On May 20, pro wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage was killed in a car crash in Pinellas County, Fla. Savage, whose given name was Randy Mario Poffo, was 58 years old at the time of his death. It is being reported by news outlets that while driving his Jeep Wrangler in Pinellas County on Friday morning, Savage lost control of his vehicle. Savage’s Jeep Wrangler crossed several lanes of the highway prior to crashing violently into a tree. It is being suggested that Savage may have suffered a heart attack prior to the accident, but until a full autopsy report has been released, no one can say for sure.
Savage was a respected, charismatic and entertaining pro wrestler best known for his raspy voice and his performances when he was in the World Wrestling Federation, now the WWE, under Vince McMahon. The wrestling community has been hit hard by the passing of Savage. Savage was a well loved and popular figure of the wrestling world and he will be missed greatly by members of the wrestling community and fans alike. In the wake of his death, fans will begin to remember and celebrate the life of Savage. Read on for three of my favorite memories of the wrestling superstar.
On Feb. 24, 1986, at Boston Garden, Savage went on to defeat Tito Santana and won the Intercontinental Championship in a rematch bout. This win would set off a highly successful year for Savage and was a major precursor to what he would achieve in the coming years.
On March 27, 1988, in Wrestlemania IV, Savage was part of a 14 man tournament at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J. This match included a plethora of highly talented wrestlers including Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Ted Dibiasi and others. Savage went on to beat “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiasi in the 14 man match. Savage held on to his title for a record setting 371 days. Savage held the record for 20 years until John Cena managed to beat it.
Slim Jim Commercials
Who can forget the infamous Slim Jim commercials that Savage starred in? They were on every channel and featured the charismatic superstar exploding onto the screen, demanding that we “Snap into a Slim Jim!” While many celebrities act as spokespeople in commercials, there are few that reached the popularity of Savage’s ‘Slim Jim’ commercials. Twenty years later, the commercial is still fresh in the minds of fans and consumers alike.
Savage was a sparkling example to what it meant to be a pro wrestler. He charismatic, well loved and will be terribly missed by the wrestling community.