“Macho Man” Randy Savage, one of pro wrestling’s most memorable figures and an icon of pop culture, died this morning in a car accident. Savage was behind the wheel when he reportedly suffered a heart attack, causing him to veer off the road and collide with a tree. He was 58.
Although I was never much of a pro wrestling fan growing up, Macho Man‘s reach and popularity were inescapable. With Leather’s Brandon Stroud has much better words for this:
The importance of Savage as a performer can’t be overstated. He was simply one of the greatest and most memorable pro wrestlers in the history of the industry. His career began in 1973 and took him through the two biggest boom periods in pro wrestling popularity, first in the “Rock n’ Wrestling” WWF of the 1980s and then as a part of World Championship Wrestling and the nWo in the 1990s. He was in cartoons, wrestled Peter Parker, held a heavyweight championship wherever he went and participated in the consensus choice for the greatest match of all time against Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat in front of every imaginable wrestling fan at Wrestlemania III.
You can’t just toss a guy like this into a recap paragraph. Savage is a pillar of nearly all of our wrestling memories, be it on Saturday mornings or Monday nights or in pillow form. Slim Jims, neon hats, raspy voices, marriage proposals … they are all indelibly marked by the Macho Man. Heaven saw somebody corpsing and sent for The Man.
Indeed. It really is a sad day for anyone with a love of pop culture. As Ron Swanson might say, “Half mast is too high.”
Following pages: a humble tribute to the Macho Man.
Because I wasn’t a pro wrestling fan, this was the moment he won me over. The way he said “ART THOU BORED?” remains one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.
Miss Elizabeth’s response? “OHHHHH YEAHHHHH.”
For the last several months, I’ve been following Where’s Randy Savage? on tumblr, a blog that Photoshops the Macho Man into various different scenarios. Here’s my submission for today.