But when the purple-clad mascot turned against his own partner, Savage felled Grimace with one blow, opting for an arm hack to the head rather than his signature move, the "flying elbow from the top of the ropes."
Despite Savage's victory, wrestling fans at ringside agreed that his appearance at the Lampoon comes at a crossroads in the middle-aged wrestler's personal and professional life.
"He's not the same as he was at Wrestle mania III back in '86," said Savage admirer John E.Connolly '00.
In the past five years, Savage has switched his affiliation from the WWF to the WCW and been divorced from his wife and current manager, Lady Elizabeth.
More recently, he alienated himself from his gang, the New World Order (NWO), as a result of his feud with Hogan.
Responding to a question about a possible schism within the NWO, Savage said, "Sure, they're all tense and I'm feeling great."
Still, Savage's youngest fans remain his most ardent admirers.
"As many times as Macho Man gets knocked down he always gets back up," said seven-year-old Brian Devenne of Cambridge.
The afternoon's proceedings came to a climax when Lampoon President Matthew J. Murray '99 and Narthex Nicholas A. Stoller '98 handed Savage the silver cup that represents their Real Man of the Year Award as well as a self improvement cassette Savage identified as "How to Have Sex Up to One Time a Night."
Savage, apparently touched by the recognition,expressed his appreciation and said he would use the award as an incentive to "really get serious and kick ass from now on.