Remembering the Macho Man – Randy Savage
The Macho Man Randy Savage is an image branded so clearly in my memory, that it seems like only yesterday I was watching him leap from the top turnbuckle on my mom and dad’s 25” color console television—but that was 30 years ago. So much has changed since my brother and I were practicing flying elbows on each other off of the corners of our twin beds. (Disclaimer: anything that said, Do Not Try This At Home, we immediately tried at home, but hey, it was the 80’s.)
The Macho Man was a prominent figure in the Reimbold house. Besides being a favorite of the brothers Reimbold, you could often catch our dad getting in on the act too. I never heard him quote any other wrestler (sorry guys), but he’d often let out an “Oh Yeah” when the time was right. It was a fun time back then, but then we all grew up. My brother and I discovered new interests (girls), and the Macho Man moved on too. Years later, and by the time I was watching wrestling with my son, the Macho Man was scarce, and then he was gone.
Fast forward many more years (my son is now 16) – On New Year’s Day, 2015, my fiancé surprised me with the recently released DVD set of you guessed it, the Macho Man Randy Savage. Needless to say, it was a Macho New Year’s. I made it through the entire set that day, but the documentary that proceeded the two other discs of wrestling was most fascinating. As strong a character as the Macho Man was, I realized I knew almost nothing about Randy Poffo the man.
It turned out that Randy’s heart was even bigger than is muscles. He was a man who cared about his family. He was a man who cared about those less fortunate than him, and he also worked with children. However, beyond the pomp and circumstance (pun intended) of his wrestling personality, he was a very private individual. Like all of us, he experienced his share of disappointments and loss, but he took hardship in stride and always maintained his dignity and integrity. He inspired us, and hopefully we fans inspired him as well.
Randy Savage was indeed macho, but let’s not forget he was also a man—oh yeah.
The Macho Man Randy Savage is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.