On Friday morning, the professional wrestler known as “Macho Man” Randy Savage died in a car accident in Florida after apparently suffering a heart attack while driving. He was 58.
For those of you who grew up in the 80s and 90s, or for anyone who watched WWF and WCW wrestling back when it was at the height of its popularity, knew the Macho Man. He was one of pro wrestlers better personalities of his day. I remember, as a 6-year-old, arguing with my then-teenage brothers about who was better: Macho Man, Hulk Hogan or the Ultimate Warrior? My brother Jason and I always went with Hogan, Scott was an Ultimate Warrior guy, but we all had a soft spot for the Macho Man. Probably because he was so damn hard not to like. (Even when all the old WWF guys moved to the WCW and went the heel route with the NWO storyline.)
It’s simply amazing how much of a lasting impression these guys made on people in my age bracket. Â We knew it was fake. We didn’t care. The show was too awesome to care. However, many of those “wrestlers” we used to watch at least once (probably more times) a week, are slowly slipping away far too young. They are paying a heavy price for entertaining us all those years, destroying their bodies with steroids and, in many cases like the Macho Man’s, a lot of cocaine and other drugs.
Rest In Peace Macho Man. You were one of the best.