I was extremely saddened yesterday when news hit on Twitter from many of WWE’s current wrestlers that the Macho Man Randy Savage had passed away after suffering from a heart attack whilst driving, causing the car he was in to crash.
Growing up I was a huge fan of Macho Man Randy Savage. I distinctly remember watching WrestleMania VIII for the first time and hitting the floor to count along with the referee whenever Savage attempted to pin Ric Flair to win the World Championship. When he finally won, I was genuinely ecstatic, as one of my favourite wrestlers, and even heroes was finally World Champion. The first PPV I ever watched was SummerSlam 1991 where he married Elizabeth, and to all intents and purposes, outside of my parents, that was actually my first real exposure to any sort of romance. I still remember that amazingly sappy song they played over and over again in the video package they made in the lead up to the event.
I was crushed yesterday to hear about his death, and one of CM Punk’s initial tweets simply stating “Fuck” pretty much summed up how I was feeling. Bret Hart later couldn’t really have put it any better when he said “I have no words to say. This one hits me hard. We lost one of the best.” Randy Savage truly was one of the best professional wrestlers, sports entertainers or whatever else you want to call them. He had an amazingly charismatic character that just drew people in, he delivered a promo so great that few can better it even to this day, but he was also genuinely a great wrestler. His match against Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III is legendary and quite rightfully so.
Even though he hasn’t been properly involved with wrestling for a number of years now, the industry and all of its fans, including myself lost one of the greats yesterday. It’s a shame WWE only ever released a DVD compendium containing all his great matches, but never got around to doing a proper biography release, as any attempt at it now will not include the Macho Man himself. Hopefully he will finally be given the honour of being accepted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the years to come. No other person is more deserving of this accolade. Randy Savage was one of my heroes growing up as a kid, and I am simply shocked at this loss. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and family.
RIP Macho Man.