Met him. Interviewed him. A career highlight. Rest in peace to the best wrestling personality of my childhood…and ever.
I became a pro-wrestling fan thanks to Cyndi Lauper’s “The Goonies R Good Enough” music video, which featured various World Wrestling Federation superstars making hilarious cameo appearances. Drawn in by the quirkiness of it all, I quickly became a fan of the WWF (now WWE) men in tights. I couldn’t wait to see what Bobby “The Brain” Heenan or “Rowdy” Roddy Piper would say or what opponent (and turnbuckle) George “The Animal” Steele would devour next. Right from the get-go, however, two stars resonated most with me. Obviously, no child of the 1980s could live his life without idolizing Hulk Hogan. I was no different – a true Hulkamaniac who even tried making a few protein shakes. But “the Hulkster” wasn’t my only idol. Randy “Macho Man” Savage sucked me in with his wrestling style, unpredictable behavior, and even more impressive mic skills (the lovely Miss Elizabeth didn’t hurt either. Before long, I had his T-shirt, a 7-Eleven “Big Gulp” with his caricature on it, and even tried snapping into a Slim Jim no matter how gross they tasted.