Friday, May 20, 2011

RIP: Macho Man Randy Savage

Wow what a sad week it has been, first Harmon Killebrew now Macho Man Randy Savage. I know wrestling is not a sport, but I've been a die hard fan of wrestling for years, it's one of the things I grew up with. My first PPV I ever saw was SummerSlam 90 where Macho Man Randy Savage wrestled and defeated the American Dream Dusty Rhodes with a little help from the late Sensational Queen Sherri. Randy Savage was definitely one of my favorite wrestlers growing up, even when he was a heel, he was still cool and though I've seen and have the famous Steamboat-Savage match from Wrestlemania III I wasn't a fan of wrestling at the time so my favorite Savage match was his "retirement match" with the Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VII. The story told in that ring for that match was epic and dramatic and of course the reunification of Savage and Miss Elizabeth is something that will always been remembered in WWE history. In my opinion, Savage transcends pro wrestling in that I think he's one of those guys that non wrestling fans know. Who can forget him being a spokesman for Slim Jim's and his commercials and his trademark "Ohhhhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhhh". He even had a small role in the original Spiderman. The real sad part of it all, is that we never got to see Savage back in a WWE ring. He hadn't been back for whatever reasons (and there are plenty of rumors that I won't get in to surrounding that) since he left in 94 and even though the WWE looked like they were started to recognize his achievements by releasing a DVD of him and also including him in the latest video game WWE All Stars, we never got that one moment of him making his glorious return to Raw. Being a wrestling fan, sadly these deaths are nothing new, a lot of the guys I grew up watching, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Dino Bravo, The British Bulldog, Earthquake, and I can go on and on have tragically passed away at very young ages. It's sad to pop in a DVD of say Summerslam 91 and see that a good portion of the roster is no longer with us today. Rest in peace Macho Man, and thanks for the memories. You will be missed.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this. I wanted to post something, but I'm out of town this weekend. This one hit hard because he is another piece of my childhood gone. RIP Macho Man! Ooooohhh Yeahhhh!

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  2. Exactly how I feel William, even though I didn't personally know him, he was still part of my childhood and it always hurt to lose something that you fondly remember.

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