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R.I.P. - Macho Man Randy Savage

Postby Nice Marmot on Fri May 20, 2011 1:46 pm

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Macho Man Randy Savage dies in car accident at 58: Wrestler suffered heart attack behind the wheel

BY Larry Mcshane
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Friday, May 20th 2011, 12:15 PM

All-time wrestling great Randy "Macho Man" Savage died in a Florida car wreck Friday after suffering a heart attack behind the wheel, according to TMZ.com.

The 58-year-old Savage, a one-time minor league baseball player who helped catapult Vince McMahon's WWF into a huge success during the mid-'80s, was killed in Tampa, said his brother, fellow ex-grappler Lanny Poffo.

The car veered out of control about 10 a.m. after Savage's heart attack, Poffo told TMZ.

Savage used his rippling physique and trade cry of "Oooooh yeaaaaah!" to become one of the wrestling world's biggest draws, teaming with Hulk Hogan at one point before their "partnership" went south.

Savage, in addition to his time with the WWF, wrestled for Ted Turner's WCW before retiring in 1999.

He made a cameo appearance in the box office hit "Spider-Man," but kept a relatively low profile after leaving the ring.

He had just celebrated his first anniversary with his new wife, Lynn. A previous Savage wife, wrestling manager Elizabeth Heulette, died in 2003 from a lethal combination of drugs and booze.
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Re: R.I.P. - Macho Man Randy Savage

Postby Nachokoolaid on Fri May 20, 2011 9:45 pm

Macho Man was a really great wrestler and entertainer. I always enjoyed him. I wish he would have wrestled a bit longer. I thought he still had a bunch in the tank when he gave it up. It was great to see him back in Spiderman. RIP.
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Postby TheButcher on Fri May 20, 2011 10:44 pm

This news sucks!
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Re: R.I.P. - Macho Man Randy Savage

Postby TheButcher on Sat May 21, 2011 7:32 pm

Wrestlemania 3 Promo:


Savage a wrestling legend in ring and out
Dave Meltzer wrote:Randy “Macho Man” Savage, a pro wrestling icon whose fame reached far past the wrestling ring as a television pitchman with the phrase, “Snap into a Slim Jim, oooh yeah,” died on Friday morning in Pinellas County, Fla., after reportedly suffering a heart attack while driving, leading to an auto accident.

Savage, born Randall Mario Poffo, was 58. While perhaps best known for his pro wrestling battles as Hulk Hogan’s major storyline rival in the late 1980s, Savage was also an actor and a one-time major league baseball prospect.

Lanny Poffo, his brother and also a former pro wrestler under the handle “Leaping” Lanny Poffo, told TMZ.com that Savage suffered a heart attack behind the wheel while driving a 2009 Jeep Wrangler.

The Seminole fire department responded to the scene to provide medical care, and he was transported to Largo Memorial Hospital, where he died at 9:25 a.m. The incident remains under investigation and an autopsy will be performed over the weekend.

Savage’s wife, Barbara Lynn Poffo, who he had known from his days as a minor league baseball player in Florida, long before he met his famous first wife, Elizabeth Hulette, was also in the car. She suffered minor injuries.

Savage was best known in wrestling for a storyline that serves as a fond childhood memory to this day for wrestling fans, both lapsed and current.

It was a one-year plot which started at WrestleMania IV in 1988, in Atlantic City, N.J., when Hogan, who was taking time off wrestling for a movie role in real life, helped Savage “win” the finals of a tournament for the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) championship, beating “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.

During the postmatch celebration, Savage gave Hogan a glare as Hogan was celebrating too closely with “The Lovely Elizabeth,” Savage’s real-life wife. The WWF teased tension between the two, who remained tag-team partners, throughout 1988 and into the following year.

It climaxed on a live NBC prime time TV special on Feb. 3, 1989, as Savage exploded with jealousy on a live NBC special and blamed Hogan for accidentally “injuring” Elizabeth, leading to the end of the team and a full-on rivalry in which Elizabeth sided with Hogan. The match drew a 9.7 Nielsen rating.

This led to an encounter at WrestleMania V, on April 2, 1989, also in Atlantic City, where Hogan defeated Savage and won the championship. At the time, it was the biggest pay-per-view wrestling event ever, doing more than 760,000 buys, a record that would stand until 2000, with the onset of the “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson era.

While Hulette and Savage had been married since 1984, a year before Savage joined the WWF, in 1991, the WWF promoted a storyline reconciliation between the two moments after Savage had lost a “retirement” match to “The Ultimate Warrior” at WrestleMania VII in Los Angeles. A storyline wedding between the two was held on PPV in Madison Square Garden a few months later.

But shortly after that mock wedding, the couple separated in real life and Elizabeth left the wrestling business for many years. They officially divorced in late 1992.

Hulette died on May 1, 2003, at the age of 42, while living in an Atlanta suburb with wrestling star Larry “Lex Luger” Pfohl, of an accidental overdose from a combination of drugs.

