Friday, May 20, 2011
Randall Mario Poffo, better known as professional wrestling legend "Macho Man Randy Savage," died this morning in a car accident following a heart attack in Tampa, Florida. The Macho Man was hands down one of the most recognizable and dynamic stars of the WWF in the 1980s and '90s, then as part of the rival WCW, and later TNA before his retirement in 2005.
I've followed wrestling on and off since I was a kid, but what do you even say about this guy? He really was the sort of character that made watching overgrown men hit each other while wearing tight pants or underwear interesting somehow. The Macho Man character was wildly larger than life, barely making sense at times, waving his arms around, and punctuating every promo aside Mean Gene with an "Ooooh Yeah", like the Kool-Aid Man personified. By now, everyone knows that professional wrestling is a rough gig for the actual participants, but still it always seemed like Randy Savage walked the balance between being aware of the ridiculous nature of the whole thing and total professionalism in giving the audience a great show. What more could anyone ask from the guy?
From Wrestlemania 3, here's one of the greatest pro wrestling matches of all time, Savage vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. Apparently, this was one of the first matches to be extensively choreographed instead of improvised on the fly, with Savage and Steamboat practicing for days to get everything just right, and it really shows.
Randall Mario Poffo, the Macho Man Randy Savage, was 58.