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Bubsnaps1

I always assumed that he would have been one of the better wrestlers to run into on the street when he was still alive, he seemed to genuinely adore his fans


princesspeachespoopr

I met him at a toys for tots drive when I was a wee lad. If you donated a toy you got to meet him and Miss Elizabeth. My parents took me to the event and I was scared to meet him because he had been bitten by Jake the Snake’s snake and I was worried if I touched him it would poison me. He and Elizabeth calmed me down and picked me up in his massive arms for a photo. I wish I still had that picture, they were both such nice people to both myself and my parents.


ToxicBanana69

Some of the best wrestlers get to where they are because of the way they react to fans. Look at John Cena for an obvious example. Yes, you get the occasional dickhead like Ultimate Warrior, but most of them love interacting with the fans (on their own time, of course. Don’t go waiting for them at airports)


notmybannedaccount71

Kerry Von Erich got my mom addicted to cocaine but saved her dog from drowning once despite not having a foot. (He didn't, this would just be a good story)


TarryBuckwell

Kerry Von Erich is buried across the street from me!


Paranitis

Where the hell are *you* buried?!


Offamylawn

Across the street from Kerry Von Erich


Doris_zeer

do you have all your feet?


Namelessbob123

Isn’t he buried with his brothers? His whole family are quite the tragic story.


Ghstfce

Wasn't there like four Ultimate Warriors?


boygriv

Nope just one shitty, oddly homophobic one.


AlphaTangoFoxtrt

John Cena has done a lot of good, then he became John Xi-na


ExceptionEX

Look man, people can give him shit, but the fact is that china is 4 times the number of people as the US, roughly 1.4 billion people. And the movies and media that can be shown there are controlled heavily by their government. It's a no wonder why you don't see many people from Hollywood talking shit about china. I mean, I'm sure all the good people here, have never let an unjust word or opinion of their boss go unchecked right?


DGGuitars

I dunno he could be a multi multi millionaire without pleasing a dictatorship....so can all of these companies and other Hollywood names. I get that it's business but it's also people's lives. Though Xina does do a lot of good.


ExceptionEX

You think so? Who is going to make a movie, and cast an actor that is black listed in China? No one, same for television. China is a more profitable market than the US and studios aren't going to limit themselves because an actor, or at least not him Hell half the movies made today are made with direct Chinese investment. So sure, he could commit career suicide, but can we blame him for not? Just seems silly how many people think he is a bad guy for it.


DGGuitars

I dont know I think its a bad look but I dont just single him out. I cant stand when companies like Nike etc all do the same apologetic BS with China yet they are so politically involved everywhere else.


edgyallcapsname

Bing Chilling


phizmeister

Do you mean John Xina? The china apologist?


Dirks_Knee

I met Jake the Snake once, however it was around the time when that documentary was made and while he was happy to talk about the good old days all I could see was his sad reality.


bramblecult

I met Jake at a comic convention like right after he got better. I've gotten quite a few autographs but he was the best experience out of all of em. To be fair to the rest, it was late in the day and nobody was in his line but still. Second best was Robert Z'Dar. Saddest was rich flair. Got that one the same day as Jake's and he hadn't blown back up yet. Clearly seemed like he didn't want to be there.


battraman

Watching the Dark Side of the Ring about Jake makes me understand him a little more. It doesn't excuse all of the things he did but when you see the Hell he was raised in, I think it explains things.


Ghstfce

I met Ric Flair at the Charlotte Airport in one of the airport restaurants back in like I want to say 2008-2009 on a business trip coming back from Asheville. He was really nice but looked like beef jerky. Not a lot of people recognized him. I didn't at first, because I was only into wrestling as a kid in the early to mid 80s. But I was talking to him making regular conversation and he looked familiar. It wasn't until a kid came up with his dad for an autograph that I realized who he was.


LogicallyCross

He always looked like beef jerky.


myCatHateSkinnyPuppy

For what its worth, I met Jake in ‘89 or so at the grand opening of a gas station and, of course, I was terrified of him and his snake, Damien. As they tell the story, he hung out with my parents for a half hour and had them in hysterics from the stories he told. They love that story because they thought he was going to just be a dumb wrestler but he charmed his way into their wallet to buy me a shirt, which he signed and I still have.


harvest3155

He used to rent my friends snake for the show whenever it was in town. i always assumed he had his own and travelled with it. nope he would just go to local collectors and rent theirs.


