According to TMZ, "Macho Man" Randy Savage has been killed in a car accident in Tampa, Florida. He was 58.
OT: Macho Man Randy Savage dead at 58
I literally just ate a Slim Jim.
That's sad, though. It's hard to believe he was 58.
... is dead?
There was that whole ugly Lex Luger thing...Google it...sad story.
It's no wonder he wrestled under "Lex Luger".
Lex is a friend of mine, he's a great guy... Probably one of the nicest guys i've ever met... That being said, his ring name came from the fact he has German ancestory (Lugar the gun type) and he really likes Superman so he took the first name from Lex Luther.. True story.
Just meant looking up the Elizabeth story, I can see why he came up with it, because I'm not sure "The Flying Pfohl" would have sounded as intimidating.
Damn this one hurts....he was my favorite.
Whenever i heard him talk (yell?) i always thought "now there's a guy whose underwear is too tight"
You'll be missed Macho Man...one of a kind.
If you haven't heard his album "Be A Man," you should give it a listen. It's rap/hip hop style, and it's almost exactly what you would expect.
Give it a listen here http://grooveshark.com/#/album/Be+A+Man/442983?src=5
Who is he?
Where's my folding chair?
I was a kid. Wrestling was SO much more entertaining in his time
between wrestling now and wrestling then is the fact that now you can spot things that suck.
Macho Man will be missed...being 10 years old and watching that guy was fun
I used to like wrestling back in the day with Macho Man, Hogan, Junk Yard Dog, etc.
Picture in picture...?
The pink leopard-spot male bikini-brief underwear industry will never be the same.
And I suppose the same could be said about the plastic window-blind sunglasses sector as well.
Arrividerci, Bone Saw McGraw...
this is a sad day. RIP Macho Man
Just fantastic - true artists the both of them!
There I said it and I won't take it back
Given the source material and the product, I don't think that's a bad thing at all.
RIP Macho Man.
Is that him? If so, he still had that crazy stare right to the end.
is Paul Bearer in charge of the funeral arrangements?
No, the Undertaker is.
THe guys vocal chords must have been totally trashed.
Sweet sunglasses Randy. Always.
He had the strongest pinky finger in the world!
What? I was young!
...and was awesome, this guy was at the very heart of it. And I, as a kid, ate it all up. Still remember those awesome Saturday nights where SNL would be preempted by Saturday Night's Main Event.
Macho Man vs. Ricky The Dragon Steamboat in Wrestlemania III was about as good as wrestling ever got.
and true story... when Steamboat got his larynx crushed by the bell, he was actually supposed to win the WM3 match AND go on a long run as intercontinental champ to build him up as a main eventer. With the injury and Steambaot wanting time off to be with his wife and newborn, and Macho becoming a Hogan foil, McMahon made the decision to force Steamboat to drop the title just a few months after WM3 and give it to the Honky Tonk Man, who then went on a still record 454 day long run as IC champ before he gave way to the Ultimate Warrior.
If memory serves, I actually saw Savage vs. Honky for the IC title at a live event in Dayton's Hara Arena, right before Thanksgiving in either 1986 or 1987. Can't quite recall.
Does anyone remember that before he joined the family business (rasslin'), Randy Poffo (aka Macho Man) was a minor league teammate of ex-Tiger Larry Herndon in the Cardinals' system? Rumor ws that Macho Man was one crazy dude and that Herndon had some hilarious stories...
Macho Man was actually born in...Columbus.
Played in the Cincinnati Reds' minor league organization as well.
ESPN Page 2 talked with Larry Herndon, who was Poffo's roommate in the minor leagues. Nothing too indepth, though he does tell how Poffo used to swing his baseball bat at a hanging car tire as a training exercise and Herndon adopted it and still uses it today.
I saw him go off the turnbuckle at Wrestlemania III. Good times. Good times.
Damn, this sucks. He was a legend and one of my favorites. RIP Macho Man!
Wow. That just fucked my day up. What's sad is that to millions of kids that grew up in the 80's, these guys were literally and figuratively larger than life. They were heroes to a lot of us, and you don't imagine things like that happening to your heroes, no matter how old you become. It's also sad that he is yet another wrestler that has gone on to that big ring in the sky. RIP good sir.
I had Macho Man and Ultimate Warrior wrestling buddies.
If you like pro wrestling...
White by chance. Trash by choice.
As long as I live, forget the day when Hulk Hogan joined the NWO, and turned on Macho Man. I remember watching that at 12 years old, and my innocence being taken away. That may sound funny, but I really think a lot of other kids felt the same way, it was a shock to the system.
This is sad I loved watching him wrestle. He was awsome !
Savage (Poffo) played minor league baseball also: http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=poffo-001ran
Now, because of your link, I learn that he was born in HELL aka CBus.
Not a good omen on the day of his death, poor guy.
He's delivering the best damn top rope elbow drops heaven's ever seen right now.
I'm sure he's having epic matches with Brian Pillman and Owen Hart in that great big ring in the sky. RIP Macho Man.
A undertaker just asked a gravedigger 'Can you dig it?'...
RIP Macho Man, and thanks for inspiring so many flying elbows off the couch as a kid.
Macho man could not have been inducted into the Hall of Fame while he was still with us.
Sad to see him go. A great performer, and one of the lasting memories from my original love of professional wrestling. His "Jealous Eyes" comment toward Hogan nearly made me hate Hogan, and that is huge for an 8-year-old.
When Lanny and Randy Poffo were hired jointly by the then-WWF, they were seen as equals by the wrestling fan community and the magazines that "stayed kayfabe." The WWE, of course, requires a steroid-built body even while giving "random tests" for drugs. Randy, who of course went by the name "Savage," went with the "requirements" while Lanny stayed natural.
Consequently, Randy was a multi-time WWF champion, holding every belt in the company at one time or another. He was in many of the angles that defined the 1980's pro wrestling boom. Meanwhile, Lanny got stuck being "The Genius," and would eventually quit first the WWE and then wrestling altogether to write children's books. Lanny also co-owns a gym in Florida. I used to talk to him often in a health food store, and didn't know who he was for a long time because his appearance has changed. Lanny is a lot wider and a lot more muscular now than he was, but he does it clean, is extremely into health, and looks twenty years younger than his brother did.
In the long term, Randy got the "better deal." But all it got him was an early death. Lanny will probably live another thirty years.
Why do I think this is relevant? Because pro wrestlers die even faster than ex-pro football players. They are often on the road 300 days a year. They are encouraged to take steroids and then get addicted to painkillers, or drugs that do both like GHB. If you don't "work through injuries," they replace you with someone who will.
Also, they get absolutely no health insurance unless they buy it themselves. When they get hurt, the are encouraged to take a "settlement." If they don't, they don't get hired anywhere ever again.
Most hardcore fans could see this coming, but it doesn't make it hurt any less. Randy "Savage" Poffo gave everything he had to the sport, and eventually sacrificed twenty or thirty years of lifespan for it.
Here is one of the best lists of wrestlers who died before 65. There are a lot who died before 50. It was written awhile ago and is no longer complete, but it is a bit of an eye-opener. The second bit is the ten worst tragedies in the "sport."
RIP Randy Poffo
Was my all time favorite, such a sad story
You were one of the few that transcended the sport.
FTR- I know it is not truly a sport, but what they do is surely more difficult and athletic than some sports.