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Macho Memories on the Macho Man – Downtown with Darsie

Randy Savage“I’m the tower of power, too sweet to be sour, funky like a monkey, oooooh yeah!”

The state of professional wrestling lost a true great on Friday, May 20th, 2011, when Randy “Macho Man” Savage suffered a heart attack while driving his vehicle. Everyone knows him due to his trademark voice and his catchphrase of “Oooooh yeah!” Wrestling fans from the ‘80s and ‘90s would rank Randy Savage in the top five wrestlers from that era and non-wrestling fans know the Macho Man because of his Slim Jim commercials.

There’s been many of blogs, articles, podcasts, so-on-and-so-forth about Savage’s death and memories of him. I even did a blog about my thoughts on his death. To be honest, I feel like I didn’t give his death much justice because it was out of the moment. Yes, I meant what I said about his death, but with it being about six months out, I want to go back and relive the legendary career of the one and only, the Macho Man Randy Savage!

One man who can put anyone over and seem like a bigger star than who they truly are is Randy Savage. Look at his feuds with his co-workers like the Ultimate Warrior and Diamond Dallas Page. It’s been a fact that the Warrior usually goes no more than ten minutes in his matches and it’s the finish for him and if it wasn’t for the feud in World Championship Wrestling for DDP against Savage, Page wouldn’t have been a star when he did.

The match I’m referring to for Savage and the Warrior was from WrestleMania 1991 in Los Angeles when those two fought each other in a “Retirement match.”

If you’re living under a rock and never watched this match before, go out and watch it! In my personal opinion, this was the greatest match the Warrior ever had. Yes, there was the match the Warrior had with Rick Rude that was pretty awesome to from a SummerSlam from ages past, but really? I guess I’ll give it to you this time around, but this is my review!

Back from my tangent rant: yes, the Warrior/Savage/Retirement from Mania ’91. Another one of my personal opinions, I believe that match should have been the main event of the night. Yes, seeing the “immortal” Hulk Hogan capture the WWF title from the turncoat Sgt. Slaughter was important during the first Gulf War but who can do it better than the Macho King?

From WrestleMania 1991 LA to the summer of 1997 in ATL, Savage helped put DDP on the map as a main eventer in World Championship Wrestling. DDP made people “feel the BANG!” but without the Macho Madness runnin’ wild, brother, DDP would of fell on the floor flat.

Their feud lasted almost eight months with several stipulations matches in the feud. It’s been about a decade since I watched any number of the matches, so it’s hard for me to suggest any of the matches, but if you can find any of the matches, definitely check it out.

What other memories do I have on Randy Savage? It might be because of my “bad taste” in music, but I fell in love with his rap album that he put out in November 2003. Seriously? Yes because any outside projects that any professional wrestler does outside the business. Was the album any good? I really loved it and enjoy listening to it every once in a while. The title track “Be a Man” helps me whenever someone angers me to cool down and remember that “everything will be alright (not a Macho lyric, my thought).

Another memory I have of the Macho Man is: I believe that if Vince McMahon didn’t give him a run at the WWF Championship in 1988 to 1989, guys like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels to CM Punk and Rey Mysterio would never have won the WWE or World Heavyweight Championships. Macho Man also inspired guys like Michaels to do moves off the top turnbuckle.

If you didn’t know by now, I love reviewing and discussing old school wrestling. One guy who I love to watch and make sure I see is Randy Savage because, like said in the paragraph above, he inspired a style of wrestling we enjoyed after him in the 1990s and on. His style was different too in the ‘80s in the World Wrestling Federation, when it was the land of the jacked up giants.

I also heard that Randy Savage’s Flying Elbow inspired Shawn Michaels’ top turnbuckle elbow drop. So, one could say that if it wasn’t for the Macho Man, some of the modern stars wouldn’t have one of their inspirations to base their moves off of.

To conclude this piece on Randy “Macho Man” Savage: we lost a true great Friday, May 20th, 2011, when Randy Poffo suffered a heart attack and died and crashed his car when his new bride was in the car with him. Randy Poffo inspired many wrestlers after him and caught the eye and imagination of many fans when he started in pro wrestling. Like said, he’s one of few guys that caught my eye with his flashy robes and flashy moves, if it wasn’t for Randy Savage, I don’t know if I would of got into wrestling when I was younger.

Somewhere in the next life, Randy “Macho Man” Poffo, thank you for the memories and the everything you gave us wrestling fans. You gave us your life and I dedicate this article in your honor and memory.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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