Day 34 – Randy Savage is Your Uber Driver
Randy “Macho Man” Savage is one of the iconic figures of the WWF years of professional wrestling. I watched him in countless Saturday Night Main Event matches, Royal Rumble, Survivor Series, and of course Wrestlemanias. He died of a heart attack in 2011, but had retired from wrestling in 2004. A couple of years prior to leaving the ring, Savage started to land a number of small acting roles – the biggest such role was playing the wrestler “Bonesaw McGraw”, wrestling Peter Parker in 2002’s Spider-Man. It was while filming his match against Spidey that he suffered what would be his most distressing injury. Randy insisted upon doing his own stunts (at the age of 50), and the stunt which caused the injury required multiple takes (seen below, at 3:27). His family said he went through a lot of physical therapy, but his neck and back were never the same.
Prior to wrestling, Randy Poppo was a promising young baseball player who spent a chunk of the 1970’s in minor league affiliation with the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox. But when his ball playing career fizzled before he made the big leagues, Randy made the transition into professional wrestling. Aside from career highlights, there are also plenty of stories (from guys like George “The Animal” Steele) about how possessive Randy was with his wife (and “manager”) Miss Elizabeth – not flattering stuff, especially for a guy who oozed aggression and played at violence for entertainment. But hey, there’s funny voices to make. So…
Today’s episode 34 of the 100 Voices in 100 Days project, I’m snapping into a Slim Jim to bring you my Macho Man Randy Savage impression.