Savage’s other most famous match during wrestling’s 1980s golden era was on March 29, 1987, at WrestleMania III, before a then-pro wrestling record crowd of 78,000 at the Pontiac, Mich., Silverdome. While Hogan vs. Andre the Giant was the main event, Savage’s match with Ricky Steamboat over the Intercontinental title was generally considered the best WWF match of that era, a fast-paced, back-and-forth battle won by Steamboat.

From the late 1970s until the early ’90s, Savage was considered one of the great in-ring workers in the business. In his prime, he was a quick and fearless daredevil known for his intensity, which bordered on scary at times. His unique interviews were among the most recognizable in the industry, imitated by people in and out of wrestling to this day.

However, his national fame didn’t come until 1985 with WWF because his family ran a renegade wrestling promotion based out of Kentucky and were unofficially blacklisted from the mainstream of the industry for several years.

“I remember in 1980 when we were talking about new talent in St. Louis, and [promoter] Pat O’Connor told me, the best young talent in the business is Randy Savage, but we can’t use him,” remembered Larry Matysik, a longtime wrestling announcer and promoter out of St. Louis. Savage and his family sued the then-dominant National Wrestling Alliance at one point, claiming restraint of trade, but the case never went to trial as many of the key witnesses on the Poffo family side were hired away by NWA promoters.

In his early 40s, Savage was being phased out of in-ring competition by WWF promoter Vince McMahon Jr., and in 1994, he signed with rival World Championship Wrestling, following the lead of Hogan, who had signed there a few months earlier.

He was back in the ring as one of the major stars in that organization through 1999, including a period from the spring of 1996 through the spring of 1998 when it was the wrestling business’ leading promotion. By that point Savage had suffered a number of serious injuries from his years of high-flying, physical wrestling style. When his contract expired and the company, bleeding money by that time, didn’t offer him similar money for a new deal, he opted to leave the company.

Savage was intense and driven in everything he did. He played minor league baseball from 1971-74 in the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox farm systems. He wrestled during the offseason, often under a mask to hide his identity from his baseball employers, but sometimes under his real name, as part of a family unit with his father, Angelo, and brother Lanny.

An outfielder, after he blew out his right shoulder, making him unable to throw with any force, he taught himself to throw left-handed in an attempt to continue his career.

“I saw his tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971,” remembered Matysik. “Man, he could hit. He was a little squirt, I don’t think he was more than 165 pounds at the time.”

He batted .232 with nine home runs and 66 RBIs in his final season of pro ball, with Tampa of the Class-A Florida State League, before turning his attention full time to wrestling.

Savage also appeared as an actor in a number of television shows, often playing himself. His best known role, of course, was as the legendary Slim Jim pitchman, but he also played the role of wrestler Bonesaw McGraw in the 2002 “Spider-Man” movie.

World Wrestling Entertainment released an official statement on Friday afternoon.

“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.”

The end of Savage’s wrestling career was unique. He was scheduled to appear in the main event of a pay-per-view show put on by the group Total Nonstop Action on January 16, 2005, against Jeff Jarrett.

“I hadn’t seen him since the TNA show,” remembered Dusty Rhodes, one of wrestling’s biggest stars of the 1970s and 1980s, who had done a WrestleMania match with Savage almost 15 years earlier. “The last words he said to me, five minutes before the PPV, was, ‘I can’t do this. I don’t want people to see me looking like this.’ Jerry [Jarrett, a TNA company co-owner] called [event producer] Keith Mitchell in, and I said, ‘Change the main event. I said to him, ‘Randy, just go home. It’s okay with me.’ That’s the last words he said to me.” Rhodes, who lived a 20-minute drive from Savage, never saw him again, and compared Savage of the past five years to notorious recluse Howard Hughes.

“I could see it in his eyes … he just didn’t want to do it,” said Rhodes, whose real name is Virgil Runnels. “Obviously, he was financially set. Out of all of us from that era, [Ric] Flair, Hogan, Andre, myself, how many of us walked away. One.”

For more on the death of Randy Savage, go to The Wrestling Observer online.
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Re: R.I.P. - Macho Man Randy Savage

Postby Nachokoolaid on Sun May 22, 2011 1:55 pm

Everyone was so scared of the Rapture, for good reason. It was really going to happen. However, Jesus forgot one thing though...

Randy Savage knew that death was the only way to save mankind:




THE FLYING ELBOW DROP!!!

