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->''Need a little '''excitement?''' Snap into a Slim Jim!'' '''''[[BigYes OHHH YEEEEAH!]]'''''

Randall Mario Poffo, best known as '''"Macho Man" Randy Savage''', was one of the most notable names of ProfessionalWrestling during TheEighties and a good portion of TheNineties. Managed for much of his career by his late wife Wrestling/MissElizabeth, Savage as a face or heel was the perfect complement to Wrestling/HulkHogan; while Hogan did well with the kiddies, Savage's intense and more adult character (particularly his romance with Elizabeth) appealed to their parents, and his mix of power wrestling, high flying, and blatant shoot-you-in-the-back cheating helped expose the WWF to a traditional fanbase that didn't go for FiveMovesOfDoom and bodybuilder posedowns.

A 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]] and 4x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]], Savage would go on to [[Film/{{Spider Man}} wrestle Spider-Man]], [[HeyItsThatVoice provide the voice]] [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory of an intergalactic wrestler]], [[CelebrityEndorsement hawk beef jerky]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[DreadfulMusician make a rap CD]] (they can't all be winners, folks).

Snippets of some of his quotes have been used to open up each installment of Maffew's ''{{Botchamania}}'' blooper series, usually his more bizarre ones ("I don't even know what that words means! Is that a bird!?").

Savage passed away on May 20th 2011 at the age of 58: after suffering a sudden, massive heart attack while driving, he lost control of his Jeep Wrangler and crashed into a tree. Initial reports of his death indicated that he had been killed in the collision, when in fact he and his wife had been wearing seatbelts and suffered only minor physical injuries in the crash. Rather coincidentally, on the same day, Slim Jim's factory in North Carolina closed down, as well.

For more on Savage, go to ThatOtherWiki for a detailed article on his career and life.

''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' fandom has honoured his legacy in the most baffling of ways, with [[http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/5518// a mod]] that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bifmj1O3D24 turns all dragons into Macho Man]].

Oh, and he guest-starred in an episode of WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory.
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!!'''OOOOOH YEAH! Snap into these tropes, associated with the MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE!:'''