Folsomdsf

Yes and no, they did have a 'main snake' but as you guess it snakes don't travel very well. It wasn't local collectors they got the snakes from usually, they had a particular person that supplied them in Connecticut for shows. So there were a few snakes and they rotated them, so they did 'travel' with them, it was just a lot more snakes.


eipotttatsch

He seems to be in a lot better place mentally these days. He’s got sone health issues apparently, but he seems really happy whenever you see him anywhere.


xtrsports

His appearance on the JRE was insane. Soo many emotions.


wiggle987

Ngl, I got half way down the story to double check you weren't /u/shittymorph, but it was a lovely ending at least!


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antsugi

There's no way he'd show up in a comment thread on a wrestling post, that'd be too obvious... He's right above me, isn't he?


wiggle987

BAH GAWD


princesspeachespoopr

That’s a pretty high compliment that I’ll gladly take. Not to mention u/shittymorph put the awards on my comment. By the way, thanks for those.


TossYourCoinToMe

He is always watching


puckit

Man, the two most terrifying things of my childhood was Savage getting bitten by that snake and Papa Shango putting a hex on The Ultimate Warrior. Back then, you couldn't tell me wrestling was fake.


emperorOfTheUniverse

Sad ending for Miss Elizabeth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Elizabeth#Later_life


queryquest

> Luger had a 9mm Luger handgun in the car Lex really committed to his character


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princesspeachespoopr

Lost to time and family tragedy, unfortunately.


tenbatsu

What a wholesome story, u/princesspeachespoopr!


DELINQ

It was a treat to see him at an early screening for Spider-Man in 2002. He didn't drop kayfabe, but he was so excited for the movie that the act slipped a bit. It was *adorable*. Unless you'd been following the spidermanhype.com forums, his presence there was a mystery, as it was just a radio station promo and not the premiere. He was largely left alone before it started, but there was a huge cheer when he shows up onscreen and we hear "Bone Saw is Readyyyy!" When the movie ended, he was holding court in the lobby, and all the too-cool L.A. people were now fawning over him. He graciously ate it up, and it was a wonder to behold.


Kuark17

My dad spotted him for a bench press one day, apparently he was not in character and just a nice enough guy


seanlee888

Strong men also cry...


furtive

Brandt will fill you in on the details.


AntennaBoy

her life is in your hands Dude...


Fuck_auto_tabs

Man why’d you have to say that?


Stu_Pididiot

You mind if I do a J?


hornwalker

I'll suck your cock for a $1000


JelliedHam

Brandt can't watch though


CSpiffy148

Or he has to pay $100.


MouthPoop

I’m just gonna go find a cash machine.


ck17350

It's gonna cost you more than that.


BaconIsFrance

AhhhhHahahahaha Youneverwenttocollege


ThatAssholeCop

Might alone is not strength, and compassion is not weakness.


stubept

Like the cream, he rises to the top. Oh, yeah!


rockne

[YOUR MUSTACHE IS CROOKED!](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZIcWlPLvCs)


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alchmst1259

If there was a Guinness record for "being on the most cocaine on national television," [Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan](https://youtu.be/rDWalFmERhY) would definitely hold the record.


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jl_theprofessor

That's what makes Gene a legend. He was such a pure straight man to these over the top personalities.


YourBrotherDave

A true professional. I would be dying of laughter.


Ricky_Rollin

When I was a child I thought Gene was insane to keep interviewing these people who looked like they were gonna tear his head off in every interview. I thought he was so brave because of that.


barkomed

Dude. Same.


Ricky_Rollin

Ha glad I’m not the only one. I would seriously get this pit in my stomach and feel so worried for him when it seemed like they were getting really angry.


Dreadnaught666

Dude, Warrior would give them a HARD run for their money.


alchmst1259

It's true


justjoosh

There's a story of Vince McMahon and Hulk getting the first script for the movie No Holds Barred and not liking it so they stayed in a hotel room for 2 days and rewrote it completely. Can you imagine the cocaine?


aBeaSTWiTHiNMe

Jesus Christ I'm cranked up just watching that. OH YEAH.


