Macho Sadness

We lost another great one folks.  The cream of the crop, the tower of power, the man of madness, Macho Man Randy Savage is gone but not forgotten.  One of the most colorful, entertaining and talented in ring pro wrestlers is in a better place.  Throughout the 1980s and 90s, Savage was one of the highest regarded performers in his profession.  I didn’t start watching wrestling until I was 12 years old, but even before then I was well aware of who Randy Savage was.  He was as big a personality as anyone and was as much synonymous with wrestling as Hulk Hogan was back in the day.

Randy held several championships throughout his career including the Intercontinental Championship, 2 WWE Championships and multiple WCW World Championships and Tag Team Championships.  He had legendary feuds with Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes and so many others.  His match at WrestleMania III with Steamboat is regarded as one of the greatest wrestling matches in the history of the industry.  Besides wrestling he would often be seen in several commercials for WWE action figures, Slim Jim, and various other products that would display his larger than life persona and make him an even bigger household name.

When the news that he passed on Friday afternoon spread, I was upset he was gone, yet I was also happy to see the outpouring of love and respect from friends and fans alike who grew up with Macho Man.  People put some of his quotes as their status on Facebook, set his picture as their profile pic, and posted several videos of his classic matches and outrageous interviews and promos.  Trust me, there was no one better who could get you fired up and have you imitate them better than Savage.  His work was the stuff of genius and he was a very large part of people’s childhood memories.

Savage joins the long, unfortunate list of wrestlers who have indeed gone too soon.  All I can say is this on behalf of friends and fans alike, we love you and we’ll miss you.  Thanks for the memories.  You are often imitated by millions (including me) but never duplicated.  You truly were a one of a kind force in pop culture and that’s something to be admired.  One last time, the spotlight shines bright on you.  OOOOHHHHH YEAHHHHH!!!!!!   DIG IT!!!!!!