On May 20th 2011, the professional wrestling world was shocked and saddened upon hearing the news of the passing of the most charismatic and iconic superstar ever to step foot in the squared circle, Randy “Macho Man” Savage at the age of 58.
Randy Savage was more than just a professional wrestler, he was a pop culture phenomenon who transcended from body slams and headlocks to music, television and the movies. Many professional wrestlers that compete today are heavily influenced by his legendary persona, wardrobe and his unbelievable talent in the ring.
When Savage debuted in the WWE, then the World Wrestling Federation, in 1985 there were some wrestling pundits that thought because of his smaller size, he would never be a main event draw. What Savage lacked in size however, he made up for with his natural charisma and wrestling skill.
Randy Savage was involved in some of the greatest matches in WWE history, most notably his match against Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania III. A large majority of professional wrestling experts and fans agree that this match is the greatest match in WWE history.
If anyone other than Randy Savage had been involved in this iconic match, it may have never been considered for this prestigious title of the greatest match in WWE history, and that is a true testament to Savage’s legacy as a fantastic and methodical worker in the ring.
In his time in the WWE Savage held several championships, including two WWE Championship title reigns, and many wrestling fans thought that he would stay a WWE performer. When he jumped ship to Vince McMahon’s rival promotion World Championship Wrestling, those same wrestling fans were shocked, but at the same time excited to see Savage perform for Vince McMahon’s competition.
In the six years he was with WCW, Savage was an integral part of the company, having been involved with some memorable and high profile feuds with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Lex Luger.
When WCW folded in 2001, Savage stepped away from the professional wrestling world and dabbled with music and acting, appearing in several movies. His most well known big screen appearance was his portrayal of “Bonesaw” McGraw in the 2002 film Spider Man.
Aside from the occasional interview, Savage kept a low profile and mainly stayed out of the professional wrestling limelight for several years before his death, but rest assured a major piece of wrestling history was etched by this legendary performer. There will never be another wrestler, past or present like Randy “Macho Man” Savage.