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A Savage tribute: CM Punk elbow smashes John Cena at SummerSlam

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As he’s done in the past, CM Punk again honored the memory of the late Randy “Macho Man” Savage, who appeared on the very first SummerSlam card in 1988, with a flying elbow smash from the top rope Sunday, seemingly crushing John Cena’s Superman chest in their “Undisputed” champion vs. champion match.

As if on cue, a very vocal chant of “Randy Savage, Randy Savage!” broke out in the Staples Center from the fans who recognized the trademark finisher of the most macho–if not the greatest–superstar in WWF history. Very cool moment.

Of course, the announcers (the “rehired” Jim Ross was sorely missed), including Jerry Lawler, who had taken plenty of Savage elbows over the years dating back to their Memphis days, completely ignored the moment. Booker T has a pass, as he had already exhausted every possible cliche at that moment so he was too busy inventing new ones in his head. Can’t believe Cole didn’t mark out with a “vintage Randy Savage” comment, but Vince McMahon probably screamed in his headset to avoid doing so.

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