As we all mourn the passing of one of the all time greats of professional wrestling, join us to remember the life and career of Randy Savage.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage, the greatest wrestler of all time, died today after suffering a heart attack while driving and crashing into a tree. Born Randall Mario Poffo on November 15, 1952, Savage was the son of Hall of Fame wrestler Angelo Poffo and older brother of "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, who also wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation as "The Genius." Savage was famous for his colorful attire, unique and exciting promo style, and his formidable in-ring talent, including his famous "flying elbow" finishing move from the top rope.
Savage began his wrestling career in Georgia Championship Wrestling, where his first gimmick was a Spider-Man like character called "The Spider Friend," but soon took the stage name Randy Savage. He wrestled for his father's International Championship Wrestling and Jerry "The King" Lawler's Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis before joining the World Wrestling Federation in 1985, where he remained until 1994, at which point he wrestled for World Championship Wrestling until 1999. From 2004 to 2005, Savage made some appearances for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Savage won 20 championships during his career, including two WWF Championships, four WCW World Heavyweight Championships, and one WWF Intercontinental Championship. He was the 1987 King of the Ring.
Savage was the spokesman for Slim Jims beef snacks in the 1990s and 1998's Harvard Lampoon Man of the Year, and he made various appearances on television and animated shows including Baywatch, Dexter's Laboratory, and Family Guy. Savage played Bonesaw McGraw in the movie Spider-Man in 2002, and released an epic rap album, "Be a Man," in 2003.
In lieu of a detailed history of Savage's long and storied career, which would be impossible to do justice, we would like to present some tributes and memories from the wrestling fans of The Outhouse:
In the history of wrestling there have been some fantastic storylines. The formation of the nWo, CZW vs. ROH, and the Summer of the Hart Foundation just to name a few.
On this list and very high up, for me, is the MegaPowers Explode!-storyline. From the beginning to end, it showed the true power of patience in pro wrestling. This was a storyline that, in the modern day, would have been blown off two months later. Instead, the storyline was allowed to build and gestate and become amazing.
For me, the storyline and the feud between Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage represents the pinnacle of either man's career. Some might say the Savage/Warrior-feud and Hogan's heel turn are higher, but creatively I feel that this was the top point for both men.
A lot of that was due in large part to Randy Savage's acting. We all know he's a great worker and an insane promo, but often times his acting is overlooked. Randy was gifted with his body-language and facial expressions. He could devolve into a rage in seconds. This storyline really showed the depth he had as a pro wrestler.
He's a major loss to the industry. Hopefully he ends up in the HOF soon.
When I started watching wrestling as a kid, Randy Savage was already one of the big names. He was feuding on and off with George "The Animal" Steel. The "Macho Man" was constantly throwing Miss Elizabeth in the way, and I despised him. I hated him with such a passion that I couldn't imagine a worse human being. Someone needed to hurt him! Take away that ridiculous nickname! He's not macho!! I can still remember his legendary Wrestlemania match with Ricky Steamboat... I never screamed at the TV so much. By the time I saw him in his "loser leaves the WWF" match with The Ultimate Warrior (one of the few live shows I've been to), I was a hardcore fan. I never screamed at a wrestler like I did at Warrior that day. Warrior never won me over, but Savage did.
Randy Savage truly embraced his role as a wrestling heel like nobody else. He put on a show at all times. Win or lose, you had to see his matches. I don't think any other wrestler has adopted such an extreme full-time persona since then. Doing a Macho Man impression used to be a kind of Rite of Passage for young fans. In high school, I made a video project which was a Randy Savage cooking show. I made "Hulk Hogan Can't Do That Scrambled Eggs." I loved watching him extend into general pop culture with the Slim Jim commercials, Spider-Man and Dexter's Lab. I've spent years hoping for a return on a regular basis. I'm sorry it never happened, but I have a lot of great memories. That Wrestlemania match with Steamboat is still one of the greatest of all time.
I am only 20 years old, so I was not there for Macho Man Randy Savage's epic clash with Steamboat or much of his WWF tenure. I did catch him on WCW and thought he was a great heel. I would perform the flying elbow drop on my friends on the trampoline because it was a cool looking move. However, It wasn't until I took the plunge head first into becoming a serious wrestling fan and began to watch and read up on The Macho One, that I learned he was and is the best in the world at what he did. No one lived their character and perfected it quite like Savage.
Macho Man wasn't just a wrestler, he was an American icon, hero, and villain all wrapped up into one. His stuff with Slim Jim is memorable, and when can you say that about slim jims or commercials in general? He had a memorable role in Spider-Man the movie, thus drawing the gap between wrestling and comic book fans even closer. To me, that's what Macho Man Randy Savage was, a comic book character, and I wouldn't have preferred it any other way. If only Savage could have made it through the Rapture, so he could perform the flying elbow drop on angels, demons, or just pussies in general who need it.
R.I.P Randy "Macho Man" Savage, you will always be remembered fondly and as one of the greatest of all time.