Latinhouseparty

The story I heard was Gene was into coke more than any of them.


Doris_zeer

you don't need to be gene or a wrestler to like coke. ask me how i know


Amasterclass

*not enough coke


terriblestoryteller

Rumor has it Doctors once found blood in Macho Man's Coke stream.


Tigerpride84

This made my day, thsnks


BlueChamp10

[macho man and steak](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6DTVZwNRQI)


Platypuslord

Both of them were national treasures.


Active_Alternative_2

Man that one truly is one of the best interviews ever oh, yeah!


Noimnotonacid

I want to do the amount of coke he did before that monologue


YouAreNotABard549

Don’t be so hard on yourself, at least do a key bump.


schnellzer

I would not recommended this. Macho Man, Chris Farley and Stevie Nicks are know as the "Holy Trinity" among the upper echelons of the coke-appreciating elite. Attempting to match their pace has brought legendary party animals to their knees more than once. If you don't personally party with Randy so frequently that you would never have to question the volumes involved, then I am certain you wouldn't make it 30 minutes into his Tuesday afternoon still breathing.


noobvin

The Macho Man was a good dude.


YourMomSaidHi

Oh yeah!


Tuf_Line

..had the last reputation laugh over Hogan


boygriv

Anything with Macho Man is money to this day, whereas at the 2021 Wrestlemania, anytime Hogan appeared on the big screen the entire crowd booed... And he was hosting so it was all night.


hukgrackmountain

neither of them were great people. Macho Man was emotionally abusive towards his wife. Hogan is a racist who also treats his family like shit. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.


Unspoken

Man people on reddit really just want things to be black and white.


boygriv

Hogan: I don't know about the black part, brother.


HelRayzer12

Macho definitely had his demons and wasn't perfect but he still was a good person.


Tuf_Line

True, but I think Randy learned from his days with Liz and grew


hukgrackmountain

total speculation but randy seemed a broken man at the end of his road before he died. Not someone with a new lease on life whose grown. DDP is one of the few people who seems to have made a strong effort to be a positive influence after wrestling. I don't know that the guy is an angel and I'm sure he's a dick at times, but man helped jake the snake get clean despite jake's best efforts.


LukeSniper

>total speculation but randy seemed a broken man at the end of his road before he died. Not someone with a new lease on life whose grown. Yeah... that does indeed sound like total speculation The last few years of his life were spent married to his old high school sweetheart, raising dogs, and burying the hatchet on all his old grudges. https://syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/1643969-the-final-days-of-randy-macho-man-savage.amp.html Yeah, Randy had some really difficult years in the early 2000s. But by all accounts he found a great deal of peace in the last few years of his life.


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BowwwwBallll

Luger has had a complete turnaround after his conversion and his later stroke.


whiskeytango55

He saved us from the Mayan apocalypse


xHypno

NOTHING MEANS NOTHING


lightheat

_UNJUSTIFIABLY IN A POSITION I'D RATHER NOT BE IN_


el_diablo_immortal

*ON BALANCE, OFF BALANCE, DOESN'T MATTER I'M BETTER THAN YOU ARE, YEAAH*


Toxikomania

"Nothing means nothing" what do you mean by that?


CrimsonPhantom922

It was a line in one of the wrestling promos he did, youtube that line and you’ll find the video. It’s truly amazing, Macho Man had great charisma.


Toxikomania

Oh I know that was the line Mean Gene said after Randy starts the interview :D


CrimsonPhantom922

LOL, ah I’m slow, I forgot Gene followed up with that. I should have know better, I’ve watched that promo like 10 times lol


EditingAndLayout

OOOOH YEAH [Here's an album of all the Macho Man Randy Savage gifs I've made.](https://imgur.com/gallery/6kYed)


forman98

This album brought me back 5 or 6 years when you and someone else had it out in a thread with wrestling gifs.


UncleTwinkleToes

Oh man. What a fun time that was. Because of you I was texting with my friends entirely with macho man gifs


EditingAndLayout

lol awesome


setsukun

EditingAndLayout's GIFs are a mood.


