YMMV: Randy Savage

  • Badass Decay: His matches in 1999 WCW weren't very good, as age and injuries started to take their inevitable toll.
    • His match with Flair at Starccade. Savage is basically wrestling with one arm tied behind his back (due to a torn muscle that he was working through) for what seems to be a giant middle finger to the dirtsheets. Hogan famously burned the copy of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reporting Savage’s injury and said that Dave Meltzer had been WORKED, BROTHER. Savage was then seen with his useless arm heavily wrapped and dangling limp at his side. Unfortunately this would be a common sight at Nitro, with various appendages shrinking and getting bandaged (he must have needed some serious bracing to even keep him standing), until even Macho's marks stopped being fazed by it.
    • Savage v. "Ed Brutus Booty Furface Barber Disciple Butcher Clipmaster Dizzy Golden Boulder Bruddah Bruti Zodiac Beefcake-Leslie" on an April 29th episode of Thunder. Not even Nitro — the B-Show. Post-match, Randy and his (three!) valets celebrated in the ring, overlooking the fact that it took interference from three bimbos to beat Ed Leslie of all people.
  • Crazy Awesome: During his feud with Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Savage actually let himself get bit by a (devenomized) snake.
    • Which then turned into a bit of Nightmare Fuel as the snake would not let go of Savage's arm despite Jake trying to get the snake off of him.
    • He reportedly joked that the snake got poisoned from biting him.
    • His promos were this. He might not have made much sense, but every promo he made had an intensity that few could match.
  • Critical Research Failure: Not Savage himself, but Slim Jim's. One of the Slim Jim's commercials showed him in high school in 1974. Savage made his professional debut in 1973, and would have been, at the most, 22 years old in 1974.
  • Dork Age:
    • The fact that he actually used the Village People's "Macho Man" as entrance music earlier in his career.
    • His stint as the "Macho King," complete with a crown and Sensational Queen Sherri by his side, is considered by many to be the low point in his WWE run. The promos were fun; the matches were not.
    • The 1999 Team Madness Savage as mentioned above is his WCW Dork Age.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The ending of this video, which was released months ago as a spoof.
    • The heartwarming courtship/marriage angle between Savage and Elizabeth, fondly remembered by many wrestling fans, was happening as their real life marriage was crumbling.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Savage's death happens on the same day the original Slim Jim factory closed down.
    • By the end of his WWF run Savage's onscreen persona became a frustrated Lion In Winter who was unhappy about being stuck in the broadcasting booth and wanted to keep wrestling. It wasn't an act and a fed up Savage ended up quitting over it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Randy Poffo baseball card, which reads on the back: "Has improved his swing by dropping his elbow." Can be viewed here.
  • The Lancer: Although they were never part of a traditional Five-Man Band, Savage fit the role of Lancer to Hulk Hogan's Hero pretty well
  • Memetic Mutation: The Where's Randy Savage? blog, which features images where the Macho Man's photoshopped into various scenes, such as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Predator and Star Wars - as well as various famous real life photographs.
    • Became something of an Ascended Meme when Randy Savage was actually spotted sitting in the crowd behind home base at a Mets game.
    • When there was the May 21, 2011 doomsday hoax, Randy Savage's death was allegedly responsible for "averting" the apocalypse. Hence, "Macho Man: he died for your sins!"
  • Memetic Badass: Due to the timing of his death, Savage is cited as having prevented the Rapture via Diving Elbow Drop on Jesus.
  • Memetic Molester: There was a wrestling urban legend which claimed that Savage was released from the WWF in 1994 because he raped a then-17-year-old Stephanie McMahon.
    Randy Savage: ...and, uh, Triple H, you already know that I'm gonna bitch-slap you, and take your girl, Stephanie McMahon!
  • Older Than They Think: Pampero Firpo used a drawn-out "OOOOH YEAHHH!" as his Catch Phrase long before Savage started using it.
  • So Bad, It's Good: His rap CD. It's been looked upon more favorably now that he's passed on.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: In interviews, a sober Randy looks and talks pretty much the same. Hard to believe isn't it?
    • Heel Randy, Queen Sherri, and Zeus in the same room. Macho always used to say Sherri had "the ingredient" of the "Cauldron of the Madness", which might well have been an eight ball of cocaine.