So most everyone has already heard the news that Randy Poffo aka Randy Savage has passed away but I was not prepared for the national attention the story is receiving (even being reported on ESPN for example). As a long time wrestling fan I’ve become desensitized to the all too familiar, all too soon deaths of some of my childhood superstars (JYD, Davey Boy, Mr. Perfect, Rick Rude, Bossman, Elizabeth, Earthquake, Bam Bam Bigelow, Hercules, Andre, Owen Hart, Hawk, the list goes on and on and on…) and always expect the worst of the worst. So when I heard that Randy had passed I callously have to say that I wasn’t shocked, stunned and saddened yes but not shocked. Thankfully it appears that there were no alcohol or drugs involved in the heart attack/car accident that lead to the demise of one of the greatest wrestlers/entertainers we have ever seen.
I became a fan of pro wrestling sometime around 1986, my memory is a bit hazy on the details but it was after WrestleMania 2 and before III. Savage was the IC champ at the time and was definitely a heel. Yet somehow, in an era where little kids didn’t cheer the heels, I found myself drawn to the Macho Man. Then Wrestlemania III rolled around and even at a young age I knew that I had just seen the greatest match ever when Savage and Steamboat tore down the Silverdome. I remember being a little upset that the Macho Man lost the title. So it was with gladness that I watched his face turn over the next year, the uniting of the mega powers and eventual ascension to world title status in an era when that was a big deal.
My fandom for wrestling has come and gone over the years but Macho Man has always been my favorite. Others will do a better job chronicling his career in ways that I can’t. I will always be a little saddened that Macho couldn’t come back to soak in one last round of glory and give us a few more ooooooohhhh yeaah’s for old times sakes.
Macho gave us some of the greatest in ring work ever and was involved in some of the greatest angles. But in memory of the man, the myth, the legend, I’d like to take a look back at some of the greatest promo work the world has ever seen. His chemistry with Mean Gene was just off the charts back in the 80’s & 90’s. Sure these promos may seem hilarious and slightly insane now but you have to realize that Macho was a man of his own and we will never see anything like him ever again. Riding on the edge of a lightning bolt indeed.