WWE: Why CM Punk Is the Modern Day "Macho Man" Randy Savage

Robert AitkenAnalyst INovember 28, 2011

Ever since the death of "Macho Man" Randy Savage more than six months ago, wrestling fans all over the world have tried to compare Savage's legacy, accomplishments and overall talent to a current wrestler.

The most popular comparison was the man who made the best tribute to the Macho Man: CM Punk.

Punk, a heel at the time, wore an attire in tribute to Savage, when the most done by the company was a very heartfelt tribute.

The attire while wrestling in the main event was a treat for all wrestling fans. It became even more special when Punk brought Savage's patented elbow drop back into a WWE ring.

The crowd went nuts for it and it would end up becoming a regular part of Punk's aerial arsenal.

Punk would even do the pointing to the skies, not only to show respect to Savage, but to mirror the exact way that Macho Man did it himself.

I wrote a piece on Savage during the day that he died. What I said about him on that day was that he was a star overshadowed by a megastar.

Savage was, and still is, one of the most popular wrestlers of his time, but often played second fiddle to Hulk Hogan.

While Punk has been in WWE with the likes of Triple H and Randy Orton, history will show that Punk's version of Hogan will be John Cena.

Punk would put on a certified five-star match in July with Cena at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, one of just five matches in WWE history to get the mark from the Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer.

This was the first WWE match to not include Shawn Michaels or Bret Hart, but many fans argue that Randy Savage does belong on the list in some way.

Savage had some fantastic matches with the likes of Tito Santana and Ted DiBiase.

The most talked-about match of Savage's career that isn't on the list is his match at WrestleMania III against Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. That match with Steamboat officially was given four-and-a-half stars.

Punk shares the love for the wrestling business that Randy Savage had.

Savage, like Punk, even sat down and did commentary for a time just to have his infectious personality shine onto the audience.

Both will be remembered as selfless performers who would get their moments, but also not be afraid to fall in favor of someone else's.

Punk has the unselfishness that Savage did when it came to the overall product.

It was a performance whether they were in the arena or not.

In searching through old clips of Savage after his death, I found a clip of him on the Arsenio Hall show, a late-night talk show that ran from 1989 until the early 1990s.

In an interview done in 1992, around the time of the big steroid scandal in WWE, Savage was asked about his usage.

Staying in character the entire time, Savage did not deny ever taking steroids, but rather spoke about what the supplements did to him.

He used that perspective of already taking them and knowing they were wrong to tell kids to not bother with them.

Punk's stance is a little bit different, with his straightedge lifestyle, but his honesty is just as sincere as Savage's was all those years ago.

Savage was voted Wrestler of the Year and Most Popular Wrestler in 1988 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, only to be voted Most Hated Wrestler of 1989.

Punk could end up with the same types of awards.

Punk was already a third runner-up in 2007 for Most Popular Wrestler and has been the first runner-up for Most Hated Wrestler in both 2009 and 2010.

What it comes down to is that Randy Savage is remembered among the top 10 or 15 best wrestlers of all-time, but doesn't hold as many world championships as many of those other men do.

Punk is now a five-time world champion, not including his ECW reign, but that isn't even much for this generation's game of hot potato with world championships.

CM Punk is built to be a popular guy for this generation, but it isn't in his DNA to be the face of the company.

I don't know if Punk would even want to have the burden that a guy like John Cena has from being in that position.

For now, CM Punk is the WWE Champion and one of the top wrestlers in the world.

It sounds a lot like Randy Savage's career, doesn't it?