Nathan Birch at Uproxx celebrates one of the greatest characters in professional wrestling (and 1980s-90s popular culture in general) who tragically passed three years ago today. So snap into a Slim Jim and enjoy!
While the spotlight never shone quite as brightly on Savage as it did on his friend and great rival, Hulk Hogan, it’s hard to think of another man who personified pro wrestling (specifically 80s pro wrestling) so completely. Ask the average person to imagine a pro wrestler and a good portion of them will immediately summon up memories of fringed jackets, kaleidoscope cowboy hats and promos cut by a man who sounds like he’s halfway through passing a kidney stone. Randy Savage was wrestling, and his life was as improbable, conflicted and frequently amazing as the sport itself.