Awhile back I posted on this blog about a nickname I received at work.
That nickname was of course, Bonesaw; Macho Man Randy Savage’s character from the 2002 Spider-Man movie:
Said nickname was given to me on account of my tendency to randomly spout off various Savage-isms with alarming regularity.
Yes, I have practiced my Randy Savage in the mirror, and yes; I am quite adept at mimicking the awesomeness of his majesty.
That being said, being as the Macho Man was taken from us earlier today; I feel it’s my duty to use this blog post to pay homage to his memory.
While I would consider myself a fan of wrestling, the majority of Randy Savage’s more famous moments actually came before my time.
Growing up, I caught the tail end of the classic era, and kept up with the WWF and WCW stuff all the way through the Monday Night Wars/Attitude era; essentially giving up on the “sport” around the time The Rock transformed from The Rock to his lesser equivalent, the appropriately named, Dwayne.
Through all of this, Randy Savage didn’t really have much of a presence for me in wrestling.
Where he did have my attention though, was on Saturday mornings where he would frequently interrupt my cartoons by blowing through walls n’shit to preach the word of the Slim Jim:
To date, I have yet to consume a Slim Jim, though I’d be lying if the Savage didn’t make me feel like I was missing out on something awesome.
While I don’t remember seeing the Macho Man actually wrestle all that often, I feel fortunate to have grown up watching his mic performances; as they were, and still are; some of the best of all time.
When I was a kid, the WWF was largely in transition; foolishly trying to outmode characters like the Macho Man, and replace them with unworthy “badasses” like Diesel, or the Ultimate Warrior.
This resulted in Randy Savage being cast off to the side, acting more like a manager than an actual wrestler.
This would carry on well into his tenure in the WCW, though not without good reason.
Simply put, the Macho Man was a wizard when it came to pageantry and mic skills.
Not long ago I posted a promo video of the Macho Man doing a promo for the new WWF All-Stars (no force on this Earth can make me say the “E”) videogame, and while he may have aged a great deal since we last saw him; holy fuck did he still have it:
Seriously man, if wrestlers these days could do half of what Randy Savage did on the mic, at any stage in his career; I’d still be watching today’s so-called wrestling.
That being said, while I wasn’t really around to see any of it; there was a time when Randy Savage was one of the best wrestlers in the business.
A long time ago I remember looking up the “best wrestling matches of all time,” and one match that kept popping up was of course Randy Savage’s energetic match with Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III:
For it’s time, and by any standards really; this match was a testament to the power of in-ring storytelling.
Randy Savage was an exceptional wrestler, and an icon of my youth.
It saddens me to know that he’s gone, though I’m happy he decided to appear in the WWF All-Stars game.
The game might not be that great, but at least it’ll give the youth of today a little window into what wrestling was like with the Macho Man Randy Savage:
Colorful, exciting, and just plain BETTER.