While Savage lived up to his name inside the ring, he was known to unleash the beast outside those unfriendly confines, as well. One occasion on which he did so was the notorious “Waffle House incident” that happened in Nashville back in the ’70s. According to Dutch Mantell (via Pro Wrestling Stories), Savage had just finished wrestling a sold-out house show, and he “wanted a waffle. NOW!!!” Rip Rogers, aka Disco Kid, was also present at the Waffle House table, and the way he remembers it (via Wrestle Zone), “Randy went to get some steak and eggs.” Well, whatever the Macho Man planned to order, he never did get his Waffle House meal. Instead, he got into a rumble with another customer.
It seems the guy was a friend of the Waffle House wait staff and he’d come in to announce the news of his upcoming wedding just as Savage was set to order. The waitress stepped away from the table to offer congratulations, at which point…well, Savage said some things, the newly-engaged guy took offense, and a fight broke out. Kitchen implements soon came into play and things got really ugly, so somebody called the police. Even after being maced, Savage never stopped swinging, and the only thing that brought a stop to the madness was a police dog taking a chunk out of his behind. The dog, it seems, was the only one who got anything to eat that night.