One year anniversary of the passing of Randy Savage
May 20, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck
In case you missed Jamie’s This Day in Wrestling History, today marks the one year anniversary of the passing of Randy Savage…
One year ago today, the wrestling world lost former WWF, WCW, AWA and USWA Champion ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage at the age of 58. Savage actually started his sporting career in baseball, playing minor league in the St Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox farm systems. He began wrestling in the 1973 off-season, initially wrestling as ‘The Spider’ before adopting the ‘Randy Savage’ persona at the suggestion of promoter Ole Anderson. By 1974, he had abandoned his baseball career to wrestle full-time and soon began wrestling for his father’s ICW promotion, where he and brother Lanny became two of the top stars. After the demise of ICW, Savage moved to Jerry Lawler’s CWA promotion, quickly becoming a major star there as well. In 1985, the WWF came calling and he debuted as ‘the top free agent in pro wrestling’. Less than a year later, he had won his first and only WWF Intercontinental Title while also holding two countout victories over WWF Champion Hulk Hogan. From 1987 to 1989, Hogan and Savage teamed together as ‘The Mega Powers’, during which time he won his first WWF Title, holding it for a little over a year before losing it to Hogan (who he had recently turned on) at WrestleMania V. After two years of competing as ‘The Macho King’, Savage was defeated by The Ultimate Warrior in a Retirement Match at WrestleMania VII, following which he became an announcer. After his memorable in-ring wedding to Miss Elizabeth, Savage was goaded into a return by Jake Roberts who he defeated in a feud lasting through to February 1992. At that year’s WrestleMania, he won his second and final WWF Title by defeating Ric Flair, losing the title back to Flair in September. Savage began to wrestle less often, becoming a color commentator when Monday Night Raw began in January 1993, eventually leaving the promotion for WCW in 1994. On debut in WCW, Savage resumed his feud with Flair, trading the WCW World Title with him through to 1996. After initially fighting against the nWo, Savage joined the group in 1997, winning his third WCW Title, before joining Kevin Nash’s nWo Wolfpac. In 1998, Savage took time off, returning to lead his ‘Team Madness’ group to a fourth and final WCW Title before leaving the promotion in 2000. Savage took a break from wrestling, appearing in ‘Spider-Man’ and releasing a rap album before an ill-fated spell with TNA in 2004-5. Savage retired from wrestling in 2005 after several appearances for Harley Race’s WLW. Savage died after suffering a heart attack at the wheel of his Jeep. It was later discovered that he had advanced coronary artery disease.