Today the pro wrestling is in mourning when pro wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage has passed away at the age of 58 due to a car accident that stemmed from his heart attack. His vehicle collided with the tree and his new wife, Barbara, was with him. Randy Savage was just celebrating the one-year anniversary with her and was on talking terms with Hulk Hogan for the first time in 10 years of no communication between them. He is the son of Angelo Poffo and brother of Leaping Lanny Poffo. His first wife was his manager, Miss Elizabeth, who passed away in 2003. Angelo Poffo also passed away several years ago.
Randy Savage was born Randall Mario Poffo and played baseball before getting into pro wrestling through his father, Angelo. He wrestled for ICW and Memphis before entering the then World Wrestling Federation in 1985. Savage combined speed and high-flying maneuvers that put him over with the crowd. When he debuted Miss Elizabeth as his manager, his stock would go up. It wasn’t until he won the Intercontinental title from Tito Santana that started his meteor rise in the WWF. One of the best matches he had in the WWF was with Ricky Steamboat in 1987’s WrestleMania in front of 93,000 people as he lost the title to Steamboat and that match stole the night. Then he turned into a good guy when he joined forces with Hulk Hogan and the two with Miss Elizabeth would form the Mega-Powers. WrestleMania 4 was Randy’s night as he went through a tournament to win the WWF World title and would hold it until WrestleMania 5 after he turned on Hulk Hogan and dropped it to him. Savage continued to be on the main events as he feuds with Hogan aligning with Sherri Martel and Zeus from the No Holds Barred movie. Then a feud between Savage and Ultimate Warrior commences that would end in WrestleMania 7 when Warrior would end his pro wrestling career in-ring. This allows Savage to be reunited with Miss Elizabeth and do color commentating until he married Elizabeth as their wedding night was crashed by Jake Roberts that would cause Savage to return to in-ring action against him. Then he would feud with Crush later on. He left the WWE in 1993.
Randy Savage came to WCW in 1994 to join up with Hulk Hogan, Sting, and Lex Luger and helped WCW rival WWF in the 1990’s from 1994-98. He was engaged in feuds with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger, and Kevin Sullivan. In World War 3 of 1995, he won the WCW World title until he lost it to Ric Flair. 1996 saw the arrivals of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash into WCW, who picked Savage, Sting, and Luger to fend them off as it would culminate in WCW’s Bash At The Beach in a 3-on-2 tag team battle that saw the shocking villainous turn of Hulk Hogan, who would form the New World Order with Hall and Nash. This feud would help WCW overtake the WWF in the Monday nights ratings from 1996-98. Randy would eventually the New World Order and went back to solo. He had managers in Madusa, Gorgeous George, and Mona in 1999-2000. Savage left WCW in 2000.
The last thing that Randy did pro wrestling-related was appearing for TNA in 2004-05 when he aided Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles to deal with Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Jeff Jarrett. After that he retired in 2005. Savage was a sponsor for Slim Jim and did numerous commercials for them. He even did a rap album that featured a song about Hulk Hogan. Former TNA wrestler, Jay Lethal, did a tribute gimmick to Savage with Black Machismo that did wonder’s for Jay Lethal’s wrestling career. His movie appearances include the first Spider-Man movie and Ready To Rumble. WWE has put out a DVD devoted to him. Savage’s mark in the pro wrestling industry is cemented and cannot be taken away. He’s now likely bound for WWE’s Hall of Fame posthumously., Macho Man Randy Savage will be missed by his family, friends, and the pro wrestling community. There will never be another like him.