Ha55aN1337

How does my boomer ass save these on my iphone?


drislands

Oh hell yeah. Thanks for this! I remember when you posted a lot of these, having them all in one place is fantastic 😍


Twelvey

These are all just lovely. Thank you.


Roddy0608

Here he is on a British children's television show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mtjSLhl6yc


Primetime22

At [8:20](https://youtu.be/_mtjSLhl6yc?t=500) he's asked what he thinks of accusations of pro wrestling being fake and I think he actually gives a really cool answer.


Byrdsthawrd

That is actually a really good answer. I never knew the Macho man was such an articulate person. Def increases my already high opinion of him. OH YEAHHHHHHHH


xigua22

Should have pulled a Haku and bit the kids nose off. https://prowrestling.net/artman/publish/WWE/article10021070.shtml


Cooter_McGrabbin

I think thats the first time I've ever seen him without sunglasses on.


aSpookyScarySkeleton

Yeah I was surprised by how, not intense his eyes were. Idk why I was expecting some crazed glare 🤔


CreativePoole

This made my day. My childhood came rushing back.


j33205

the crew loosing it to "and 14 days later...the snake died", fucking great


gerwen

That was so damn wholesome! Charisma just dripping off him while interacting with anyone, including kids and puppets. What a Legend.


essendoubleop

I dig it.


MisterMan007

My Macho Man story: So, it was about 1986-1987. I was 10 or so, living on Staten Island. Me and my stepfather go to the local video store, which is basically like the one in Clerks. They all were back then. My stepfather was friends with the clerk there and when we came in he told us to go in the back with him. He wanted to introduce us to a friend of his. So we go back there and he introduces us to a guy named Randy Savage. He’s just leaning against a desk or something and just wearing jeans and a t-shirt, his hair tied into a ponytail. My stepfather shakes his hand and introduces us while I’m staring at him trying to work out if he really is THE Macho Man Randy Savage. I mean, he looked like he was just a normal guy. So I ask him, are you the real Macho Man? He looks down at me and goes OH YEAH! And sure nuff it’s him. My jaw hits the floor and the adults just continued talking. I don’t remember much after that point.


Suburban_Sasquach

I'm crying in the club RN


TossYourCoinToMe

That's the alcohol mixed with a little bit of trauma. Or is it a little bit of alcohol mixed with a lot of trauma? I can't remember


Paranitis

Can't remember? Sounds like the alcohol is working its magic!


Dirks_Knee

Surprisingly nuanced response.


PillowTalk420

God I fucking miss Randy.


SlimyPurpleMeteor

I miss being a kid and watching the WWF and NWA/WCW. That was quality entertainment imo.


Th1sd3cka1ntfr33

Yeah, I went to therapy. My therapist said I'm OCD, one cool dude, oh Yeah!- my favorite line of all time lol


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derekjoel

And every drug.


TorgoTheWhite

I hope Macho Man Randy Savage is skiing on a mountain of cocaine in heaven


Debass

Well you gotta give it to him. This doesn't seem easy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMU0kq0RuOY


salamandraseis

I wouldn't have wanted to share a toilet with him, but a few cold beers for sure.


Funkiebunch

I was going to say I’d love to snort a rail of coke with him


VymI

I don't think any cocaine in that dude's vicinity lasted very long, lmao


BINGODINGODONG

Whoever said cocaine doesnt do anyone good, never met Macho Man Randy Savage.


LectroRoot

Why not both? Snort rails off the toilet together!


stevenmoreso

Time to slither with the snakes, oh yeeeyah


dont_shoot_jr

It’s not crying that makes Randy Savage Macho, Randy Savage is macho because of how he snaps back after he cries, oh yeah!!!


DrTautology

What a fucking legend.


Capt_Schmidt

holy shit. was macho man randy savage, more woke than the public was ready for during his era? holy fucking shit


alchmst1259

Absolutely. At the beginning of this interview Arsenio moves the table out of the way to see his boots, going "Wait a minute, wait a minute, you got a a white boot, you got a black boot, you got your belt-" Randy's response: "I'm not a racist. Live and let live Arsenio, don't put me under the gun so quickly."


TheGillos

Coming into the 90s there was a common idea of the "new man" or "man of the 90s" that was strong, but unlike the action heroes of the past he could show a sensitive side. A nurturing side. He was able to express his emotions and still be considered a Macho Man, oh yeah!