* AffectionateParody: "Black Machismo"(Wrestling/{{TNA}})/"The Machismo King"(Wrestling/RingOfHonor) Jay Lethal (and in [=RingSide=] Collectibles promotional skits for Randy Savage action figures).
** As well in WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment (which, awkwardly, killed him in his cameo a day or so before he died), and in WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory.
** "Manly Man Ricky Ravage" on the ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'' episode "Rassle Mania," along with "[[HulkHogan Bulk Togan]]", [[Wrestling/AndreTheGiant "Sergey the Giant"]] and [[Wrestling/SgtSlaughter "Sgt. Murder"]].
** A one shot in WWE's [=ECW=] show, Macho Libre.
** The developers of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' have called Mr. Torgue their version of Savage.
** [[http://www.oafe.net/blog/?p=3720 Motormaster]] from the comics-only continuation of ''TransformersAnimated'' is written with the personality of the Macho Man.
* AlwaysSecondBest: He was the WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck to Hulk Hogan's WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.
* ArchEnemy[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds: Hulk Hogan (in the ring and in RealLife).
** According to Hogan, they were in the process of mending their friendship when he died.
** Wrestling/JerryLawler, and not just in the ring. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Poffos (Angelo, Lanny and Randy) were running [[http://www.freewebs.com/icwpoffouniverse/ International Championship Wrestling in Lexington, KY]], which was an outlaw (runs in the same territorial areas as an established promotion in opposition) promotion against the Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis, TN run by Lawler and Jerry Jarrett. ICW's TV announcers would give away the real names of CWA wrestlers, issue challenges on the air, and Savage even once attacked CWA wrestler "Superstar" Bill Dundee at the CWA's gym. ICW closed in 1984, leading to the Poffos going to Memphis to actually feud with Lawler and co. Many of these dirty tricks would be recycled during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, except for the part about attacking guys at the gym.
** [[Wrestling/GeorgeSteele George "The Animal" Steele]], [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]], [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]], [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior the Ultimate Warrior]], Wrestling/RicFlair (also in WCW), Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, Wrestling/KevinNash.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: "I've been in the danger zone yeah! I've been in the danger zone east of the Pacific Ocean, west of London England, south of Mars, and north of Hell! Yeah!" Taken from {{Botchamania}} 22.
** Which just means that he's in America.
*** I guess some of it has to depend on the exact location of Hell?
*** It's in Michigan. So... He's in Canada?
* BadassBeard
* BadassGrandpa
* UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}}: [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams The St. Louis Cardinals]] signed him as a catcher out of high school and he was sent to the minor leagues to help him develop. He would play for the Cardinals', the Cincinnati Reds' and the Chicago White Sox' farm league teams but never made it to the majors.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: On the May 27, 1999 ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Thunder'', he ended a promo with [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson "If you smell what the Mach is cooking!"]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The Macho Man might have been one of the most insane people in wrestling (and that's saying a ''lot'') but he also went to great lengths to ensure he had the best matches he could possibly make.
* CatchPhrase:
** OOOOOH, YEAH!
** DIG IT!
** MERCY, MERCY, MERCY!
** SNAP INTO A SLIM JIM! (Whereupon he does so, and something awesome happens.)
* CelebrityEndorsement: "Snap into a Slim Jim!"
* CharacterTics: Look for him to wag his finger during promos. He ''always'' did it.
** He also is very expressive with his hands, though not quite MilkingTheGiantCow.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Many of his promos didn't make any sense. This did not stop them from being awesome, however.
* CombatPragmatist: Knew all sorts of shortcuts. Like driving people's throats into the ropes to stun them or hogtying them so they couldn't make it back to the ring.
** He won his ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} X'' match against [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Crush]] by stringing him up after the out-of-the-ring pinfall to prevent him from getting back to the ring before the count of 60.[[note]]It was a Falls-Count-Anywhere match in pre-hardcore WWE, so that was the rule.[[/note]] Notable in that Wrestling/JohnCena would practically homage this by using a [[DuctTapeForEverything similar method]] [[LoopholeAbuse to beat]] Wrestling/{{Batista}} in their Last Man Standing match in 2010.
* CoolShades: Often gaudy colored shades with strips of plastic or odd designs over the lenses.
* CrazyPrepared: Savage used to put tons of prep work into his matches and would meticulously rehearse and plan each and every detail of his matches.
* DeathSong: "My Perfect Friend," about Wrestling/CurtHennig, from his rap album ''Be A Man''.
