In an era dominated by two of wrestling’s most towering personas—Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair—“Macho Man” Randy Savage refused to take a back seat, refused to settle as the trimming to two superstars. Behind enthralling theatrics, technical expertise, and a gruff voice as thundering as his arena antics, the Columbus-born Savage became the megastar, the main event.
For more than a decade in the mid 1980s through the 90s, Randy Savage reigned atop wrestling, beginning with arguably the greatest wrestling match ever: WrestleMania III. From his ally-enemy relationship with Hogan to his feuds with Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat and Diamond Dallas Page among others, Savage enlivened and shifted the dynamics of the WWF, WCW, and WWE, all while racking up six world championship titles. Pump up that “Pomp and Circumstance,” and pay homage to the fan-favorite, to a résumé rife with championships—20 to be exact—and to the G.O.A.T. The cream always rises to the top.