Friday, May 20, 2011

Randy "Macho Man" Savage has died

Pro-wrestling legend Randy Savage (born Randall Mario Poffo) is dead. He suffered a heart-attack while driving, lost control of his car, and ultimately died from injuries sustained in the subsequent crash. His wife, traveling with him, survived with only minor injuries.

He was "only" 58 years old, which is comparatively young for most people but, tragically, not so for men in his particular profession; who routinely put their bodies through incredible amounts of punishment in their "prime." If I remembered offhand what his "greatest" match was, I'd try to find a clip and post it - anybody recall?

UPDATED: By popular consensus, Macho Man vs. Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania 3:

17 comments:

Ryan said...

Definitely his match with Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania 3. Might be one of the best matches ANYONE's had.

William said...

Bob, there's two matches that come to mind. His incredible Intercontinental Title contest with Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III and the highly emotional match with the Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VII. Both (in different ways) show off how damn good Savage was in the ring, and either would be a great tribute to him.

Adam said...

Well that just sucks. I've never watched a professional wrestling match in my life but even I knew who he was. As dramaticized as it is it's incredible what those wrestlers put themselves through.

Patman_Forever_51 said...

Snapping into a Slim Jim in his memory. RIP Randy Savage, you will be missed.

PS- His matches with Steamboat and Warrior are probably his best, I'd also suggest his Wrestlemania V match with Hulk Hogan and his Wrestlemania VII match with Ric Flair.

Dmitry said...

RIP Macho Man.

You could embed his fight against Andre The Giant. A combat of two stars from Wrestling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI4WwmsgmNc

JuggaloX13 said...

I say Steamboat Vs. Macho @ WM3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv3OBWwxX_0

Smashmatt202 said...

Oh geez, how awful! Even though I don't watch wrestling, I definitely know who Randy Savage is!

Sssonic said...

Not being a particularly big wrestling fan, this is the first match that comes to mind:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1HM1kpMHec

There's also this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JsdDCq1-I8

Some may feel these suggestions are disrespectful, but truth be told, I think they're fine examples of what made Mr. Savage such a perfect wrestler: he has a highly charismatic style and an excellent voice for it.

Rest in peace, sir.

Kyle said...

He was "Bone Saw" in the first Spiderman movie. He brought genuine credibility to that scene.

Spiderman was dealing with a pro.

TheDVDGrouch said...

I was never that big a wrestling fan but I still loved Macho Man. From his Slim Jim Commercials to his role in Spider-man and especially his voice acting as character's in Dexters Lab & King Of The Hill. He will truly be missed.

Reverend Allan Ironside said...

NOOOOOOO! Growing up in the era of Hulkamania, for me there was always only two men in the world: Hulk Hogan and Macho Man. Macho was simply the most unique person to ever set foot in the ring and a great wrestler to boot.

This is a sad, sad day for me.

Blue Highwind said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! This guy was my favorite wrestler to impersonate. Hell, he's the only wrestler I impersonated. I don't even like wrestling and this is a tragedy for me.

Ezenwa said...

He has to be one of the most prolific wrestlers in history to not be inducted in WWE's Hall of Fame.

That said, I'm deeply saddened by the tragedy. He will be missed greatly to me.

In all honesty, he has to be the only wrestler other than Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold that is synonymous with professional wrestling

MovieBob said...

@Ezenwa

I'd add The Undertaker to that list. I'm not necessarily a "fan," but he's been a remarkably gifted and consistent worker for a LONG time, and was more or less THE face of the WWE in between the Hogan and Rock/Stone Cold eras.

WilhelmVonHaig said...

This is what I hope is happening now.
http://i.imgur.com/aPuz5.jpg Let his memory live on forever.

Nick said...

@Wilhelm: So THAT'S why the Rapture didn't happen... I was wondering.

Ezenwa said...

@MovieBob

I knew I was forgetting someone. I always seem to leave the Undertaker out of convos, probably because he's still going.