Anyone who grew up in the 80’s or the 90’s had to deal with some tough news on Friday. Arguably one of the greatest professional wrestlers there ever was and one of the most famous men of the two decades, the Macho Man Randy Savage passed away on Friday.
Early Friday morning, Randy Savage and his wife were driving when Savage suffered a reported heart attack. Savage, who was driving, proceeded to lose control of the 2009 Jeep Wrangler he was driving. The car then went over the median on the Florida road and collided with a tree.
Savage, whose real name is actually Randy Poffo, was driving on State Route 694 near 113th Street North of Pinellas County in Florida.
Savage’s wife, Lynn, came out with minor injuries according to TMZ.
Savage was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was 58-years-old and had just celebrated his one year wedding anniversary with his wife.
WWE released a statement about the incident. It read, “WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest Superstars of his time, Randy Poffo, aka Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Poffo was under contract with WWE from 1985 to 1993 and held both the WWE and Intercontinental Championships. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. We wish a speedy recovery to his wife Lynn. Poffo will be greatly missed by WWE and his fans.”
Savage’s decision to go into professional wrestling came after not being very successful in professional baseball. Savage’s father was Angelo Poffo, a famous wrestler of the 50’s and 60’s. His brother Lanny was also a successful wrestler and was one of the first wrestlers to bring the high-flying style to the United States.
Savage’s career is highlighted by his time spent in the WWE and the WCW.
In total, Savage was a six-time World Champion. He was the World Wrestling Federation Champion two times and the World Championship Wrestling Champion four times. He was also a one time Intercontinental Champion in the WWE. He was arguably the greatest Intercontinental Champion in history.
Savage had notable feuds in the WWE with the likes of Hulk Hogan, George “The Animal” Steele, Bruno Sammartino, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, The Ultimate Warrior, The Honky Tonk Man, Ric Flair, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. Savage headlined numerous WrestleMania’s with Hogan, Flair, and Steamboat. Savage’s Intercontinental Title match with Steamboat at WrestleMania III is widely considered one of the greatest matches of all time. Savage would also form alliances with Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior.
His time in the WWE was also highlighted by his energetic interviews and his relationship with Miss Elizabeth, whom he was married to in real life.
His time in WCW was filled with feuds with Flair, Hogan, Sting, Roddy Piper, Diamond Dallas Page, and Kevin Nash. His involvement in the nWo with the likes of Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Sting, Lex Luger, Buff Bagwell, and numerous others is also that of wrestling greatness.
Savage would also appear in TNA Wrestling.
His acting career included appearances in “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Baywatch,” “Spiderman,” and “Ready to Rumble.”
Savage also released a rap album in late 2003 entitled “Be a Man.”
All over the world, whether they loved him or loved to hate him, wrestling fans are mourning the loss of the great Macho Man Randy Savage.