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'Macho Man' Randy Savage Dies

"Macho Man" Randy Savage died in a car accident Friday morning in Florida. Police said he crashed after suffering a possible "medical event" before the accident. The Jeep Wrangler he was driving veered off the raised concrete median divider, crossed over the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with a tree. Savage (Randy Poffo) was driving with his wife, Lynn, who was not killed in the crash.

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.

2 comments:

  1. I remember this but that last sentence is one you shouldn't admit haha.

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  2. The 2004? Or the college thing? Wrestling was at its best when I was in college.

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