Sure, this has nothing to do with announcing, but we want to just take a second to pay a tribute to one of the AA staff’s favorites – Randy “Macho Man” Savage. As TMZ first reported, the WWF (not WWE) star died in a car accident yesterday at the age of 58. Tributes have been pouring out all over the internet for the Macho Man and on Twitter because let’s face it, he was one of the defining figures in the childhood of countless sports bloggers. Our own Mike Vitiello has immortalized Savage with the Obama treatment. Oooohhh Yeeeaaa!!!
Most people in their mid-20s grew up watching larger-than-life characters like Hulk Hogan and the Macho Man battle each other in the ring. And while, hopefully, many of us have moved on, the charisma, talent, and athleticism of people like Randy Savage were a gateway into appreciating sports on a level past wins and losses. From his feud with former friend Hulk Hogan, to his legendary matches with the likes of Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair, Savage was a wrestling legend. Heck, one of my favorites as a kid was his match with the Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VII. The ability of Savage to carry the Warrior to a wrestling classic would be like making Les Miles look good at clock management.
But more than his in-ring prowess, the Macho Man will be remembered for his mouth. His charisma, and downright craziness captivated many of my generation. While he was a decent good guy, he was one of the first to be a cool villain you wanted to cheer for. It also led to crossover appeal as a spokesman for Slim Jim…DIG IT! So, while our main focus here at AA will always be on announcers and the sports media as a whole, we take a minute to remember some of the Macho Man’s crazier moments. OOOOOOHH YEAHHHHH!!!!