My first memory of the Macho Man was watching via satellite from the Boston Garden, Savage vs Tito Santana for the IC title and Macho Man won his first Intercontinental Title. Savage was one of the first "heel" or bad guy wrestling characters that I really liked. At that time in my life as a little kid I was much more into the Hulkmania and "babyfaces" or good guys of the day, but there was something about Savage that just drew me in. I was all about the Macho Madness when he took out Steamboat, and I was cheering for the Macho Man when the Megapowers imploded!! Savage was amazing on the mic and in the ring, and had that "it" factor that not many come by. His connecting to the crowd as a heel or face was incredible, he had everyone in any arena in the palm of his hand. I know a lot of people like to think of Shawn Michaels of the Undertaker being Mr. Wrestlemania but looking back 3 of my favorite matches from all the Manias include one man, the Macho Man. Savage vs Steamboat, his first WWF World title win over The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, and his "retirement" match with The Ultimate Warrior, are all need to be seen classics! I hope now that next year the Macho Man will finally be inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame because he is one of the few left that actually truly deserves a spot there.
When I was a kid there were only a select group of wrestlers I considered really great. The Road Warriors, Flair and the Horsemen, The British Bulldogs, Bret Hart, and of course the immortal Macho Man Randy Savage. Some of my fondest wrasslin memories involve watching the Macho Man on Saturday Nights and seeing his classic feuds with Steamboat and Hogan. Nothing defined an era of wrestling more, and influenced so many to come, then seeing the original showstopper climb the top rope, leap into the air, and crash down on another victim. The Mega Powers, The Macho King...so many memories of The Madness populate my smark psyche that the very name Randy Savage has come to be synonymous with professional wrestling for me. Listening to Gorilla Monsoon and Vince McMahon call his matches, the NWO Run. So much is flooding back right now it's hard to nail down one specific defining moment. But the buildup and match with Hogan at Wrestlemania V is a personal highlight. If I had to pick one thing that best sums up what the Macho Man meant to a generation of fans it would be this story my best friend just reminded me of: "When I was thirteen I was in the hospital. I remember I used to pass the time wrapping myself in the hospital bed sheets, pretending they were the macho man's robes , running around and going " Oh Yeah, Macho Madness". It helped keep me distracted and entertained. The nurses liked it too. Thanks for all the memories Randy, a very sad day for wrestling and for me personally. Rest In Peace "oh Yeah"
He pulled us into the story with his ring psychology and larger than life persona. Even though we knew better in the end, for 20 or minutes a night he made us believe that wrestling was real. Thank you Randy Savage. Keep flying from the top rope all the way up to heaven.
Shocked to say the least. Woke up today, went to check my email and make the morning rounds on news sites and I see that the Macho Man Randy Savage is dead.
While I was pretty young during his early WWF days, he was without a doubt right up there with Hogan, Sting and Flair as one of the most charismatic, colorful and entertaining personalities of the day. Even looking through a childs eyes there was no mistaking his greatness. And he was one of the few heavyweights I ever saw with a true top rope move that wasn't an axe-handle....his diving elbow was as entertaining as his promo's or Macho Madness mannerisms.
Then during the nWo era he, like a lot or werstlers, slightly reinvented himself with darker more serious attire later on in WCW. His matches back then were nowhere near the caliber of his early WWF run but it showed a great talent who was able to adapt with the times to still carry himself as a true great.
Then after his WCW run ended I next saw him in the Spider-Man movie. Oh man, that brought a smile to my face after i thought he was long gone.
And then came his final appearance ever: his short TNA run where he teamed with AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy against the original Kings of Wrestling (Jeff Jarrett, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash). The match itself was largely carried by the other men but when he eventually made his run-in during the match's end to secure the win, despite being a far cry from the athlete he once was, the reaction of the crowd to just the Macho Man coming into the ring and winning the match made me smile....when no matter of the quality of your performance, you get an ovation and celebration that big is a true indicator of the respect and admiration he had secured of the fans. While I regularly made fun of that moment when chatting with you guys, the reaction he got from that crowd and myself being able to have fond memories of it is yet another indication of why Randy Savage is one of the all-time greats of this business.
And it is literally a crime that this man is not in WWE's Hall of Fame. It further shows the political nature of that institution and how it is personally biased by Vince McMahon. A Hall of Fame that doesn't acknowledge a true legend such as Randy Savage is a joke. Even if they induct the man posthumously, there is no excuse for not doing so earlier from when the HoF inductions became a yearly event.
RIP Randy Savage, while you may have left us the flame of Macho Madness never will.
-Sweet James Jones
My memorial to Randy Savage will be short but sweet:
Savage vs, Steamboat at WrestleMania 3 -- one of the best matches I have ever seen. I need to say nothing more.
The 1980s were just a golden era for wrestling. You had the greatest babyfaces and heels. Each wrestler brought something to their craft. Amongst them all, only one stood who could balance both just perfectly, Macho Man Randy Savage. No matter what side he took during a match, you always found yourself rooting for the Macho Man to prevail.
I came into wrestling when I was eight years old. So alas, I have no memories of the classic feud Randy had with Ricky Steamboat. My first memory of him was going postal on Hulk Hogan and the break-up of the Mega Powers. Him and the Million Dollar Man were the top heels in the company to me. When either appeared on the scene you knew something was going to go down.
