It Came From YouTube: Macho Man plays baseball with a kid because he cares!

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Crapper Drew Bludd writes:

With help from The Fabulous Art 0′Donnell, I was finally able to find a WWF promo I’ve been seeking for years.

As an ardent baseball fan (who competes in fantasy leagues alongside teams such as The Parts Unknown Warriors, The Quebec Mounties, The Ugandan Giants & Benoit Family Planning) I was always fond of this piece, of Vince McMahon’s desire to put down mainstream sports while trying to elevate his circus into the mainstream.

This promo comes from 1994, a terrible year for sports (and an even worse one for sports entertainment). For there would be no World Series. The MLB had gone on strike. Now, sure, many of us learned about this from Steve Lombardi. But the rest of us were generally bummed out by, as it would be put years later, millionaires fighting with billionaires thus robbing the country of our national pastime.

A young baseball fan walks onto a field by himself. The field is empty as there will be no game today. The shock causes him to drop his tiny glove and begin to cry.
But who shows up out of nowhere? Bad News Barrett? Nope. “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

Dandy Randy throws a few pitches to the boy instead doing of the obvious thing which is not play alone with a child that you don’t know.

A voice over says that in the WWF there IS no off season. The boy asks Macho if wrestlers will ever go on strike. He assures the kid that he won’t.
He’s not Jim Hellwig.

But walk out on the company that made you a household name to show up in the inferior competition almost overnight for a big pay day without giving your boss any notice?
Yeah, kid. THAT they do.

“The WWF- We’ll never go on strike… because we don’t have a union!” -Joe Gagne, Joe Vs. The World WWF 1994 Year In Review podcast.

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18 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: Macho Man plays baseball with a kid because he cares!"
  1. Mister Forth says:

    This ad couldn’t sound any less genuine.

  2. John.C says:

    “Our season never ends” Nice thought in theory but in reality it meant too many boys died because they never got a real break during the year. There should have been mandatory real vacation time given considering the hellish traveling that the guys had to do. It seems like a lot of were wasted so the season would never end.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you’re a tad off base (no pun intended) there. It was DRUGS that killed all those wrestlers, whether steroids or otherwise.

      • John C says:

        That was the implied message in that. Most of them took so many DRUGS because of the heavy travel schedule and lack of quality down time. It was their decision to take what they took but some responsibility should go to the promoters for not making sure they took better care of their employees.

  3. Drew b says:

    I’m in favorite of the part time wrestler. When an wrestler gets popular enough and can buy his power they always opt for a less busy schedule. I don’t mind if its X amount of days off in a month or months off at a time but they’ve got to worm something out where these guts can bump/travel less and work longer.

  4. Drew b says:

    Apologies for all the typos. Damnable kindle

  5. Anonymous says:

    Have you ever inducted the entire “Our Season Never Ends” ad campaign? I’d personally argue that it was not only wrestlecrap, but one of the worst advertising campaigns for anything in history period.

    • Anonymous says:

      And just to add to this idea: if you did induct it then you could include at least a mention of the various references made to the baseball strike on WWF programming around that time period.

    • Time Lord Soundwave says:

      It was included in the Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz induction.

  6. Brad says:

    To be fair, I think Savage leaving for WCW had less to do with money and more to do with WWF phasing him out as a full time in-ring performer.

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Yeah, I think he would have been perfectly happy to stay in WWE if they’d let him wrestle, but Vince wanted him to be a commentator which he didn’t want to do.

      • John C says:

        And we know what else Vince didn’t want Randy doing…Oh yeahhhhhhh!!!!!! Need a little excitement snap into the boss’ daughter.

  7. Scrooge McSuck says:

    Can the internet come together and put a ban on Savage/Stephanie jokes? It’s probably become the least funny running joke and yet people still insist that it’s funny because… there is no reason.

  8. No Ballgame Maggle says:

    This was 94 and alot of people were up for taking jabs at the villanous MLB.

    WWF didn’t mind taking some shots as seen this ad.

    I also remember Mike Judge took some shots at MLB some years later in the On Strike episode of Beavis and Butthead. Funny as hell.

    “These guys simply REFUSE to go to work.”

  9. Drew B says:

    I’m not big on the rumor either but I think Hardcore Holly says in his book that back in 1994 Randy and Stephie were, as he put it, “very close.”

  10. Drew B says:

    As per Randy wanting to work as an in-ring talent, I’d always heard that. I can understand wanting to create new stars but to have a late-30s Macho Man just SITTING there only bringing him out for PPVs was a huge blunder. Just like Ric Flair leaving in 1993 because he was being moved out of the main event picture. Why would you EVER do that? Flair and Savage doing programs with Bob Backlund, Lex Luger, Bret Hart, Shawn Michael’s and Diesel would have been MONEY in 1993-1994 WWF.

  11. neverAcquiesce says:

    Is that not the same kid from the Bret Hart commercial?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOWlhrQV9iM

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