I’m not sure where to begin. Growing up, most of us had people we looked up to or admired. Teachers or coaches. Celebrities or athletes. Naturally, most of my influences were in the world of sport. People like Kirk Muller, Cal Ripken Jr., Paul Molitor, Mario Lemieux and of course Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith, ‘Mr. Perfect’ Curt Henning, ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude and Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage. With today’s news, the last four on that list are all gone.
TMZ broke the news that 58 year old Randy Savage (Poffo) sufferred a heart attack while driving his 2009 Jeep Wrangler. He lost control, it went over a concrete median and crashed head on into a tree. Fortunately, his wife escaped the accident with only minor injuries.
Savage had an amazing career. Six time World Champion, an Intercontinental Champion and one of half of one of the greatest tag teams of all time, The Mega Powers. He’s actually been one of those wrestlers that stopped working when he got too old and managed to stay out of the limelight. His match at Wrestlemania 3 against Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat is one of the greatest and one of the most technically perfect matches of all time.
There were times when I was a young lad that I would absolutely hate the ‘Macho Man’. He would do unspeakable things to the good guys like Steamboat, Tito Santana and Koko B. Ware. Over the years, I grew to respect Randy Savage and really appreciate his in-ring work as well as his amazing promo ability.
If you’re not sure of how awesome Savage was as a personality. Check out this video and try to keep up.
For me, Savage had a memorable appearance in Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man playing pro-wrestler Bone Saw McGraw. He also made appearances on Walker: Texas Ranger and did voice work in the movie Bolt as well as the television shows Family Guy and King of the Hill.
One thing the Savage did not accomplish is an induction in the WWE Hall of Fame. Some say he had a big fallout with Vince McMahon. Hopefully, he’ll get his due and be inducted along with his longtime manager and valet, the late Miss Elizabeth.