The results are finally in on beloved wrestler Randy “Macho Man” Savage's autopsy. The corner's report found a degenerative heart condition, which led to a massive cardiac attack, which led to the car accident. None of this changes the overall outcome, but it's still nice to know there was nothing reckless that led to the crash. A small amount of alcohol and hydrocodone did show up on the toxicology report, but none of the substances even approached the level where they could have played a factor.
According to TMZ, Savage's brother told the news source immediately after the crash that he thought it was a heart attack, but until now, his words were unsubstantiated.
The first wrestling pay per view I ever ordered was Wrestlemania X. I'd been watching steadily for a few months prior, but Bret Hart and Yokozuna were really the stars of the WWF at the time. I only had a vague knowledge of who the Macho Man was, but that all changed after he put on what's still one of my favorite matches of all-time. Buried somewhere in the middle of the bill, he wrestled Crush in a falls count anywhere match, and the two vicious men put on a hell of a show. At one point, Savaged pinned his opponent and then tied him upside down to a weight machine for good measure. It might as well have been Shakespeare to my six year old mind.
Over the next few years, I went back and watched all the old Wrestlemanias. Throughout, Randy Savage stood head and shoulders above the rest. His interviews were a flood of nonsensical aggression. His matches were acrobatic, marathon contests, and his passion showed through in every elbow drop.
I know wrestling gets a bad rap around some parts, but like with any other profession, you can always spot the greats within a few seconds. Randy “Macho Man” Savage was born to be a wrestler. Were he a few decades young, he'd be just as mesmerizing and well-respected as an entertainer today.
Happy trails, buddy. The world has been a much less flamboyant place since you left us.