Remembering the Macho Man

Posted: May 23, 2011 in Celebrity, Commentary, Professional Wrestling, Sports, TV, WWE
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By Todd Matthy

By now the news has broken, but I still cannot believe it. “Macho Man” Randy Savage is dead.

“Macho Man” Randy Savage was one of my heroes growing up. He was my favorite. I had his toys, videos, the wrestling buddy, anything with “Macho Madness” emblazed upon it. My mother even made me a cape just like his. I perfected (in my opinion) an impression of him. I would even do the flying elbow off the diving board at my local pool.

I think it was a combination of his gravelly voice, colorful ring attire, manic promos, and furious offense that drew me to him. My first real memory of the Macho Man was when he lost the WWF Championship to Hulk Hogan at “Wrestlemania V.” Even though he lost, I was infected with Macho Madness and would watch wrestling every week to see him. That Christmas, I got a copy of “Wrestlemania IV” on video. It was the night where he beat FOUR men to win the WWF Championship in a tournament that included Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and Ted DiBiase. I got caught up on his relationship with Miss Elizabeth through the video store and watched every week as Randy challenged Hulk Hogan and made mincemeat out of the likes of Jim Duggan, Jimmy Snuka, and Dusty Rhodes. I remember when he lost the retirement match to the Ultimate Warrior and his manager at time, Sensational Sherri attacking him afterwards, then out of the audience came Miss Elizabeth and the two embraced each other to the joy of the entire audience. Although, his career was supposedly “over” I knew Macho Man would be back and low and behold he was with a story that culminated in Madison Square Garden with his wedding to Elizabeth. The happy ending was short lived thanks to Jake “the Snake” Roberts, leading to Savage’s reinstatement and a brutal war between the two. From there came the feud with Ric Flair and a second run with the WWF title. A lot of memories and I haven’t even gotten to WCW yet, where he had another run with Flair and a legendary feud that made a star out of Diamond Dallas Page.

“Macho Man” Randy Savage is the greatest of all time. Everyone he worked with he made look good. He flawlessly changed from face to heel without changing his personality at all.  It was his opponents who were different.  Randy had a great mind for wrestling. He would work with and practice his big matches to the point where the moves were instinctual, then go out and steal the show with some of the most memorable matches ever. Don’t believe me, watch his “Wrestlemania” matches with Ric Flair, the Ultimate Warrior, and of course Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, one of the greatest matches of all time. Savage’s promos could be both threatening and funny, whether cutting an intense promo or participating in a skit, you paid attention to Randy Savage. This skill allowed Randy to transcend wrestling and become a star in the mainstream. In addition to a great voice-acting career, “Macho Man” had a memorable part in “Spider-Man” as Bonesaw McGraw. A scene that was immortalized by Alex Ross in a painting during the opening of “Spider-Man 2.” And who can forget those Slim Jim commercials. It was because of the “Macho Man” that I tried Slim Jims.  “Macho Man” was one of a kind, someone who cannot and never will be duplicated.  People can try but they will fail because there was and will always be one Randy Savage. Farewell Randy “Macho Man” Savage, you will live forever in our memories and the hearts of your friends, family, and fans.

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