TMZ reported that “Macho Man” Randy Savage died in a car accident Friday in Seminole, Fla. The Jeep Wrangler Savage was driving veered into the median and onto oncoming traffic before hitting a tree. It appears that he might have suffered a heart attack or another related medical emergency which contributed to the crash. The wrestling community is pouring out with messages of support, remembrances and condolences during this hard time.
Savage, who is really named Randall Mario Poffo, is best known for the time he spent as a wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation from 1985 to 1984. There are a lot of fond memories I have of Savage, and this includes when he was cast in the 2002 “Spider-Man” movie as the wrestler Bonesaw McGraw. The character he played in this movie was based off of the comic book character Crusher Hogan. I loved “Spider-Man” since I was a little girl and was anxious to see this movie in 2002, and I also had a fondness for Savage as well. It affected me because I had always admired his work and to see that he could transform into an actor inspired me to grow up to be someone famous. His inclusion in the movie also made me curious about his life as a professional and it got me thinking about my own career hopes to become famous.
I will also remember when Savage released a CD in 2003 in which he dissed former wrestler Hulk Hogan. I thought this was funny because he could not really sing so he decided to rap which is just a classic form of entertainment. I thought it was also cool because being a wrestler also means he was an entertainer and this rap song dissing Hogan was just pure entertainment. I will remember this because it was just so great hearing him rap about another figure in the wrestling business and it was just really amazing he could rap so well. This affected me the most because I did not like Hogan either and could relate to the bashing he gave out in this CD and it also helped me relieve some frustration in my own life by listening to it. Although I am not very fond of rap I began to listen to rap after this CD because some of it is actually quite good lyrically. This CD also helped me realize that I could write lyrics of my own when I felt mad at someone and pretend I was like Savage and rap them, which helped me get out anger and anxiety as a teenager.
I will also remember Savage for the baseball career he had before he started wrestling. Before he started wrestling he was a minor league outfielder for many different teams including my hometown team the Cincinnati Reds. I will remember this because my dad was a huge fan of the Cincinnati Reds and had always talked about how a professional wrestler actually used to be part of our team back in the day. This was something I admired because I liked how he was a baseball player and then changed his career entirely to become a professional wrestler. This made me feel good because I knew that I could do anything I wanted to when I got older and that there was nothing standing in my way of changing careers just like he did. I also felt proud to say that a guy as talented and skilled as Savage was actually part of the Cincinnati Reds. Knowing that Savage was included in the Cincinnati Reds makes me feel happy even during those seasons where the team is not very good and it made me want to become a professional sports player for the city. I am proud to say that I am from Cincinnati, Ohio, and that we have a professional baseball team because Savage was a part of it. It also made me more interested in the baseball scene before I was born and I began looking at old newspaper ads of when Savage was part of the team.
TMZ Staff, “Macho Man Randy Savage Dies In Car Accident”, TMZ
IMDB, “Spider-Man 2002”
Jason Clevett, “Savage turns to rap’n’wrestling”, CANOE
Harry Weber, “‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage dies in Fla. Wreck”, Cincinnati Enquirer