I’m a fan of The Macho Man Randy Savage.
The highlights of his wrestling career took place largely before my time, however his over-the-top personality and legendary “OH YEEAAHH!!!” tagline were inescapable elements of growing up in the 80′s and 90′s.
While I got a chance to see him wrestle a few times in the WWF and WCW, at a time when he was largely past his all too brief prime; the things I remember most about Randy Savage, were his promo videos, and of course; his Slim Jim commercials:
In terms of mic performances, few pro wrestlers could top Randy Savage’s intensity.
Well-documented as a neurotic stickler for detail, Savage’s promos were often insane along the lines of say, The Ultimate Warrior; however they rarely ventured so far off into the absurd as to become downright incoherent as was the case with the Warrior:
Anyway with his throaty, vocal cord ripping voice, Savage had a capacity to mystify and entrance like few others before or since.
He’s probably the closest thing to a poet that the Azn Badger has ever had for a personal hero.
Despite my love for anything Savage, I have to admit; like most wrestling fans of my generation, I didn’t care much for his stint on WCW.
Everything else was just celebrity driven publicity stunts and old guys collecting fatty paychecks.
Enough about the “dark times” of WCW wrestling though, let’s get back to the SAVAGE.
Following his jumping ship from the WWF to WCW, Randy Savage claimed the intellectual rights to his Macho Man persona; resulting in him being absent from all WWF productions thereafter.
No videogame appearances, not toys, and certainly no more awesome promo videos.
Many would consider that an admirable feat, given the corporatist nature of the business.
As fate would have it though, Savage has come back to the WWF (probably for money…) and will be appearing the new WWF licensed videogame, WWE: All Stars.
Every time I have to type the acronym “WWE,” I die a little inside…
The game looks to be an over-the-top combo based fighter, hopefully sharing mechanics and aesthetic sensibilities with the excellent WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game of old.
Despite the announcement of the game, the thing that really peaked my interest, was the fact that Savage was brought on board to improv one of his legendary promo videos to advertise the game!
Check it out:
Truth be told, I haven’t actually seen Randy Savage since his turn as Bonesaw in 2002′s Spider-Man, and I’ve gotta’ say; it looks like Father Time done caught up with him and put him in the Figure Four.
He looks to have gained some weight, as most aging bodybuilders do; but most noticeable of all is the fact that his previously Just For Men-ed beard is now a snowy white.
In all honesty, the man is starting to look like my dad.
Hell, if you dialed back his crazy voice a bit; his insane ramblings would probably sound pretty similar to the Azn Badger’s dad’s daily rants.
Anyway, I’m glad to see the Macho is back where he belongs.
He should never wrestle again, that much is for sure; but if this gets him the spotlight he needs to finally be inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame, then I wish him the best.
Please God don’t let him wrestle…