The “Macho Man” Randy Savage, whose real name is Randall Mario Poffo, is considered one of the most influential in-ring performers of all-time in the professional wrestling business; from his overall talent to his wildly bright outfits to one of the best catchphrases of all-time “Oooooh Yeeeah”. His combination of flare, charisma, in-ring ability and the portrayal of an outstanding character puts him in the upper echelon of wrestlers to step foot in the squared circle; however, his feet will never touch the mat ever again.
Poffo passed away today at the age of 58 in a car accident in Seminole, Florida. A Florida Highway Patrol crash report stated that the former professional wrestler was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he lost control, crashing into a tree around 9:25am this morning. A medical autopsy has not yet been conducted, but reports state that Poffo may have suffered a heart attack while at the wheel. Barbara Poffo, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) legend’s wife was also involved in the accident. She was admitted to hospital with minor injuries.
The two-time WWF world heavyweight champion will be remembered for some of the greatest wrestling contests and feuds in the history of pro wrestling; one being the incredible bout involving Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat for the Intercontinental Title at Wrestlemania III. In that match the two competitors were at the top of their games, battling each other so hard that Steamboat had his larynx crushed.
Another incredible feud involved his manager and real-life spouse at the time Miss Elizabeth, real name Elizabeth Hulette, and Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan. Savage and Hogan joined forces as the Mega Powers after Hogan saved him from a brutal beat down at the hands of The Hart Foundation and Honky Tonk Man. Savage would then win the vacant WWF title thanks to help from Hogan once again, defeating Ted DiBiase in a tournament for the title at Wrestlemania IV. The Mega Powers were the biggest thing in the wrestling business at the time. Savage would use the momentum of the Mega Powers to hold the title for an astonishing 371-day period, a length that is unheard of in this day and age. The duo known as the Mega Powers would eventually be destroyed as Savage and Hogan would develop an outstanding jealously storyline involving Miss Elizabeth after Hogan took her on as a manager as well. This would lead to a feud between the two superstars culminating in a Steel Cage match featuring Savage and partner Zeus (actor Tommy “Tiny” Lister) facing Hogan and partner Brutas Beefcake. The match and event were used as promotion for Hogan’s film No Holds Barred.
Some casual wrestling fans or people not interested in the sport might know Savage more for his Slim Jim advertisements where he made the phrase “Snap into a Slim Jim, Ooooh Yeah” famous. The phrase is still commonly used today and will forever be attached to Randy Savage.
Upon learning of Savage’s death many wrestlers including Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho and Hulk Hogan all expressed sympathetic words. Michaels had the following to say: “Chris Jericho just texted me the news. We’ve lost one of the greats! Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Randy Savage.”
The same report has a quote from Hogan “I’m completely devastated. After 10 years of not talking with Randy, we’ve finally started to talk and communicate. He had so much life in his eyes and his spirit, I just pray he’s happy and is in a better place and we miss him. We miss him a lot. I feel horrible about the 10 years of having no communication. This was a tough one.”
Jericho stated the following on his Twitter account: “Randy Savage was a true influence and inspiration to me and taught me some very important lessons, in and out of the ring. Rest in peace Mach”
The loss is a huge one for the pro wrestling world and for fans of the sport everywhere; a legend has passed on and surely he will never be forgotten thanks to his outstanding ability to captivate an audience with his amazing ability to bring wrestling to new heights. I will always remember the “Macho Man” leaping from that top rope, delivering his patented flying elbow drop. Here’s hoping you will too.
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