Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Four Years Gone

Four years ago today, the "Macho Man" Randy Savage had a heart attack behind the wheel in Pinellas County, FL and crashed into a tree. His wife, Barbara Payne, was in the passenger seat, but she survived. His death came at an apparent end of his hibernation from wrestling and the thawing of his chilly relationship with WWE, and the surreality of it all is that he is more a presence in the business after his death than he was in his final years. Savage was the rare wrestler who stayed away from an industry whose siren call is all too strong.

While he remains one of wrestling's most perplexing personalities and fantastic wrestlers ever, he will mostly be remembered for his manic interviews, especially with "Mean" Gene Okerlund. The man defined unpredictability when he had a microphone in his face. The following promo may not be his most memorable one, but it certainly has so much packed into a minute of run-time. Between prop comedy, Okerlund's reactions, and the FREAKOUT at the end, it remains one of Savage's more interesting moments outside a ring but while the cameras were rolling. Rest in peace, Randy.