Welcome to DWN’s Match of the Day! There are some matches you just remember from your childhood that other wrestling fans may never recall on their best day. These matches can be good or bad, but they’re always obscure, and they always hold a special place in your heart. For me, the biggest one of these was a match from the January 1, 1996 episode of WCW Monday Nitro: Arn Anderson vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
Watching this for the first time now might not be too special, but as a kid it really stuck with me. I loved Savage, and hated the Four Horsemen as a 6 or 7 year old child might, and it was one of the first times that “working a body part” had really stuck with me. Savage had his arm taped up during the match, and Anderson went after it any time he was on the offensive. Commentary did an excellent job selling Anderson as a guy who knew how to break a man by going after a specific body part, and it really put Savage in a precarious position in the my mind as a child.
Obviously this was far from the first match to do such a thing, and clocking in at 7 minutes in the opening contest of a Nitro, it was far from the best. But it’s something that has really stuck with me over the last twenty years, and one that I happily watch at least once a year. Check it out below, and even though it’s far from special, I hope you get something out of it.