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Farewell Macho Man

macho_300As the wrestling fan on the team, I have the sad duty to eulogize Macho Man Randy Savage. It’s not at all unusual for pro wrestlers to die before their time or even for a guy in his fifties to have a heart attack, but this news hit close to home for a child of the 80s. Macho Man started in the WWF shortly after I began watching wrestling and was probably the first character I had seen get a big introduction on TV. The guy had charisma, in-ring skills to match, and all the top managers in the WWF wanted to work for him, so I certainly thought he was important.  I had no idea the he would become one of the greatest superstars of that era.


Despite being introduced as a bad guy (heel), Savage’s character clicked with me and he was one of my favorite wrestlers by the time he won the Intercontinental Title from Tito Santana. He had several good feuds and a great one with Ricky Steamboat over the next couple years, then was elevated to main event status alongside Hulk Hogan. I had never liked Hogan much, but when Savage turned on him in 1989 so did I. The moment when Macho Man attacked Hogan on Saturday Night’s Main Event is one of the most vivid memories of my entire childhood let alone my time as a wrestling fan. Yeah, I really am a nerd.


Savage would go on to headline a few WrestleManias, be a top star in World Championship Wrestling, be the spokesman for Slim Jim snacks, lend his voice to several cartoons, and play Bone Saw McGraw in the first Spiderman movie. Not too shabby.


RIP, Macho Man.  You were one of the greats.  OOOOHHHHHHH YEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!

By | 2017-03-17T02:54:10+00:00 May 21st, 2011|Categories: Article|Tags: , |5 Comments

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  1. Jeeg February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    The outpouring for the Macho Man has been fascinating and pleasing to me. Even though he was one of the few pro-wrestlers many people would know, I wasn't sure that he ever resonated with the public in the same way as Hulk Hogan or Andre the Giant. Clearly he did and the discussions that have happened over the last few days are testament to his impact as a performer.

  2. Anonymous February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    @CT, Macho Man definitely had a personality that will never be duplicated. He was one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed. – Scott with Slim Jim

  3. Jack February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Good morning, Jeeg. I just wanted to add a few words to your fine work. I have been a pro wrestling fan, once as a small child, when I believed everything I saw was absolutely real, and again during Vince McMahon's WWF "revival" period, during which a stagnant, obsolete, non-sport was brought back from the brink of extinction by a handful of people who should be remembered with Barnum and his peers as the greatest showmen in history. In a field of entertainment, sport or not, where the outrageous is mundane and the guy who holds the performer's jacket is expected to be over the top, Randy stood head and shoulders above them all.

    Just try to name another industry that has been that close to oblivion, and was snatched back and lifted to undreamed of heights THROUGH ITS OWN EFFORTS. Chrysler and the banks don't count; anybody can make a comeback when they're given tractor-trailers full of taxpayer dollars. You can't name one, it doesn't exist. Maybe we should turn the economy over to Vince and his crew; what do we have to lose at this point?

    Anyway, Randy, by virtue of his Slim Jim spots, TV and movie appearances, and a hip-hop album, was known far beyond the ring. He almost single-handedly revived an industry that was in the coffin, and having the makeup applied for the final viewing, and I hope the news services give him credit for being more than a steroid user in a halloween costume, though I fear I am giving our ratings-driven "news" industry too much credit.

    Anyway, rest in peace, Randy. You were loved by millions even when you were trying to be hated, and you will be missed.

    – Jack

  4. Jay Amabile February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    CT is right. If WWE ever wants to dissect their falling ratings they can look back to the golden wrestling era of the '80s and see why. Hogan and Macho Man were the two ultimate stars. Of course there are great ones such as Ric Flair, and Shawn Michaels…but no one will ever compare to the Mega Powers. Perhaps it was the steroids and other drugs they dabbled in that gave them their power, but wasn't Elvis addicted to drugs? Michael Jackson had drugs squirted into him until the day he died. The fact is, they were awesome and Macho Man was one of a kind. I just don't have any faith that there will be another star in WWE ever again of Savages magnitude. He cut promos so easily on his own and he was a born showman. WWE nowadays doesn't let their stars get to that level of popularity unless they have some sort of control over it. The last big stars were The Rock and Austin and as much as I love and respect those guys…they weren't Savage and Hogan. Unfortunately as the years go on I'm sure I'll have to contend with dirtbag kids who don't know shit from shinola about wrestling who claim that The Miz and Randy Orton are the best wrestlers of all time. After all, they boo John Cena who's written as their hero. It's a sad state of affairs. The Sexy Armpit has also done a Savage tribute in case Nerd Lunch wants to stop by for that one. Enjoy your weekend! FREAK OUT FREAK OUT!

  5. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    As I mentioned to you in e-mail yesterday, I have never been a wrestling fan, but I have always gotten a kick out of Macho Man. And not just because he was in Spider-Man. I liked his over-the-top personality even before Spider-Man and was glad that he was the wrestling personality chosen to play the "Crusher Hogan" character (though the name was understandably changed to "Bonesaw McGraw") in the movie.

    Granted, I have had limited exposure to pro-wrestling, but to me, Macho Man's personality epitomized what made that franchise fun.

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