5 WWE WrestleMania Losers That Were Ultimately Winners

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4. Macho Man Randy Savage (WrestleMania 3)

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For 14 months, Savage proved his mettle as the scheming, wildly-rhapsodizing Intercontinental Champion (or, as he'd say, "Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion"). 

He was the coolest bad guy in the biz, and fans latched on to his rarefied charisma.

Before a reported 93,000 fans inside the Pontiac Silverdome, Savage finally met his match. His 400-plus day reign as champion ended when he was pinned by Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, in what is still considered one the greatest matches in Mania history.

Though Hogan was still top dog, Savage's popularity, reliability, and the knowledge that he could deliver in big matches (as thoroughly demonstrated here), all but earmarked him for a bigger run one day. A face turn and one gruelling tournament later, Savage stood tall as WWF champion at the end of WrestleMania 4. 

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.