Randy “Macho Man” Savage dies at age 58

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By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

Former WWE world champion Randy “Macho Man” Savage — who was known for his colorful ring attire, successful career in the heyday of the 1980s professional wrestling explosion and at least one very memorable commercial endorsement — died of an apparent heart attack while driving in Florida on Friday. He as 58.

Savage, born Randy Poffo, was a two-time WWE heavyweight champ, and his match with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat for the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania III is considered one of the greatest matches in the history of wrestling’s premiere event. He was a high-flying main event performer alongside Hulk Hogan in the late 1980s glory days of the WWE (then WWF) with his wife and ringside valet Miss Elizabeth often by his side.

Before he was a professional wrestler, he briefly played minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds organizations before he turned to his family’s business after an injury. His father, Angelo Poffo, was a wrestler and his brother, Lanny, also was a WWE performer best remembered as “The Genius.”

While Savage never appeared on a baseball card in the Beckett.com database, he does appear on 103 different cards as a wrestler. He has two certified  autographs — a 1994 Action Packed autographed promo card limited to just 500 copies and a card in the 1999 Topps WCW/nWo wrestling set, which typically sells for $150 or less.

One of his memorable commercial endorsements came outside the ring was for Slim Jim snacks where his gravelly voice and high-energy personality made “Ohhhhh yeah” and “Snap into a Slim Jim!” a part of the cultural lexicon.

Savage had not performed for the WWE since 1994 when he moved to Ted Turner‘s World Championship Wrestling where he was a four-time champ. He has largely been out of the wrestling spotlight completely since 1999. He did appear in the first Spider-Man movie — as a wrestler — and had made several appearances on television shows and low-budget films after his career ended.

Because Savage has largely off the wrestling radar — he just recently signed a deal to appear on toys with the WWE — he hasn’t appeared on any trading cards since 1999. Because of that, he has zero memorabilia cards and a limited amount of memorabilia available.

Despite the new WWE deal, a Topps official confirmed on Friday afternoon that Savage will not be appearing on any new WWE cards at this time.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Posted May 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Extremely sad day for the Macho fans

  2. Posted May 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    ooooohhhhhhhhhh yeah.rip

  3. Bobito
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    You gave us some of the best matches in your lifetime, we will remember you!! Rest In Peace Macho Man!

  4. BigT314
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Very Sad day indeed. RIP Macho Man!

  5. Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    First Larry Sweeney, now Savage. Quite an odd combo in a row considering that Savage was Sweeneys idol. Wrestling deaths are the norm but these past 2 have been impactful.

  6. mlimon
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I can still remember the macho man climbing on to the ropes holding his hands up and delivering the crushing high flying elbow, no one could do it better or match his classy style ohh yea baby the macho man Randy Savage.

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