Apparently George “The Animal” Steele and Roddy Piper’s theories on why Vince McMahon was so sour on Randy Savage are both false. George Steele said Vince was upset that Savage left him for WCW, since he thought of Savage like a son. Piper said it was because Randy Savage slapped Vince at a bar, for reasons unknown.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the reason for Vince’s contempt towards Savage must have occurred after 1996 — or Vince found out about something after 1996. Meltzer reported on F4WOnline.com that in late 1996, Savage’s WCW contract expired and Vince McMahon said he would take Savage back “with open arms,” but would “never ever” take Hulk Hogan back. Thus, something happened after that which changed Vince’s perception of Savage.
“Any explanation of why Vince hates Savage that has to do with something that Vince would have known pre-1996 is clearly balderdash,” wrote Meltzer. “Either something post-1996, or something he found out about post-1996.”
There is a long-standing rumor about Randy Savage allegedly being involved in a sexual relationship with Vince’s daughter Stephanie McMahon during his final year in WWE, and Vince didn’t find out about it until years later. While this allegation has never been verified, Meltzer reported two years ago that even top WWE officials believed the rumor to be fact, and it’s also his theory on why Vince hates Savage.
Meltzer expanded on his theory about Stephanie, saying: “I think that the reason is the same reason that everyone says. It’s the reason everyone in (WWE) says. It’s the reason that is the only one that makes any sense. So I think that’s the reason. I can’t come up with any other reason. I don’t know. I mean, I’ve heard that reason from so many people that are not internet rumourmongers, I mean people who – all I know is that within the company as far as the top people, they all believe it, and nobody knows for sure, because it’s never brought up.”
“When I first heard the story I didn’t believe it because I thought it was just some story, but then, and I mean even when people who are very high up in that company, after they left the company, would tell me that story I still didn’t believe it, but, you know, after a certain number of years when it’s just, you know, ideas are brought up for Randy Savage and the reaction – there’s something real, real bad because, let’s face it, I mean, I couldn’t count the number of times Vince said he would never do business with Hulk Hogan, and he always does. So, I don’t know…Actually, as time goes by, more people talk about it trying to say that it didn’t happen.”
Ex-WWE writer Chris DeJoseph also spoke on the issue. You can read his comments here.