Hawkeye77th

[Snap into a Slim Jim!](https://youtu.be/UV17XYCzkWU)


geekphreak

Loved his intensity growing up. 80s wrestling was the shit


Thendofreason

He doesn't cry. He creams. And then rises to the top


_LifeisNow_

I’ll never get over the fact that that is his real voice


Gunship_unelite

the macho man is not a character. the only other person in the business who can top him is vince. vince is even worse when the cameras are off from what ive heard.


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zombie32killah

Pretty much the same


Remnants

It's pretty similar, he just pushes on his voice harder to get that strained effect when he's performing.


_LifeisNow_

Oh wow! All I had ever seen led me to believe that no matter how unlikely he did in fact talk “macho”. Thanks for setting me straight


Hashtagbarkeep

Imagine - ooh yeah - imagine being able TO SPEAK like the macho man


JokersRWildStudios

Macho Man was such more cooler and talented than Hulk Hogan it’s not even close.


Mackem101

He also happily put over other wrestlers. Would Hogan happily drop a championship to a Ricky Steamboat level character?


backdoorwolf

You mean to tell me there's a whole other stratosphere Macho Man?


ugmold

Surprising advice from the Macho Man, however I like when he is wicked agitated better.


backattack88

STRONG WOMAN!


Street-Chain

Ohhh yeah!


Fellers

He's made many appearances but he always seems to be 10x cooler when he's on Arsenio's show.


ExceptionEX

It's impressive to deliver that sort of wisdom, and openness during that time period, and to do it on that much cocaine is amazing.


SK1D_M4RK

Please do not let your tears distract you from the fact that on May 20th 2011, Randy Savage threw Jesus Christ off his throne, and plummeted 16 ft through a sacrament table to prevent the 2012 rapture.


km9v

Now I need a Slim Jim


chesterforbes

Only when he can’t snap into a Slim Jim


dtrumpler

Dig it


NJShadow

Preach it, brotha'!


Bpump1337

This macho man might start crying too 🥹


PurveyorOfKnowledge0

Now this was a cool dude. Did his own insanely wild thing but always had principles and those were principles you could always get behind on some level.


AMISHVACUUM

What a class act


trimpdogg

Where is u/shittymorph when you need him


jacktucky

Sounds like Bigfoot it is


Not_A_Human_1105

He does, Spider-Man made fun of his outfit that his husband made him.


mltain

He was soooo cool, they still use him on the Slim Jim boxes.


gameonlockking

Heather Swanson before the transition.


klayb

Literally a visionary man for his time, a legend for sure


DarthPapercut

For the Avatar the Last Airbender fans, The Boulder is based on Macho man. "The Boulder feels conflicted about fighting a young blind girl."


noodlon

... I guess you've never heard of the rock?


CutterJohn

Seems like an amalgamation of the two. The Boulder is clearly a Rock reference, but that voice is pure Macho Man.


badmartialarts

And voiced by Mick Foley, aka Cactus Jack/Mankind/Mick Foley.


Mackem101

I think you forgot Dude Love.


DarthPapercut

You are correct. I always thought the border was inspired by macho man. TIL it was the Rock: [https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/axugz4/til_that_in_avatar_the_last_airbender_the_boulder/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf](https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/axugz4/til_that_in_avatar_the_last_airbender_the_boulder/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf)


Bob_Juan_Santos

SHUT UP, "THE PEBBLE"!!!!


Korzag

r/OldSchoolCool


okcboomer87

Too bad he was an abusive piece of shit and this was all just his character.


SirJonnyCat

So is Dr Disrespects persona somewhat based off Macho Man Randy Savage? If you take away the voice they seem very similar, I guess minus the coke as well.


OneOfALifetime

Not even remotely close.


RCFORCEX

que bueno rola papu


FreshFuckingFish

Lmaoo 😂😂😂


notMcLovin77

Real heartfelt moment from the Macho, the heart is the strongest muscle


HelRayzer12

He is literally one of the greatest wrestlers of all time!


thedvshowpodcast

I still say this is Dog the bounty hunter early in his career...he just doesn't want to admit it


40moreyears

Damn he was awesome. Never met the man, but I miss him.