The WWE & Wrestling world says goodbye to a legend – Macho Man Randy Savage died today. TMZ, who reported on his death first, reported that Savage suffered a heart attack around 10:00 AM while driving on a highway in Seminole, Florida, (a Tampa Bay suburb) before losing control of the vehicle and crashing. This report was later confirmed by Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Savage was driving a 2009 Jeep Wrangler when he “veered across a concrete median … through oncoming traffic … and collided head-on with a tree”. His wife Lynn was a passenger, but she survived with “minor injuries”. According to officials, both were wearing their seat belts at the time.
Born Randall Mario Poffo to an Italian-American father & a Jewish mother, became famous throughout the world for his stints with the WWE (then known as the WWF), WCW and a brief time with TNA. Savage held twenty championships during his professional wrestling career and is a seven-time world champion: a two-time WWF Champion, four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and one-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion. Also a one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, WWE has named Savage the greatest Intercontinental champion of all time and credited him for bringing “a higher level of credibility to the title through his amazing in-ring performances. He was also the 1987 King of the Ring winner.
For much of his tenures in the WWF and WCW, he was managed by his real life wife, “Miss Elizabeth” Hulette. Savage was also recognizable for his raspy voice, his colourful ring attire (robes, sunglasses, bandana & cowboys hats), intensity and exaggerated way of speaking, punctuating his interviews with “oooh yeah!”. He was an entertainer and a crowd puller. His feuds with Ric Flair, Jake The Snake Roberts and Hulk Hogan are legendary but his crowning moment was a fantastic match which he lost to Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VII (1991). I remember that match as being one of the very best I have ever seen.
Randy, we will all miss you. Rest in Peace.
Randall Mario Poffo aka Macho Man Randy Savage (November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011)