I only went to two live WWF events in my life so far, both being at the Rosemont Horizon. Both times they had Savage in the main event against someone and both were epic matches (one was a re-match with Hogan and the other was him against Hacksaw Jim Dugan during at start of the Macho King Era). He was the heel in both, and both times he just carried the match (winning the Dugan one, but fighting to a draw with Hogan).
My father, still remembers and always cherishes the memory of seeing Savage in action. In fact, he always tells this tale if wrestling is ever brought up in conversation. That we where not far from ringside and when Savage appeared the crowd booed him. My father on the other hand was cheering like hell and Savage did his trademark pointing across the arena and one time he stopped to point at my dad. Of course my dad went livid and cheered more for the Macho Man.
For my own moment, I have to say it was an episode of Superstars for the coronation of the Macho King. EVERY single heel the WWF had was in that ring to celebrate Savage becoming the King. Then the Million Dollar Man presents him with a gift, the golden scepter (which he used as a foreign object to win numerous matches later on). As for the geeky side, it would have to be the episode of Dexter's Laboratory in the Dial M for Monkey cartoon skits where he appeared as Wrasslor challenging the Earth's heroes to a wrestling competition. Of course the character he voiced had all the classic Macho Man trademarks and his most famous line as well.
Looking back on that era more clearly today, I have to honestly admit though Hogan was the top face of that era, I have to say Savage was the greatest heel and did so much more for the business than the Hulkster. Nobody save for one could work a crowd to either cheer or boo him. The Macho Man always knew what got a crowd fired up. I can honestly say I have more memories of feuds and moments with Savage then of Hogan. The madness will always live on and for what he did for the wrestling industry will always be remembered. R.I.P. Macho Man Randy Savage. OOOOOOOH YEAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!
Though I wrote the bio up at the top and have been posting everyone else's tributes, I haven't been able to bring myself to write one all afternoon. Honestly, I found this news crushing.
The Macho Man has always been a favorite of mine, and in fact his antics on Saturday Night's Main Event are some of my earliest memories of wrestling in general. The Macho Man was an icon of that era, and of wrestling in general. I think back to days when I was a kid, sitting in my parent's bedroom to use the VCR after going to the local video store to rent all the WWF pay per views (there were only a few each year then), watching Savage, fighting Hogan, fighting Steamboat, being the Macho Man, the Macho King, fighting Jake the Snake, marrying Ms. Elizabeth (remember when he got bit by the snake in the wedding gift?), fighting the Ultimate Warrior, doing commentary... I grew up watching this guy, and loved him like a hero.
As I got older, I watched him in WCW, watched him during the NWO era, and always rooted for him, no matter what side he was on, filled with that special connection of loyalty that maybe only professional wrestling fans can understand. When WCW ended, I waited for him to show up in WWF, but he didn't. I found out about his rap album, and I loved it, as cheesy and ridiculous as it is. I know every word to every song. On Newsarama, the message board where most of us in this little community first met, my avatar was of the Macho Man from when I first signed up until I got banned, and when I got them to let me back on from my banning a year later, my avatar was of the Macho Man's head pasted on the body of Jesus.
I felt cheated by the shortness of his run in TNA, and honestly, if anything made me dislike Hulk Hogan a little bit, despite not caring about any of the notorious backstage political antics or company-breaking he was involved with, it was the bad blood he had with the Macho Man.
In the years that Savage has been off TV, I've sent emails to him through his "coming soon" (for like five years) website, and just waited, hoping he would one day be back on a wrestling show in some capacity. (Hey, look at that, the stupid Myspace page I made for him back in 2007 is still up, though the formatting is all screwed up and all the pics and videos are mostly extinct: http://www.myspace.com/thechurchofthemachoman )
The act that he won't be is devastating. It's a loss for his fans and a loss to the wrestling business, and it's to WWE's shame that they didn't recognize his greatness with a Hall of Fame induction while he was alive. In fact, I'm not sure I can forgive them for it.
I take solace in the act that it seems that Randy found happiness towards the end of his life, being remarried. I feel terrible for his wife, who was in the car with him when the accident occurred.
Rest in peace, Macho Man. There may not be a heaven, but I know you're up there in the DANGER ZONE, that's East of the Pacific Ocean, West of London England, South of Mars, and North of Hell, yeah! Dig it!
Fuck, I'm depressed. Teary eyed like a little girl.
About 10 minutes after I got out of bed, my wife was on the internet and told me that Macho Man had died. I was shocked, and sad and it took a moment to let it sink in. He's been out of the spotlight for a long time, but he was always one of my favorite guys and outside of wrestling he's also been very entertaining whether as the spokesman for Slim Jims or as Bonesaw or fighting Monkey the superhero monkey on Dexter's Lab or a random badguy in Bolt or any of the other many many random things he's done. His look, his matches, his style, his gimmick, and above all his voice are among the most iconic of all time, and the world is a lesser place not having him around to continue to entertain us. I will never forget the many many many hours of entertainment he has provided for me and millions of others.
As the tributes roll in, we'll continue to add them.
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror