WWE and the wrestling community will mourn the loss of an all-time great
The world of wrestling suffered a sudden and heartbreaking loss today as news has broke that Macho Man Randy Savage died of a heart attack this morning.
TMZ reported that Randy Savage suffered this heart attack while driving in Tampa, Florida. The attack, which led to an accident, occurred around 10 a.m. ET.
No further details were available.
Randy Savage leaves his mark on the wrestling world as having been one of the greatest wrestlers in an era of great wrestlers. From his debut in 1985 with the WWF as an egomaniacal bully, and a jealous lover of his manager Miss Elizabeth, he quickly established himself as one of the most colorful figures in sports entertainment.
Savage will be remembered first and foremost for his personality. From his flamboyant outfits, to his unmistakable voice and his intense promos, Macho Man was truly a cut above his peers. He's largely regarded as the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time and was in part responsible for the growth of the WWF in the 1980’s.
But Savage should also be remembered for his talent in the ring as well. From his WrestleMania III match with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, to his feud with Ric Flair and the Honky Tonk Man, Randy Savage was one of the sport's greatest performers. His ability to not just work a match, but to tell a story within the match, was what made him so compelling.
For young wrestlers coming up today, Randy Savage should serve not just as inspiration, but rather as a model of what a wrestler must do to be successful, both in the ring and on TV. He was a must-watch, whether he was mixing it up or talking to a camera.
On a personal note, I’ll always remember Savage as the first wrestler I ever loved as a kid. His elbow drop was iconic not just from the execution of it, but from the climb to the top rope. He’d pose at the top rope, his arms up in the air, making sure the people knew that they were about to see something special. There were few moves then, and now, that could manage to get an arena full of people onto their feet, but the elbow drop was one of them.
The world of wrestling has seen a number of clones, repeats, rip-offs and retreads of older characters throughout the years, but there was never another Macho Man. There never will be. He was a singular talent.
His family and his adoring fans will miss him dearly.