* DentedIron: After a series of knee injuries ending about 1998, Savage couldn't work at his former level, and had to be protected with a series of valets doing interference spots; this was far from the worst thing about WCW in 1999. Due to a neck injury he suffered while filming ''Spider-Man'', he could no longer even turn his head towards the end of his life. There were also unsubstantiated reports of a health scare involving steroids, after which Savage shrank from about 260 to less than 200 pounds; his heart attack was determined to be the result of a steroid-enlarged heart.[[note]]Just like his close friends Curt Hennig and Brian "Crush" Adams, as well as Wrestling/BrianPillman, Davey Boy Smith, Eddie Guerrero, Big Bossman, and Road Warrior Hawk.[[/note]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "My curiosity is killing me just like the cat would be killed by the curiosity!"
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: When the Ultimate Warrior left shortly before the 1992 Survivor Series, Savage had to get a new partner. He then lured [[Wrestling/CurtHennig Mr. Perfect]] from Team Flair, which culminated in Perfect beating Flair in a Loser Leaves the WWF match on Monday Night Raw.
* DownerEnding: His death in 2011.
* DreadfulMusician: Let's just say Savage's rap album didn't sell well.
** One Amazon review described the vocals as sounding like "Nick Nolte on a whiskey and sandpaper binge."
** I mean how can you argue with this:
-->People wanna know if Macho's still in the ring
-->People wanna know if Randy's doin' his thing
-->Everybody's talkin' wanna know this and that
-->So I'm a tell ya right now Randy Savage is back!
** In one interview, Savage confided that the reason he chose to do a rap album is because his singing is even worse than his rapping.
* FinishingMove: The Flying Elbow
* GloryDays: Odd subversion; towards the end of his life, he was much more comfortable with being Randy Poffo, minor league baseball washout, than he was with being wrestling legend Randy Savage.
* GutturalGrowler: And his distinctly strained, constipated way of speaking has been mimicked my generations of wrestling fans.
** [[VocalEvolution Vocal Decay]]: By 1998-1999, he had appeared to have blown out his voice.
* HiddenDepths: Despite his boisterous, spontaneous personality, he was well known as a perfectionist when it came to his matches, meticulously mapping out every detail with his opponent before the match.
* HilarityEnsues: Whenever he [[MemeticMutation "snaps into a Slim Jim"]] in the commercials.
* HotBlooded: Big time.
* IdiotBall: The 1993 ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble''. As soon as Savage managed to take Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} down, he went for the elbow drop, but instinctively went for a pinfall. One, pinfalls do not count in the Royal Rumble. Two, he was too close to the ropes. Yoko powered out of that pin, propelling the Macho Man over the top. Yokozuna went on to ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' to challenge Wrestling/BretHart while Savage did commentary with [[Wrestling/JimRoss JR]] and Wrestling/BobbyHeenan. Justifiable, because a wrestler's first instinct is to go for the pinfall, since those are the standard rules.
** Subverted in the previous year's Rumble. Savage threw Wrestling/JakeRoberts out, but made what looked like a big mistake by following up with a pescado on to Roberts, going over the top and to the floor himself. However, the official ruling was that Savage was not eliminated after all; someone else had to throw him over the top for it to count. (Someone did- Ric Flair.)
* LargeHam
* {{Leitmotif}}: Music/EdwardElgar's "''Pomp and Circumstance''".
* LightningBruiser: At his best, since he could fly with Steamboat but was big enough to be believable against Hulk Hogan.
* LineOfSightName: While wrestling under his real name, Ole [=Anderson=] said that Randy wrestled "like a ''savage.''"
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: Along with the Ultimate Warrior, Savage fell for the "Perfect Plan." Leading up to the Randy Savage-Ultimate Warrior WWF Championship match at Summerslam 1992, Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect teased that one of them sold out to Team Flair. It turned out neither man had sold out; it was just a way for Flair and Perfect to attack both champion and challenger liberally just so Flair could have a clear path to his 2nd WWF title. Warrior won, but only by countout, meaning the title stayed with the Macho Man, who ended up losing it to Flair shortly after this.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The elbow off the top rope is hard on the knee, and after several surgeries, Savage's knee was no longer able to absorb the impact, leading to the move becoming "stiffer". One time, he ''severely'' injured another wrestler doing the move (broke several ribs), and visited his opponent in the hospital daily until he was released.
* NiceHat: Savage had one from 1990 to 1996.
* PassingTheTorch: Him being retired by Ultimate Warrior was supposed to be such a moment but in the long run, it was Warrior who ended up leaving. Also, he had a promotion set up for the purpose of putting over new talent, one [[Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter Antonio Banks]] was to go over Randy Savage before it fell through.
* PerkyFemaleMinion
** Sensational Sherri Martel managed Randy Savage until he lost his retirement match to the Ultimate Warrior. Then she tried to attack him, leading Miss Elizabeth to come to his aid and the two of them getting married.
** Team Madness in WCW was composed of three, [[NonIndicativeName Gorgeous George]] ([[GorgeousGeorge not]] [[Wrestling/GeorgeWagner that]]), [[Wrestling/MollyHolly Miss Madness]] and Wrestling/{{Madusa}}.
** He got The Disciplinarian Kristen Davidson and Jungle Grrl Erica Porter, wrestlers of WOW fame, when he showed up in the Spider-man movie as Bonesaw.
* PowerStable:
