In 1994, Hulk Hogan left Vince McMahon and the WWF (now WWE) and joined Ted Turner's wrestling organization: WCW. This is was by far the biggest defect in wrestling.
Not only did he defect, but he was instrumental in the NWO run of 96-98 where WCW terrorized the WWF in the ratings. Handing them defeat for over a year and a half straight. Vince McMahon had never been beat ... until then. Hulk Hogan was instrumental in that.
Yet Vince took him back. Hulk Hogan has worked many times for McMahons since the NWO days.
Another person that was instrumental in Vince McMahon's biggest defeat was Eric Bischoff. Bischoff not only led the company that beat Vince McMahon (albeit temporarily) -he did it in a very personal and public manner.
He called out Vince McMahon. He actually challenged him to show up at a WCW pay-per-view and fight him. It was quite surreal. Eric Bischoff brave away the results of a taped WWF show on a live WCW show. That was unheard of at the time-against the "rules" of wrestling.
Yet several years later, Vince let him in. Eric Bischoff worked for several years as an on-air personality for WWE.
Bret Hart was another famous departure. Definitely the most controversial. After Bret left, he had nothing but negative things to say about McMahon. Horrible things. Some were probably true. Some were probably false. But they were deeply personal and horrible things to say.
Yet, Vince let him back. The "Hitman" was not only inducted into the Hall of Fame, but has appeared several times on WWE programming.
Roddy Piper. Left and came back. Big Boss Man. The British Bulldog. Barry Windham. The list goes on and on.
When there was a departure, no matter how ugly, there was always a chance at redemption. If there was money to be made, you were always welcome back to the WWF into Vince McMahon's arms.
Without your name is Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
Shortly after Hogan debuted in WCW, Savage followed suit. Savage had been acting as an announcer for the WWF. Reports stated that Savage still wanted to wrestle, but McMahon believed his active career in the ring was a thing of the past.
That was it. Here we are, 15 years later. Every wrestler imaginable that left the WWF on the worst of terms has been welcomed back. They've been made members of the WWE Hall of Fame.
And nobody knows why. Professional wrestling is an industry full of gossip. You can not believe that everything you here is true. But everything that's true, you've heard. Exception this.
For every other exit and every other return-the story is known. Meetings are had. Apologies are made and accepted.
But with Savage, it's totally different. The WWE finally released a DVD about the Macho Man this year. But no documentary. No biography. No new interviews. Just a compilation of old (but great) matches.
The reason why Randy "Macho Man" Savage has never been welcomed back to the WWE and by Vince McMahon is totally unknown. No rumors persist. Nobody knows.
This is wrestling's best kept secret.