The tower of power, too sweet to be sour, funky like monkey, ooooooh YEAH!”
Randall Poffo, better known as “Macho Man” Randy Savage, passed away early Friday (May 20, 2011), after a car accident in which he was killed, though his wife of one year survived the accident. It is believed that he suffered an ailment of some sort like a heart attack while behind the wheel.
Savage was one of the most iconic professional wrestlers in the history of the business. He was a huge star along with Rowdy Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, and later, guys like The Ultimate Warrior, who were on that second level underneath Hulk Hogan. He had so many memorable feuds and moments that were big parts of the childhoods of those of us who followed the WWF closely (or even casually) in the mid-80s to early-90s. If you need proof, search Twitter. WWE today still makes money hand over fist, but at the time Savage was in his prime, wrestlers just seemed bigger than life and much more important than they seem today. Just look at what those in the business and in the media are saying about him.
The Rock tweeted today: “RIP Randy “Macho Man” Savage – you were one of my childhood inspirations and heroes. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family.”
ESPN sportswriter Bill Simmons also tweeted:“RIP, Randy Poffo aka Randy “Macho Man” Savage aka one of the greatest pro wrestlers who ever lived.”
Stone Cold Steve Austin also tweeted: “Just heard about Macho Man Randy Savage…unmatched intensity in the ring. A hellacious performer and terrific promo. A real bad ass. RIP.”
While Savage’s most famous moments as a performer were things that everyone remembers, like his one-year storyline with Hulk Hogan in which the Mega Powers exploded on NBC and the WrestleMania V match soon thereafter, there are some very interesting tidbits about his life and career that fall under the radar. Savage was a minor league baseball player in three different organizations from 1971-1974. He played in the outfield, caught a little bit, and also played some first base, and when his shoulder gave out on him, it pretty much signaled the end of his career. So he turned to the family business, which was professional wrestling.