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A 'Steel Cage' tribute to the 'Macho Man'

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Pro wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage arrives at the premiere of the film "Spider-Man" in Los Angeles on April 29, 2002. Photo Credit: Getty Images File, 2002

On "Raw" this past Monday night, the show opened with a picture of  “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Many in the crowd had “Oooooh yea” signs, and I even saw some colorful cowboy hats and outlandish sunglasses. All signatures of the legendary career Savage had.

The telecast also featured a very nice tribute video to Savage with some of his top moments in the WWE. When I watched this video I realized that these are not only highlights of Savage, but many of these matches and moments are a highlight reel for the entire history of the WWE.

His wedding to the beautiful Miss Elizabeth. His feud with Hulk Hogan. The classic match against Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat at Wrestlemania III in front of more than 93,000 fans. All huge moments for the Macho Man and defining moments for the WWE. That’s how good Savage was. That’s how much he meant to the WWE in the late 1980s. He skyrocketed to prominence just as the WWE made an impact nationally.

It’s a shame that Savage never got the credit he deserved until after he stepped out of the spotlight following his run in WCW. It has been a blast to read wrestling message boards to hear ordinary people talk about their personal encounters with him and the first time they heard him speak. It was especially fun to read comments from people who are no longer fans of the WWE but took the time to post something about what the Macho Man meant to their childhood.

I may be biased, but my favorite Macho Man recollection came from a commenter on this blog by 18karat:

"He made me closer to my Son, who loved wrestling. I couldn't care less, but I bought tickets so him and I could go see the matches together and watch Randy "do his thing." My Son was THRILLED and I was in heaven watching him pointing that sponge hand in the air hoot'en and holler'en. Man, it felt like yesterday. Thanks Randy for giving me a memorable moment with my Son. What's better than that. "

Unfortunately, the outpouring of love and support doesn’t come until after someone dies. We’re all guilty of it. To say that I was very proactive in watching YouTube clips of the Macho Man over the past few years would be a lie. I never even dedicated a blog post to him here. But it was good to know that he was out there living life to the fullest, Oohh yea. RIP Macho Man. Enjoy the video. 

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