What happened to 'Macho Man' Randy Savage? WWE rulebreaker gone 'too soon'

Danielle Salt August 11, 2022
What happened to 'Macho Man' Randy Savage? WWE rulebreaker gone 'too soon'


What happened to wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage? A 1990s clip of the WWE star giving fans convetion-defying advice resurfaced today, stirring curiosity.

The Macho Man emerged as a WWE superstar in the mid-1980s, winning many titles while drawing attention for his eccentric costumes and personality.

Savage, who was originally known as Randall Mario Poffo had early dreams of becoming a professional baseball player before a shoulder injury in 1975 ended his career.

Luckily, Savage had already started carving out a path as a professional wrestler. In 1973 he made his stage debut embodying his charismatic and aggressive Macho Man persona inside the ring.

Randy Savage in New York City circa 1991.

What happened to Macho Man Randy Savage?

After embarking on a professional sports career, Savage joined World Wrestling Entertainment in 1985. He soon became known for his flamboyant costumes and his signature “Oh Yeah” growl. His persona, Macho Man, eventually became recognised as one of WWE’s top villains.

In the 1990s Savage began to spend more time commentating the fights, but returned to the ring full-time after defeating WWE champion Ric Flair at 1992’s WrestleMania VIII. He became a World Championship Wrestler in 1993 and won the inaugural 60-man, three-ring battle royal in 1995.

Savage wasn’t only known for his wrestling. He had a number of small screen ventures, from a string of iconic Slim Jim snack ads to a cameo on 90s classic Baywatch and a small but memorable part as wrestler Bone Saw McGraw in Spider-Man.

Macho Man Randy Savage died in 2011 at the age of 59, in a Florida car crash. It was determined he died of a heart attack while driving, which caused him to crash his car into a tree.

A few months later, Times magazine naming him person of the year 2011.

Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Macho Man’s death was a blow to wrestling fans everywhere

According to his WWE superstar bio, no wrestler was “more colorful. … His style — perfectly punctuated by his entrance music, Pomp and Circumstance — has only been outshined by his performance in the ring.”

His wife of one year, high school sweetheart Lyn, was in the passenger seat during the crash and only suffered minor injuries. Both were reportedly wearing seatbelts.

Fans from all over the world were shocked by the WWE star’s sudden passing.

The most memorable quotes from Macho Man Randy Savage

Here are a few of Macho Man’s best quotes on competition, regrets, rapping and, humbly, himself.

“Hulkamania is like a single grain of sand in the Sahara desert that is Macho Madness.” (about on and off arch-nemesis Hulk Hogan)

“You will eat my rear rockets and like it! Ohhhh yeahhh!”

Macho Man talking about himself

“From wrestling to my hip-hop thing, I’ve just been able to do so much and meet so many crazy characters.” (on his attempts to become a rapper)

“All I care about is that people are being entertained. It’s not about being the world champion [in wrestling], it’s about exciting the people. If you walk away entertained, then I did my job, and that’s all I care about.”

Life Advice from Randy Savage

“Expect the unexpected in the kingdom of madness!”

“Being a wrestler is like walking on the treadmill of life. You get off it and it just keeps going.”

Final Quotes from the Macho Man

“I have no regrets.” (When asked about wrestling as a career choice).

“I can’t believe how you survived the business and I didn’t. Every inch of me aches.” (to his brother Lanny on the state of his body)

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