Syndicated morning show D.J. Bubba The Love Sponge talked about the show daily for the week or so leading up to the event (heard locally on 98 Rock). Bubba and Savage have a long-running feud, and Bubba encouraged his listeners to come out in full force to let Randy know exactly what they thought about him.
When I got to Mr. B’s (the restaurant/bar where the event was held), there was a swarm of people outside of the building, many adorned in bright yellow shirts. Bubba had promised a shirt giveaway on the radio, and those were the shirts. On the front read “Hulk Hogan Rules” and on the back “Macho Man Sucks” with “Proud Member of the Bubba Army” written below. I was too late for the free shirts.
Mr. B’s was refusing to let anyone else inside at that point — especially those who were wearing the yellow shirts. However, others who walked right up were let inside, no problem. Apparently the idea was to prevent hecklers from making it inside. That idea ended up failing. A slew of off-duty cops kept the peace out front as best they could.
Brian Adams (Crush) and Macho Man arrived together in a limo. There were a few cheers… and then a chorus of boos from angry Bubba fans. People were shouting things like “Nubain” and “crapped your pants at Gold’s Gym” at Randy. I was amazed at the scene.
A cover band was inside playing as a warm-up, and I managed to finally get through the doors. The venue was tiny, hardly the scene for a serious concert.
The performance itself was horrendous. Remember the Milli Vanilli incident in 1990 where their CD started skipping at a concert? That’s what happened three songs into this show. Macho was lip-synching to his music, trying his best to ignore the overwhelming boos and jeers from the crowd. Unfortunately for Randy, the CD started skipping. Oops. He kept lip-synching until Adams gave him the sign to stop. They tried to compose themselves, but ultimately the rowdy crowd and equipment problems were too much to handle. Randy slammed down the mic and ended the show abruptly.