Former wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage, a legend in the world of pro wrestling, died Friday morning as a result of a car accident caused by an apparent heart attack.
Best known as a former wrestler for the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s, Macho Man Randy Savage is believed to have suffered a heart attack while driving in Pinellas County, Fla. on Friday. He lost control of his vehicle, hit a tree and died shortly afterward.
Those of us who were kids in the 80s remember Macho Man Randy Savage as a Saturday morning wrestling staple. The weekend wasn’t complete without Randy Savage’s signature “Ooooh Yeah” and rivalry with Hulk Hogan for the hand of Miss Elizabeth, carried out in the WWF ring.
Every Saturday my brothers would watch the latest developments of the Macho Man saga while imitating the wrestling action on the television. They would argue over who got to be Randy Savage and once the decision was made, would proceed to pummel each other for the length of the show- and sometimes longer. While Macho Man Randy Savage managed to come out of his matches all right most of the time, my brothers weren’t so lucky. They would wrestle until something or someone was broken or injured.
There were bruises, scrapes, the occasional bloody nose, some broken knick knacks and on one memorable occasion the use of my unsuspecting cat as the ‘referee.’ All in the name of Randy Savage and wrestling. But just as in the wrestling matches, no one died.
I mostly stayed out of the way. Except for the time I had to save the cat. Still, I admit I watched the drama right along with my brothers and I have to admit, got just as involved in the Macho Man Randy Savage storyline. What can I say? I was a kid and also thought it was entirely possible that talking alien automobiles existed. So why couldn’t Randy Savage have a chair and table broken over his back, fall on his head and not end up dead? It was a simpler time.
To thousands of 80s kids, Macho Man Randy Savage is considered a former childhood hero and his wrestling matches were must see tv. They owned Macho Man Randy Savage action figures, were proud to wear their Randy Savage t-shirts and never missed a match between Macho Man Randy Savage and his latest rival. The thought that Macho Man Randy Savage could ever do anything so mundane as die of a heart attack while cruising the streets of Florida was unthinkable to those young fans.
But die he did, and it has become a major event for his former fans. In fact, finding out about Randy Savage’s death is just as shocking for these now grown up fans as the day they discovered (gasp) pro wrestling isn’t real. Which was, of course, a sort of death all its own.
Much of the rest of the non wrestling world doesn’t have a clue why Randy Savage’s death is such an event. Until you tell them the “Snap Into a Slim Jim” guy died. Because while not everyone remembers Macho Man as a wrestler, they seem to recall his turn as the purveyor of all things Slim Jim well enough to be at least slightly affected by his death.
Macho Man Randy Savage Fan Trivia:
Randy Savage was a onetime major league baseball prospect.
The Championship match between Macho Man Randy Savage and Hogan on April 2, 1989 was the biggest pay-per-view wrestling event ever. This record stood until 2000.
Mach Man Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth divorced in 1992- so much for true love.
Macho Man Randy Savage’s real name was Randy Poffo.