The legendary professional wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (born Randall Mario Poffo) passed away on May 20, 2011, after suffering a heart attack in Tampa, Florida. He was 58 years old.
Savage wrestled an athletic, high flying style in an early era of the WWF (now WWE) when most wrestlers were hesitant to adopt the style. His signature moves were The Atomic Drop, the Running Knee and his finisher, The Elbow Drop.He started in the wrestling business during the off season from baseball, in the fall and winter of 1973, originally adopting the character of "The Spider Friend." He adopted the name "Randy Savage" based on a description of his style by George Championship Wrestling booker Ole Anderson.
Randy Savage Freaking Out With Cowboy Bob Orton
Crazy early Macho Man promo with Randy Orton's father Cowboy Bob Orton during one of Macho Man's first runs in ICW. Here, we already see a young, blossoming Macho Man, developing his signature promo style. And Bob Orton, like father like son, standing stoically and saying one thing at the end.
ICW Promotion in 1980
Another early ICW promo, this must be seen to be believed. It's a cross between Macho's style and the harried, psychotic delivery of someone like Mick Foley. In it, Savage cries and composes himself, but all the time seems completely inconsolable and utterly vulnerable. Not a side of Macho Man we've seen before, but this is one of the promos where you knew this guy was going to be big. "YOU PUT ME AGAINST THE WALL, MAN!"
Rock N Roll Wrestling Music Video
This video showcases another early part of Randy Savage's career in Memphis. (There's even clips of him fighting Jerry "The King" Lawler!). Here is introduced by a guy that looks a lot like Jimmy Valiant, but isn't. If you want to see cheesecake angles of Randy Savage as he runs through the forest and works out while an opening band for Whitesnake shreds their brains out, you came to the right place. This is what the "It's Still Real To Me Dammit" guy's acid trips taste like...