunglasses and trekked to ringside in search of a child to whom to give them (a “Little Jimmy” as he called out again and again during his search). Upon finding the perfect “Little Jimmy” seated in the front row, Truth parodied the Hitman’s famous gimmick by placing the sunglasses on the boy’s head… only to snatch them off a moment later.