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Wrestling: Randy Savage

Need a little excitement? Snap into a Slim Jim! OHHH YEEEEAH!

Randall Mario Poffo, best known as "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was one of the most notable names of Professional Wrestling during The Eighties and a good portion of The Nineties. Managed for much of his career by his late wife Miss Elizabeth, Savage as a face or heel was the perfect complement to Hulk Hogan; 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 Five Moves of Doom and bodybuilder posedowns.

A 2x WWE World Heavyweight Champion and 4x WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Savage would go on to wrestle Spider-Man, provide the voice of an intergalactic wrestler, hawk beef jerky and 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 That Other Wiki for a detailed article on his career and life.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim fandom has honoured his legacy in the most baffling of ways, with a mod that turns all dragons into Macho Man.

Oh, and he guest-starred in an episode of Dexter's Laboratory.

OOOOOH YEAH! Snap into these tropes, associated with the MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE!:

  • Affectionate Parody: "Black Machismo"(TNA)/"The Machismo King"(Ring of Honor) Jay Lethal (and in RingSide Collectibles promotional skits for Randy Savage action figures).
  • Always Second Best: He was the Daffy Duck to Hulk Hogan's Bugs Bunny.
  • Arch-Enemy/Vitriolic Best Buds: Hulk Hogan (in the ring and in Real Life).
  • Artistic License Geography: "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?
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Baseball: 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.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: On the May 27, 1999 WCW Thunder, he ended a promo with "If you smell what the Mach is cooking!"
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • OOOOOH, YEAH!
    • DIG IT!
    • MERCY, MERCY, MERCY!
    • SNAP INTO A SLIM JIM! (Whereupon he does so, and something awesome happens.)
  • Celebrity Endorsement: "Snap into a Slim Jim!"
  • Character Tics: Look for him to wag his finger during promos. He always did it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Many of his promos didn't make any sense. This did not stop them from being awesome, however.
  • Combat Pragmatist: 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 WrestleMania X match against 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  Notable in that John Cena would practically homage this by using a similar method to beat Batista in their Last Man Standing match in 2010.
  • Cool Shades: Often gaudy colored shades with strips of plastic or odd designs over the lenses.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Savage used to put tons of prep work into his matches and would meticulously rehearse and plan each and every detail of his matches.
  • Death Song: "My Perfect Friend," about Curt Hennig, from his rap album Be A Man.
  • Dented Iron: 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 
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "My curiosity is killing me just like the cat would be killed by the curiosity!"
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: When the Ultimate Warrior left shortly before the 1992 Survivor Series, Savage had to get a new partner. He then lured Mr. Perfect from Team Flair, which culminated in Perfect beating Flair in a Loser Leaves the WWF match on Monday Night Raw.
  • Downer Ending: His death in 2011.
  • Dreadful Musician: 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.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Spent the last decade of his life taking care of his aging parents.
  • Finishing Move: The Flying Elbow
  • Glory Days: 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.
  • Guttural Growler: And his distinctly strained, constipated way of speaking has been mimicked my generations of wrestling fans.
    • Vocal Decay: By 1998-1999, he had appeared to have blown out his voice.
  • Hidden Depths: 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.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Whenever he "snaps into a Slim Jim" in the commercials.
  • Hot-Blooded: Big time.
  • Idiot Ball: The 1993 Royal Rumble. As soon as Savage managed to take 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 WrestleMania to challenge Bret Hart while Savage did commentary with JR and Bobby Heenan. 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 Jake Roberts 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.)
  • Large Ham
  • Leitmotif: Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance".
  • Lightning Bruiser: At his best, since he could fly with Steamboat but was big enough to be believable against Hulk Hogan.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: While wrestling under his real name, Ole Anderson said that Randy wrestled "like a savage."
  • Massive Multiplayer Scam: 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: 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.
  • Nice Hat: Savage had one from 1990 to 1996.
  • Passing the Torch: 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 Antonio Banks was to go over Randy Savage before it fell through.
  • Perky Female Minion
    • 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, Gorgeous George (not that), Miss Madness and 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.
  • Power Stable:
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Or whatever weird color he'll be wearing, all the time, besides the black and white in his New World Order days, which he changed to black and red during his time in the NWO Wolfpac.
  • Red Baron: "Macho Man", briefly "Macho King" before returning to the original moniker.
  • Running Gag: 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: Back in The Eighties, he would get violently upset if he thought someone was making moves on Elizabeth. 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.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Inverted. While he was often programmed against his brother, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, many times in his pre-WWE career, the two shared an extremely close relationship from their boyhood until the end of Randy's life.
  • Signature Move: Elevated body slam with theatrics, or a double knee drop upon the head of a downed opponent.
  • Tag Team:
    • 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 Survivor Series 1992.
  • Take That: The song "Be A Man Hogan!" off of his rap album, which is pretty much all about his Real Life feud with Hulk Hogan and his refusal to face Savage in a real wrestling match.
  • Team Dad: 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.
  • Underwear of Power: 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 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 Bret Hart'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 WWE All Stars 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.
  • Verbal Tic: See Catch Phrase.
    • 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.
  • Wag the Director: 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 Gordon Solie quit WCW shortly after.
  • Wrestling Family: 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 Real Life from December 1984 to 1992.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: In response to Ric Flair's Massive Multiplayer Scam 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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