Randy “Macho Man” Savage died today. Apparently he had a heart attack while behind the wheel of his car. That’s definitely an awful way to go, particularly for such an incredibly colorful personality.
Like most kids who grew up in the ’80s, I was a big fan of the WWF. Back when storylines centered around Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, the Macho Man and even Rowdy Roddy Piper. Piper and Macho Man were always my two favorites, towing the line between “good” and “evil,” they never failed to be super loud, super obnoxious and super in-your-face.
Now before you start raising your torches and pitchforks and asking WTF is a dead wrestler doing on a comic book blog post? Well, don’t forget that Randy Savage was influential in turning Mr. Peter Parker into a certain Spider-Man in the recent Sam Raimi films. (You gotta love Buzzsaw!)
Anyways, I did get to see the Macho Men wrestle in person once, when the WWF came to the local arena in Binghamton, NY back in my college days. With front row seats, I got to see his high flying, top-rope leaps as if he were about to slam down right on my chest. He was certainly one of the greatest, and he’ll be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Macho King!