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R.I.P. Randy 'Macho Man' Savage

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Posted May 20, 2011 - By Mike D'Alonzo

Today is a sad day in the world of professional wrestling, as TMZ is reporting this morning that Randy 'Macho Man' Savage has died as the result of a heart attack behind the wheel of his automobile and a resulting crash into a tree. This in his home of Tampa, FL. Savage was best known as first the foil to and then the ally of wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, leading to the legendary MegaPowers tag team, in which he and Hogan ran roughshod over the WWE, and his legendary feud with Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat, with whom he had a career-defining match at Wrestlemania III.

Savage was a solid in-ring performer, who knew how to really tell a story through what he did in the ring. Where he shone, however, was cutting promotional spots and hyping himself. The Macho Man was one of the largest personalities in the history of wrestling, and will be remembered as one of the men who helped catapult the sports entertainment business to the billion-dollar industry it's become today. Also, the constant presence of his valet, Miss Elizabeth, seemed to humanize him, and remind everyone that, no matter how brutish the Macho Man could be, he was still able to be tamed by her quiet, demure beauty.

Randy 'Macho Man' Savage was so pervasive in pop culture that he was still doing advertisements for Slim Jim beef snacks years after his initial run in the wrestling business ended. Last year, WWE released a DVD collection of Savage's best moments, called The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection, and he returned to the ring in videogame form, appearing as a legend in THQ's WWE All-Stars, released only a couple of months ago.

In the wrestling business, when one of their own dies, those who would pay their respects gather at an empty ring while 10 bells are rung, as a tribute to the fallen. Today, we ring 10 bells for the immortal Randy 'Macho Man' Savage, who transformed the sports entertainment business, who survived the brutality and turmoil of the wrestling business, and who was a pop culture icon right up until the day he passed.

Tags: Sports

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  • iGuy

    Truly a sad day as one of my favorite childhood icons passes. RIP Randy, you will be greatly missed.

    Posted: May 20, 2011 1:22 PM
    iGuy
  • Tetrapex

    I haz a sad. D:

    Posted: May 20, 2011 12:57 PM
    Tetrapex
  • bigbryan56

    This is a GREAT obit. Thank you Mike D'Alonzo

    Posted: May 20, 2011 12:47 PM
  • riggdeath

    r.i.p. brother!

    Posted: May 20, 2011 12:38 PM
  • thechamp1985

    Wonderfully well written piece on the "Macho Man". I'll always remember him for being the best personality WWF had to offer. In ring ability was second to none, and no one could touch him on the mic. He was too hot to handle and too cold to hold. Macho Man Randy Savage, you will be missed. Oooohhhhh yeeeaaaaaaah! Dig it!

    Posted: May 20, 2011 12:28 PM
    thechamp1985
  • NYMetalhead

    I am in total shock. When I was heavily into it growing up. He was my favorite wrestler. He was and is probably one of the greatest in the pro wrestling business. The wrestling world today has lost a true living legend.

    Posted: May 20, 2011 12:19 PM
    NYMetalhead
  • Ziggeraut

    We'll miss you Macho Man

    Posted: May 20, 2011 12:16 PM
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