** (in Memphis): The First Family, led by Wrestling/JimmyHart
** (in WCW): The NWO
*** He also had Team Madness, with [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]], Wrestling/{{Madusa}}, Gorgeous George (Stephanie Bellars) and [[Wrestling/MollyHolly Miss Madness (Molly Holly)]], though it was more of an entourage.
* RealMenWearPink: Or whatever weird color he'll be wearing, all the time, besides the black and white in his Wrestling/NewWorldOrder days, which he changed to black and red during his time in the NWO Wolfpac.
* RedBaron: "Macho Man", briefly "Macho King" before returning to the original moniker.
* RunningGag: While never explicitly acknowledged as this, EVERY time he lost a World Heavyweight Title, in WWE or WCW, it was ALWAYS to either Hulk Hogan or to Ric Flair.
** During his first run with Elizabeth as valet, Savage would often bring her out in front of the camera during a Mean Gene interview. He would then implore her to say something to the "videoscope" or Mean Gene would begin a conversation with her, only Macho Man to quickly shoo her away before she could get a few words in.
* SanitySlippage: Back in TheEighties, he would get violently upset if he thought someone was making moves on Elizabeth. [[FromBadToWorse It went downhill from there]].
** By the end of his career he was so paranoid that he carried a gun in his bag at all times.
* SignatureMove: Elevated body slam with theatrics, or a double knee drop upon the head of a downed opponent.
* TagTeam:
** with his brother Lanny Poffo in Tennessee
** The Megapowers, with Hulk Hogan in WWE (renamed the Monster Maniacs in WCW)
** The Ultimate Maniacs, with the Ultimate Warrior in 1992
** The Perfect Team, with Mr. Perfect at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1992''.
* TakeThat: The song "Be A Man Hogan!" off of his rap album, which is pretty much all about his RealLife feud with Hulk Hogan and his refusal to face Savage in a real wrestling match.
* TeamDad: Mellowed a bit by the early 1990's and became this to the up and coming stars of the "New Generation era".
** Apparently Savage bawled out Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon after their epic Wrestlemania X match because it went on too long and as a result a 10 man tag team match on the undercard was scrapped, which cost all 10 guys a Wrestlemania payday.
* UnderwearOfPower: For all his elaborate attires made of his crusher hats, sunglasses, vests and what not, he usually wrestled in nothing but a pair of trunks and a pair of boots.
** Sometimes he would wrestle in said elaborate attires, like during his match against Ric Flair at WrestleMania VIII.
* {{Unperson}}: For years, Savage ''was'' treated like this by [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] and WWE, for reasons known only to Savage and [=McMahon=]. Savage got one of the best sendoffs in the company in 1994, and remained on good terms with [=McMahon=] quite a while afterwards, entering contract talks with him in 1996 and 2000. After that, [=McMahon=] was ''extremely'' negative on Savage, and would turn down any plans involving even mentioning him. This while bringing back many ex-WWF wrestlers who had been much more acrimonious towards him, and even in some cases sued him. Thankfully, WWE has decided to recognize Savage's contributions to wrestling history as of late, with matches of his showing up on various DVD compilations as well as his own three-disc set, ''Macho Madness''.
** What's overlooked was that Savage was interviewed in the inaugural issue of ''WWE Smackdown Magazine'' (formerly [and currently] ''WWF/WWE Magazine''), released in 2003.
** Fortunately for Savage, it was not an attempt at character assassination like ''The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior''.
** According to his brother "Leapin' Lanny" Poffo, the Slim Jim endorsement was a huge pay day, and the contract stipulated that a percentage would have gone to the WWF. Furthermore, other reports from agents (wrote about in BretHart's book) claimed that Savage drunkenly called Vince while he was sleeping to announce that he was jumping ship to WCW.
** Relations seemed to had massively improved in 2011 as the Macho Man not only appears in the ''VideoGame/WWEAllStars'' video game but he appeared in one of the commercials as well (this deal was brokered by THQ with WWE's permission but no contact between the two sides). Yeeeeah.
** Unfortunately it looks like his death may have opened the door for his acknowledgement by WWE.
** The principal rumor, since the WCW sale in 2001, involves Savage acting inappropriately towards Vince's daughter Stephanie (who was in her early-middle teens when Savage left WWE) and Vince finding out after the fact. Unlike other explanations, this would explain [=McMahon=]'s initial warmth towards Savage turning very, very cold, and rings consistent with backstage accounts of Savage following his divorce from Liz Hulette. Even Randy's brother has indicated to interviewers that he doesn't know one way or the other.
* VerbalTic: See CatchPhrase.
** To clarify, beside his catchphrases, the word "Yeah" was a major verbal tic of his.
** A good recent example would be his commercial for ''WWE All-Stars''. He managed to include it at least once in every sentence along with between every sentence.
* WagTheDirector: Pressured WCW execs to induct his father, Angelo Poffo, in their Hall of Fame, despite Poffo never having wrestled for WCW. This was cited as one of the reasons Wrestling/GordonSolie quit WCW shortly after.
* WrestlingFamily: His brother is "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, the wrestling poet (aka The Genius) and his father, Angelo Poffo, was a famous wrestler in the 1950s and 60s. He and Elizabeth were married in RealLife from December 1984 to 1992.
* XanatosSpeedChess: In response to Ric Flair's MassiveMultiplayerScam and Warrior's departure from the WWF, he convinced Mr. Perfect to leave Team Flair and fill in for the Ultimate Warrior. Perfect accepted.
* {{Yandere}}
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