Randy “Macho Man” Savage 1952-2011

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.

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  • Khan Farrington, HMV Manager

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    That sucks.

    It’s hilarious when he turns his back on the camera.

  • kyri

    Why…

  • dirrrtyfrank

    The macho man truly was the cream of the crop.

    I could watch his interviews for hours on end.

    Should have been the number one star of the WWF.

  • Matt

    He had THE best promos of all time. RIP Macho Man. Let’s all snap into a Slim Jim in remembrance.

  • Scuv

    Definetly one of the greatest ever. May your light shine on forever Macho man/king. OOHH YEEEAAAAHH!!!

  • Fitting eulogy for a truly badass icon–you should do more articles on the Wrestling Beat(down)

  • Fatbologna

    Good night, sweet prince.

  • No one’s pointed out that the picture is reversed. Can we get a better/corrected one?

  • Oops I think I accidentally flipped it when I was resizing it. I’ll see if I can find a better pic.

  • Lars Von Tired

    Greg should do the entire next episode of the podcast in a Savage impression.

    That would be gold.

  • Greg

    As I’m sitting here lost in youtube watching old Randy Savage promos, I’ve come to realize how much I never truly appreciated ‘Mean Gene’ Okerlund. That guy had a very quick wit.

  • Lars Von Tired

    Macho was so sood he makes Jake “The Snake” Roberts crack up during an interview – go straight to 2:35 onward.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x41xp6_snake-pit-with-macho-man_shortfilms

    Great mullet on Jake. Jay should grow a mullet it would help his film career.

  • milath

    I’m not much of a wrestling fan, but even I knew of the Macho Man. And I suspect even God is shaking a little now that Macho Madness has come to heaven.

  • phillywilly

    ooooh man he was the best i’ve got a framed poster of him above my official Royal Rumble pinball machine featuring his voice, fuck i’m gunna go play it right now! damnit! rip macho

  • Bert belgium

    Beatifully put Greg.

  • for Greg-

    some guys on chicago sports radio talked about the Poffos as they were from Downers Grove. Macho Man was one of the best baseball catchers they ever saw, or, played against. Said his famous wrestler father would sit on a lounge chair behind the backstop watching his son play wearing a bikini swimsuit, oiled up working on his ring tan. I didn’t realize Macho Man was one of the Mets top prospects before a shoulder injury ended his baseball career. They talked about his ring precision, as you mentioned, and how he never left character just like his father.

    good stuff

  • MikeH

    i definitely have to say that the Macho Man was one of my all time favourites as well, whether he was a good guy or a heel.
    i am surprised that he is not in the WWE Hall of Fame, i guess with his death they will definitely have to consider him.
    he will be missed.

  • Steve Kasan

    So sad when I heard Savage passed. It felt like a member of the family has left. The madness shall live forever, now, he is dropping elbows in heaven!
    Greg, did you see the video tribute they did on RAW last night? Shame of the circumstances with Savage & WWE.

    FREAK OUT! FREAK OUT!

  • sani

    the rapture got him…