Savage was one wrestling's biggest stars in the 1980's and into the 1990's. When I started watching wrestling as a kid, he was the biggest villain in the sport, feuding with Hulk Hogan. That made him one of my early favorites. I even remember a time at Nassau Coliseum way back when where I snuck past security just as Savage was leaving the arena after a match. By the time I got to the runway, however, he had already made his way to the curtain to go backstage. But, for some reason, Savage saw me and came back to give me a high-five. For a young kid, that was an awesome moment and one I've obviously never forgotten.
Savage's appeal was simple - he was the first true, larger-than-life villain in the WWE, one that had the girl as well, Miss Elizabeth. Anyone who watched wrestling back then has to remember the "million dollar" robes he wore to the ring. He feuded with the most popular man in wrestling at the time, Hulk Hogan, and posed a true threat to actually beating a guy that was deemed unbeatable. That got me into wrestling, something that continued all the way through college.
Savage last appeared in a wrestling ring in 2004 for TNA.