wrestling legend Randy 'Macho Man' Savage dies in
car accident, by Greg Tingle - 20th May 2011
Randy Savage (November 15, 1952 May 20, 2011)
wrestling superstar Randy "Macho Man" Savage
away after having a heart attack while driving his
Jeep Wrangler in Seminole, Florida.
witness told the press that he "suffered a heart
attack while driving and hit a tree."
Highway Patrol said Savage, 58, leapt a concrete median,
veered into oncoming traffic and smashed into a tree
died from his injuries at largo Medical Center.
whose birth name is Randy Poffo, had recently celebrated
his first wedding anniversary with his wife Lynn.
It was his second marriage.
wife was in the car at the time of the accident, which
was first reported by TMZ. She suffered only minor
married his first wife Elizabeth Hulette best known
as "Miss Elizabeth," in 1984. They divorced
in 1992. She ended up dying from a drug overdose in
Wrestling Entertainment, in progress of rebranding
to WWE, advised in a statement that Savage's death
was a huge loss.
is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the
greatest Superstars of his time, Randy Poffo, aka
Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Poffo was under
contract with WWE from 1985 to 1993 and held both
the WWE and Intercontinental Championships. Our sincerest
condolences go out to his family and friends. We wish
a speedy recovery to his wife Lynn. Poffo will be
greatly missed by WWE and his fans."
wrestling world posted thousands of comments Twitter
to grieve over the former wrestler.
had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit,
I just pray that he's happy and in a better place
and we miss him. We miss him a lot. I feel horrible
about the ten years of having no communication. This
was a tough one." Hulk Hogan posted on his Twitter
Randy 'Macho Man' Savage - you were one of my childhood
inspirations and heros. Strength, love and prayers
to the Savage/Poffo family," Dwayne "The
Rock" Johnson said on Twitter.
lost a close friend today. If anybody in heaven is
wondering who the cat in the ugly cowboy hat is it's
Randy. Love you Bro. Never another," Kevin Nash
queen Alyssa Milano was also among those offering
condolences, tweeting, "Rest in peace, Macho
Man Randy Savage."
helped put WWF wrestling on the global map in the
1980s and '90s, becoming, along with Hulk Hogan, one
of its biggest draws of all time. His outrageous ring
attire and his "Oooh Yeah!" catchphrase
made him a fan favorite. He had also been pitchman
for Slim Jims media and advertising campaigns.
feel so fortunate that I had a second chance to marry
my first love, here where it all began," Savage
said a year ago, after his Lido Beach wedding to Payne,
whom he'd met there decades before.
had recently returned to the wrestling scene with
the release of the WWE Wrestling All-Stars video game.
There was also a push to see him be inducted into
the WWE Hall of Fame, many insiders and fans saying
he was the greatest wrestler never to have been inducted,
with rumours circulating that the reason he may not
have got the green light was a fling with WWE boss
Vince McMahon's daughter, but that is speculation,
who announced the release of a Macho Man action figure
at Comic-Con in July 2010, was known for his catch
phrase "Ooooooh yeaahhh" and his affiliation
with Slim Jim snacks.
pro wrestling success including numerous reigns as
WWE (then WWF) and WCW champion...Savage appeared
as Bone Saw McGraw, the wrestler Tobey Maguire's Peter
Parker squares off with in "Spider-Man"
(2002), among other occasional acting parts, and released
a rap album, "Be a Man" (2003).
had a numerous of other wrestling accomplishments
and was the 1987 WWF King of the Ring and the 1995
WCW World War 3 winner.
WrestleMania III match with Steamboat was considered
a classic by both fans and critics and was named 1987's
Match of the Year by both Pro Wrestling Illustrated
and the Wrestling Observer.
drew a lot of money in just about every wrestling
territory he entered, be it Memphis, Florida, Atlanta
or New York.
signature moves included the flying elbow off the
top rope, sometimes even from the top of cages, double
ax handle, and had an extremely fast brawling style,
as well as being a solid technical wrestler, often
using a variety of suplexs in his matches.
greatest wrestling feuds were with Hulk Hogan, Ricky
"The Dragon" Steamboat, Ric Flair, Andre
The Giant, The Honky Tonk Man, Tito Santana, George
'The Animal" Steele, Bruno Sammartino and prior
to the WWE, Jerry "The King" Lawler. He's
biggest out of the ring feuds with with Hulk Hogan
and wrestling boss, Vince McMahon.
his real name Randy Poffo, he played minor league
baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnatti
Reds systems in the early 1970s. Chicago White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen was also among those expressing
Media Man staffer was overhead "Savage was one
of the greatest ever and a true legend. He was up
there with Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Flair and Steamboat.
It would be nice to see a classy tribute by the WWE
and also see him finally inducted into the WWE Hall
of Fame. Thanks for the awesome memories Randy".