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Bijani: Remembering Randy “Macho Man” Savage

By SHAUN BIJANI
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Legendary wrestler Randy 'Macho Man' Savage died this morning in a car accident in Tampa, FL. He was 58.(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Legendary wrestler Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage died this morning in a car accident in Tampa, FL. He was 58.(Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

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Randy Savage, passed away last week at the age of 58, in a car accident after he had struck a tree on the side of the road in the Tampa Bay area. It is suspected that a heart attack caused him to lose control of his car. Many of course have speculated that his use of steroids when he was much younger may have contributed in a large way to his bad heart health.

There are certainly numbers and research that can prove steroids can cause heart failure etc. later on in life, but i don’t need to get into all that. I do however want to point out that out of the 51 people who participated in Wrestlemania 7, 14 have died since the event in 1991. Randy “Macho Man” Savage happened to have lived longer than all of them to this point. Of the 13 others that have lost their lives, none of them made it to their 50th birthday, 3 didn’t see their 40′s. Not all of the deaths can directly be attributed to steroid use, but the majority have. Nevertheless, those are just flat-out heartbreaking numbers aren’t they?

I know steroids are a terrible thing to become addicted to. It really is just like any drug, it destroys the insides of your body, and can totally jack with a person’s mind. However, I can’t wrap my mind around the thought of others who may have passed away due to steroid abuse, or drug abuse of any sort in professional wrestling, can you? (Remember, those deaths are only correlated to the event in 1991, what about other wrestlers who have died before or since?)

I ran across a video of Randy “Macho Man” Savage the other day, and wanted to share it with you. He was doing an appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1992, and it was the “Macho Man” doing his thing, entertaining, putting on a show for his fans, and while the “Macho Man” was an entertainer, and wrestling was fake, to me there was something in the interview that was just so real.

When he looks at the camera and tells kids to never do drugs/steroids, a big part of me thought, ‘boy this guy is really selling it’, but another part of me thought, ‘damn, this guy knows what he did and is probably doing, but maybe he just can’t quit the S@%T’.

Take a look for yourselves, at the very least, I think it’ll sure bring back some memories, at least it did for me.

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