"Macho Man" Randy Savage is one of the most beloved wrestlers who has ever set foot in a wrestling ring. His deep, raspy voice, amazing wrestling ability and over-the-top personality made him a household name.
Randy wrestled for the better part of 30 years. He was with Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation from 1985 until he departed for WCW in 1994. He stayed with Ted Turner's company until 2000 and then he briefly appeared in TNA back in 2004.
The 1980s was a time when jumping from the top rope was a rarity. Randy Savage did it every match when he would perform his trademark Diving Elbow Drop. Although in today's world, this move isn't much, back then it was a spectacle to see.
Aside from being one of the best wrestlers in history, Randy Savage was also a commentator, actor and a rapper...yes, a rapper.
All in all, Randy was a six-time Heavyweight Champion, 1987 King of the Ring, one-time Intercontinental Champion and the 1996 World War 3 winner.
These selections are in no particular order.
I would love to see someone do promos and interviews like this in today's world of professional wrestling.
Macho Madness for the win!
When Macho Man first debuted in 1985, his gimmick was that of an angry bully who was very over protective of Miss Elizabeth. After a few months of being in the company, Savage set his sights on Tito Santana's Intercontinental Championship.
After a few unsuccessful attempts at capturing it, Savage finally won it on February 24th, 1986 at my hometown's arena, the Boston Garden.
Savage would hold this title for just over one year until his epic encounter with "The Dragon."
The lead-up promo to perhaps the greatest match in WrestleMania history.
Hogan vs. Andre may have been the main event of WrestleMania III, but it was Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat that stole the show.
This match should be the basis for all WrestleMania matches.
This won multiple "Match of the Year" awards and, until recently, was considered the greatest WrestleMania match of all time.
At WrestleMania IV, a 14-man tournament was announced to crown a new WWF Champion. Savage defeated Butch Reed, Greg Valentine and One Man Gang to advance to the finals, where he defeated Ted DiBiase to become WWF Champion for the first time.
I honestly can't blame Savage from going to WCW. By 1994, McMahon thought Savage was too old to perform and wanted to make way for new talent. Savage thought otherwise and went to Atlanta and proved he still had what it took to be the man.
Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, the two most popular wrestlers in the 1980s, coming together to form an alliance.
Vince McMahon must have been bathing in liquid gold.
Could you see any of WWE's current performers pulling off a segment like this with this type of emotion and passion?
Starting in 1995, WCW held an annual event that they called "World War 3."
This match was similar to the Royal Rumble but instead of 30 men coming out every 60 or 90 seconds, the match started with 60 men in three different rings.
The first WW3 match was for the WCW Heavyweight Championship and when everything was all said and done, Randy Savage was the champion.
Randy Savage won the third annual "King of the Ring" tournament in 1987.
However, it took him two years to dub himself "Macho King."
The Ultimate Warrior was by no means a fantastic wrestler. He was more on par with the entertainment side of things.
However, when you set foot in the ring with someone like Randy Savage, you instantly look a thousand times better.
This match was supposed to be the end of Randy Savage's in-ring career. As we all know, in wrestling, no one is ever retired forever.
Do you know what happens when you take two of the greatest in-ring performers/talkers of all time and you put them in a storyline together?
You get Randy Savage vs. Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
Classic Macho Madness.
Randy Savage and Ric Flair's 1992 feud seems to always get lost in history. I never hear many people talking about it, maybe it's because wrestling was entering a transitional period or that they just didn't care for the feud.
I think it was one of Savage's better feuds. You take Ric Flair, who was in his prime during that period, and have him make certain allegations about him and Miss Elizabeth, and then you take Randy Savage, who was always at the top of his game, and you add in the WWF title. Need I say more?
Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth will always go down as the greatest romance in wrestling history.
I remember being a little kid during the 1990s and seeing Randy Savage's SlimJim commercials and laughing hysterically.
I'm 21 now and I still laugh hysterically at them!
I'm not sure how effective this moment would have been had Hogan not betrayed someone as popular and beloved as Randy Savage.
This scene from Spiderman is just awesome, plain and simple.
DDP vs Randy Savage was a great feud for many reasons.
It breathed new life into Savage, who had started to wear down.
It established DDP as a serious main-event contender.
It won the PWI "Feud of the Year" for 1997.
This is the best/worst rap song ever made.
I stress the best/worst part.
Although we never got to see Randy inducted into the Hall of Fame or return on live TV, this moment truly was great to see.
Randy hadn't participated in any projects with the WWE since departing back in 1994, but for the WWE All Stars video game, he agreed to have his likeness used and even cut a promo to promote the game.
It was an awesome moment to see once again, because even at 58 years of age, Macho Man still had it.
Farewell, Macho Man.