Mr. Jolly's Blog

While I'm guessing I won't be the only person to blog about it today, Randy Savage's death is a sad one for me, because it hits on a deeper level than the typical celebrity passing due to my childhood.

Much like the passing of Mr. Rogers years ago while I was in college, Macho Man was a central figure in my younger years, because he was my favorite wrestler and wrestling was a big part of my time spent on televised entertainment when I was young.

Much has been written about his flamboyance in the ring and how he attained the ultimate goal in advertising by being infinitely attached to an everyday object until the end of time. But if you'll indulge me, I'm going to ramble on a bit on what I thought my favorite sports entertainer did for me.

While a few on FN may know, I'm a gigantic film buff. So much so, that numerous times on any given week, I find myself in a conversation that is miles deeper than whatever film or thespian it revolves around should probably be.

You also may guess by my constant changes of avatars, that I'm an equally massive comic book geek.

I state both these things, because it's my opinion that while the hero is often the central figure of films or written fiction, it's the villain who almost always will ultimately take the medium to it's level of rememberance.

And nobody in pro wrestling, while I was a child, made this more evident than Savage. While I was too young to realize it at the time, I believe that one's mind records things and holds their lessons in the subconscious until that person is old enough to realize how it molded their opinions.

In this case, Savage was the most gifted villain in the late 80s/early 90s for WWE. Whether it was Steamboat, Hogan, Warrior, etc... Savage not only made up for lack of ring capabilty in his rivals (Hogan/Warrior), but also created a level of villain that would hold up with both those "faces" who, at their peak, were as big as any wrestler before or after in popularity.

He was so awesome at this, that it's almost easy to forget how well he was able to turn it around and become the "face" for WCW against the NWO early on. And than take it to Hollywood Hogan after he joined the black/white gang.

Much has been written about Macho's issues with WWE, which explains why I've watched Duggan and Koko B. Ware go into their HOF, while Savage remains out (of course, I think it's the easiest bet in 2011/12 that he gets in this coming year). Despite the lameness of how that will come about, I'm still happy that it will happen.

I haven't followed pro wrestling in any regularity since about 2000, but I know I saw countless performers and just as many dramatic storylines.

In the end, Savage remained my favorite and it's a sad day for my childhood memories.

RIP Macho Man


May 20, 2011  03:34 PM ET

Very well said. RIP.

May 20, 2011  03:35 PM ET

I was stunned when I saw the news today. He was a truly great wrestler and if he isn't the headliner of the 2011/12 class, I'll be shocked and upset

RIP Savage

May 20, 2011  03:35 PM ET

also, excellently written

May 20, 2011  03:36 PM ET

nice tribute.

May 20, 2011  03:38 PM ET

Well written, Jolly.

RIP Macho Man

May 20, 2011  03:39 PM ET

Very Nice.

May 20, 2011  03:41 PM ET

you beat PCH to it!!!

May 20, 2011  03:41 PM ET

You're a Macho Man, Jolly.

Well written.

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May 20, 2011  04:03 PM ET

Very well done Jolly. RIP Randy Savage.

May 20, 2011  07:59 PM ET

"Oooooooooooooh Yeeeah."

The late 80s/early 90s was the pinnacle of wrestling, IMO. Part of that is due to my age and the nostalgia factor - and part of that is due to the great villains like Jolly mentions who were at their best during that pre-"Attitute era" --- Savage, Flair, Mr. Perfect, Ric Martel (lol), Jesse Ventura calling the action...)

RIP Macho Man.

May 20, 2011  08:03 PM ET

I hope everybody know the "Genius" who was w/ Mr. Perfect.. you know.. is Macho's brother..

"Leaping" Lanny Poffo (brother of Randall Mario "Savage" Poffo)

May 20, 2011  08:06 PM ET

I hope everybody know the "Genius" who was w/ Mr. Perfect.. you know.. is Macho's brother..

"Leaping" Lanny Poffo

May 21, 2011  12:42 AM ET

Macho and Flair were some classics to say the least.. WWF and WCW

Whether it's WWE or TNA (now Impact Wrestling), none of the current heels can hold a candle to the ones of the 80's. Macho Man and the Million Dollar Man were two of my all-time favorite heels growing up as a kid.

RIP Randy Savage

May 21, 2011  12:44 PM ET

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What's your opinion on Macho Man?

May 21, 2011  03:22 PM ET

What's your opinion on Macho Man?

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May 21, 2011  04:37 PM ET

Well done, an enjoyable read.....

May 21, 2011  07:03 PM ET

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May 21, 2011  07:03 PM ET

Good blog Mr Jolly.


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