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1...2...3.. RAPTURE AVERTED. OHHHH YEEEEEAHHHHH!!!
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Postby TheButcher on Tue May 24, 2011 11:03 pm

An extraordinary tribute to "Macho Man" Randy Savage
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Re: R.I.P. - Macho Man Randy Savage

Postby so sorry on Wed May 25, 2011 8:36 am

TheButcher wrote:An extraordinary tribute to "Macho Man" Randy Savage



That was equal parts awesome and rediculous. Just like the Macho Man himself.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed May 25, 2011 9:08 am

Whoever made that video doesn't want Canadians seeing it. :(
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Postby Bloo on Wed May 25, 2011 9:31 am

Pacino86845 wrote:Whoever made that video doesn't want Canadians seeing it. :(


what does the WWE have against Canadians?
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Postby TheBaxter on Wed May 25, 2011 10:10 am

Bloo wrote:
Pacino86845 wrote:Whoever made that video doesn't want Canadians seeing it. :(


what does the WWE have against Canadians?


maybe they're not macho enough.
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Postby tapehead on Wed May 25, 2011 5:09 pm

TheBaxter wrote:
Bloo wrote:
Pacino86845 wrote:Whoever made that video doesn't want Canadians seeing it. :(


what does the WWE have against Canadians?


maybe they're not macho enough.


Not just Canadians - it's U.S. only.
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Postby TheBaxter on Wed May 25, 2011 5:18 pm

tapehead wrote:
TheBaxter wrote:
Bloo wrote:
Pacino86845 wrote:Whoever made that video doesn't want Canadians seeing it. :(


what does the WWE have against Canadians?


maybe they're not macho enough.


Not just Canadians - it's U.S. only.


well, we are the macho-est country in the world. the rest of the world has yet to close the Macho Gap with the U.S.
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Re: R.I.P. - Macho Man Randy Savage

Postby Fried Gold on Wed May 25, 2011 7:18 pm



..I actually thought WWE put this together quite well (for them anyway)
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Postby Bloo on Wed May 25, 2011 11:34 pm

I think the WWE has one of the best video production teams out there
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Postby Fried Gold on Thu May 26, 2011 5:23 am

Bloo wrote:I think the WWE has one of the best video production teams out there

Not sure I'd agree with that. They usually just make the same, near identical videos over and over again.
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Postby so sorry on Thu May 26, 2011 8:55 am

Fried Gold wrote:

..I actually thought WWE put this together quite well (for them anyway)



That was equal parts awesome and rediculous. Just like the Macho Man himself.




I fell like we've been here before....
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Postby TheBaxter on Thu May 26, 2011 9:06 am

when i think of randy 'macho man' savage, i too immediately think of Coldplay.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Thu May 26, 2011 9:33 am

Finally, thanks for posting the world-friendly (what does that first 'W' stand for anyway, WWE!??! R-tards!) video. It was pretty great.

I stopped watching wrestling years and years ago, but when I was a kid I never used to miss it and Macho Man was one of the best in WWE history.
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Re: R.I.P. - Macho Man Randy Savage

Postby Fried Gold on Thu May 26, 2011 12:29 pm

Pacino86845 wrote:(what does that first 'W' stand for anyway, WWE!??! R-tards!)

They are now really "Not-Worldwide Non-Wrestling Lack of Entertainment"

...but calling the company NWNWLE isn't quite as catchy.
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Re: R.I.P. - Macho Man Randy Savage

Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Fri May 27, 2011 2:22 am

Pacino86845 wrote:(what does that first 'W' stand for anyway, WWE!??! R-tards!)

Won't you please watch?
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Postby minstrel on Fri May 27, 2011 11:45 am

Pacino86845 wrote:Finally, thanks for posting the world-friendly (what does that first 'W' stand for anyway, WWE!??! R-tards!) video. It was pretty great.

I stopped watching wrestling years and years ago, but when I was a kid I never used to miss it and Macho Man was one of the best in WWE history.


I stopped watching a couple of decades ago, too, but I was a fan in the mid-Eighties, and Macho Man always put on a great show.
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Re: R.I.P. - Macho Man Randy Savage

Postby Fried Gold on Fri May 27, 2011 5:06 pm


You know that this is the Randy Savage thread and not the RIP thread, right?
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Postby TheBaxter on Fri May 27, 2011 5:32 pm

Fried Gold wrote:

You know that this is the Randy Savage thread and not the RIP thread, right?


bah! too many RIP threads. well, i'll let the mods move it. or let kenickie and macho man share the honor of having their own thread.
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Postby minstrel on Fri May 27, 2011 5:42 pm

There's really only one RIP thread, and Randy Savage should have been remembered there (as he was, actually).

Separate, individual RIP threads should only be for those who are VERY important in popular culture.
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Postby Fievel on Fri May 27, 2011 7:20 pm

minstrel wrote:There's really only one RIP thread, and Randy Savage should have been remembered there (as he was, actually).

Separate, individual RIP threads should only be for those who are VERY important in popular culture.


Yeah, I've thought it odd that out of all the people that have died the past 5-6 years that it's a professional wrestler that gets the separate thread. Dick-buttery, indeed!
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Re: R.I.P. - Macho Man Randy Savage

Postby Pacino86845 on Sat May 28, 2011 3:22 pm

Buncha ingrates, did you all so quickly forget about this?!

Nachokoolaid wrote:Everyone was so scared of the Rapture, for good reason. It was really going to happen. However, Jesus forgot one thing though...

Randy Savage knew that death was the only way to save mankind:




THE FLYING ELBOW DROP!!!

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