Friday, May 20, 2011

Macho Man Randy Savage (November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011)

Today one of the icons of my childhood died. The Macho Man Randy Savage sadly died after a car accident today. While details are still being sorted out apparently the Macho Man had a heart attack while driving and then crashed into a tree in Florida. He was 58.

Randy Savage was a professional wrestler that was known for his raspy voice, the bandanas he wore in the ring, and his colorful outfits. He was one of the larger-than-life stars of wrestling throughout the 80s and 90s.

The Florida Highway Patrol crash report states that Randy Savage, whose real name was Randy Mario Poffo, was driving his Jeep Wrangler when he lost control of his vehicle around 9:25 a.m. The Jeep then went over the raised median, crossed over the eastbound lanes, and collided head on with a tree. While the report does state he had a medical event prior to the accident, it doesn't elaborate more on what that was.

Randy Savage's wife, 56 year old Barbara Poffo was a passenger in the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. Both were wearing their seatbelts in the incident.

The Macho Man's former employer the WWE released a statement saying that he would be greatly missed by both the organization and his fans.

Randy Savage was one of the most charismatic wrestlers of all time. He has famous catchphrases such as. “Oooh Yeah!” Randy Savage performed in the WWF, WCW, and briefly in TNA. During his career he had numerous reigns as the world heavyweight champion. Holding the WCW World title 4 times and the WWF twice.

Savage along with Hulk Hogan defined the era of wrestling in the 80s within the WWF. He would wear robes with the words “Macho Man” bejeweled on the back of them. He often went to the ring with rainbow colored cowboy hats and his trademark oversized sunglasses.

Savage was managed for a majority of his career by the late Miss Elizabeth, who passed away herself in 2003 at the age of 42.

The Macho Man won his first title after a tournament win against the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase in the main event of WrestleMania IV in 1988. Savage's last appearance in a major organization came with TNA in early 2004. He had since then entered into retirment as an in-ring performer.
Throughout his career he had the ability to make the fans love or loathe him depending on the role he was playing at the time. His famous finishing move was the flying elbow drop off the top rope. Outside of wrestling he was most known for his role in the first Spider-Man movie as Bonesaw and as the spokesperson for Slim Jim where he would speak his famous line, “Snap into it!”

Throughout his career he had memorable rivalries with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Diamond Dallas Page, Ricky Steamboat, and Ric Flair. Savage was a minor league catcher in the 1970s for St. Louis and Cincinnati before turning in the uniform for tights. His father, Angelo Poffo, was a longtime wrestler, and his brother, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, was also a 1980s WWF mainstay.

Its sad to see yet another Wrestling Legend pass too soon and another part of my childhood die. Randy Savage was a great entertainer and will be surely missed by his fans everywhere.

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