As I’m sure many of you realize by now I am a huge wrestling fan, especially of the old school late 80’s and 90’s stars. So any time a performer is forced to retire or passes away I always take special notice. Today though I was caught completely by surprise by the sudden passing of “Macho Man” Randy Savage. To say the Macho Man was a favorite in our house would be an understatement. Even as a little guy I can remember imitating his voice and mannerisms with the typical “Ooooh Yeee-yuh!” and “Snap into a Slim Jim!” Even when I was out last night I brought up Savage in conversation with my friend Al, also a huge wrestling and diehard Macho Man fan, how I’d recently re-watched Spider-Man and how old Savage had seemed even then. Never expecting the very next morning one of my childhood idols would have passed away after suffering a heart attack while behind the wheel of his Jeep. His wife Lynn, luckily only sustained minor injuries.
Like many wrestlers in the 70’s and early 80’s, Savage spent time among the numerous wrestling territories in the United States as a second generation star along with his brother “Leaping” Lanny Poffo. Randal Poffo would gain the name Savage after wrestler/booker Ole Anderson would say that the name Poffo didn’t fit someone “who wrestled like a savage.” It wouldn’t be long before Savage would find his new home in the World Wrestling Federation in 1985, where he would become one of the companies biggest draws along with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and others.
A multiple time champion, his match with Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III is largely held as one of the greatest matches of all time by bother wrestlers and fans alike. Savage had held the Intercontinental title for almost 14 months and would lose the title to Steamboat after 19 two-counts and the interference from George “The Animal” Steele. Pro Wrestling Illustrated would name the match the 1987 Match of the Year.
Though Savage would often team with other stars like Hogan as the Mega Powers, he is still best known as a singles competitor. After time spent as a color commentator in the WWF, Savage would follow Hogan to WCW where he returned to active wrestling and would later become one of the most prominent members of the New World Order. Savage remained one of the companies stars until 1999. Other than a few short appearances for the Total Nonstop Action promotion, Savage would not return to an active wrestling schedule again.
Though rumors have always been that because of Savage’s strained relationship with Vince McMahon, he would never be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, it seems only right that next year before Wrestlemania that the “Macho King” himself be inducted. His appearance in the recent WWE All Stars game as well as being featured in his own DVD career retrospective, it seems Vince McMahon is never willing to let a bridge be completely burned. 2012 may very be the year that the Hall of Fame receives it’s dose of “Macho Madness.” Ooooooooh Yeeee-yuh!!!
View the WWE announcement here along with pictures and a retrospective video.
“He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he’s happy and in a better place and we miss him,” –Hulk Hogan
“RIP Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage – you were one of my childhood inspirations and heros. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family,” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
“I lost a close friend today. If anybody in heaven is wondering who the cat in the ugly cowboy hat is it’s Randy. Love you Bro. Never another,” – Kevin Nash
PETE is a wrestling mark & will celebrate the life & times of Randy Savage by watching & enjoying his old matches with fellow fans & friends. It may be a “staged” sport, but these entertainers still put their bodies on the line & deserve the respect that comes with it. RIP Macho Man. There will never be another like you.