We'll Miss You, Randy 'Macho Man' Savage

Hulk Hogan: 'I'm Completely Devastated'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 20, 2011 5:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – News that Randy "Macho Man" Savage died in a car accident age 58 has triggered plenty of nostalgic tributes:

  • David Brown, Yahoo Sports: "A small part of my childhood died. ... Other than Hulk Hogan or Andre the Giant, no WWF rassler was more popular than Savage in the late 1980s," writes Brown, who also recounts Savage's four-year stint in baseball's minor leagues. He wasn't a bad player, but injuries did him in. "His contribution to pop culture, wrestling and baseball ought to be remembered for a long time. Ohhhhh, yeahhhhhhhh!"

  • LA Times' Pop & Hiss blog: The news "launched a flying elbow drop to the skulls of American and English males, aged 20 to 35." Savage, real name Randy Poffo, even tried his hand at rapping. He "was an American icon nonpareil, pure ID and adrenaline cloaked in psychedelic clothing and supreme confidence. Blessed with a flair for the absurd and infinite charisma, he helped define the gleeful bombast of the late Reagan years. He will be sorely missed."
  • Hulk Hogan, via Tweet: "I'm completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we've finally started to talk and communicate. HH"

Randy "Macho Man" Savage in an undated image.   (AP Photo/WWE)
Randy "Macho Man" Savage gets hold of Hulk Hogan in 1989.   (AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian, File)
Randy 'Macho Man' Savage arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios' 'Bolt' in 2008.   (Getty Images)
Randy 'Macho Man' Savage in 2002.   (Getty Images)
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