Saturday, May 21, 2011

R.I.P Macho Man Randy Savage

During my lifetime I've been a huge wrestling fan, then a non-fan, and now once again a pretty big wrestling fan. One of my earliest memories of wrestling was watching the Saturday Morning WWF (suck it animals) television show and seeing a commercial for the WWF Hotline. So, without permission of course, I got out the phone and dialed the digits. I was going to talk to the Macho Man and NO ONE was going to stop me.

So after pressing the appropriate buttons I arrived, "Hi" the voice on the other line said. I was stunned. I stammered and ummmmed my way until I let out a "Hello Mr. Saaaaa", but I was cut off by the voice on the other line.... a recording. I hung up the phone dejected and a bit annoyed, but that didn't stop me from telling my friends that I had talked to the Macho Man that morning.

Randy Savage was an all time great, and is responsible for some of the biggest moments in wrestling history (not to mention some of the worst moments in rap history). Who will ever forget the Mega Powers? Or his feuds with the evil clown Doink? Or, probably most of all his love of and marriage to Miss Elizabeth?

He was an innovator, and a true giant in the business, and he will be missed by millions.

Now you might be asking how I could make this post. What does this have to do with sports? Well I'm going to tell you.

What many people don't know about Randy Poffo is that he played four years of minor league ball, three with the Cardinals organization, and one with the Reds. He was signed by the Cardinals after a 200 player open tryout in 1971 as a switch hitting catcher/outfielder/ and DH. In 1974 he finished third in the FSL in RBI and fifth in homers.


Anonymous said...

Great old school memories. One of the true superstars that I liked in the ring, along with Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Kevin Nash. Great appearance in the first Spider-Man movie. Rest In Peace Macho Man.

Rich said...

Glad you liked it. Wasn't sure what to do with it, but he took up a lot of my time as a kid and I felt I needed to at least bring it up.

He and Hogan threw the industry on their back and really are responsible for what it became.