After a car accident claimed the life of Randy “Macho Man” Savage last Friday, many pro-wrestlers have publicly paid tributes to the wrestling great and have shared details about the “man, the myth, the legend”. Since his retirement from pro-wrestling in early 2005, Randy Savage disappeared from the wrestling spotlight. According to many who knew him well, Savage embraced a quiet life away from all the fame and stardom. Some wrestlers even claimed that Randy became a “recluse”, who was very wealthy as his “thrifty” lifestyle allowed him to slip away from the wrestling world. On Monday, wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes detailed the last few years of Savage’s life to Yahoo! Sports:
“I could see it in his eyes … he just didn’t want to do it (wrestle anymore). Obviously, he was financially set. Out of all of us from that era, [Ric] Flair, Hogan, Andre, myself, how many of us walked away. One.”
Rhodes would go on to compare Savage’s last 5 years to Howard Hughes who was a notorious recluse. Hughes was one of the wealthiest men in the world during his lifetime. However, during the late years of his life, he became a recluse and hid inside hotels he purchased to “hide away” from the world. Although Savage, was not as “reclusive” as Hughes to the world, he definitely was finished with the pro-wrestling spotlight. Rhodes who lived close by to Savage, said he hadn’t seen him in 5 years. For more on Rhodes comments to Yahoo! Sports’ Dave Meltzer click here.
Over the weekend, another wrestling legend Ric Flair spoke about Savage’s spending habits and his wealth. Flair made the following comments to Charlotte’s “The Fan” radio show on 610 AM:
“I used to say to him all the time, he probably died with 300 million dollars in the bank. I’m not exaggerating. I’m being facetious. But, Randy was very thrifty. The irony in that is Randy was only 58-years-old. That’s sad because I guarantee you he’s got enough money to live 200 more years. He made it. He worked hard to earn it. He worked very hard to earn it. He deserved it.”
However what’s important to note is that Flair also stated that Savage was verry happy and at peace with his wife of 1 year, Barbara Lynn, who he had known since his minor league baseball days. Savage’s privacy and quiet life can also be reflected in his funeral wishes. According to Lanny Poffo, Savage didn’t want a large (public) service, he just wanted to be cremated and have his ashes spread around the tree with his dog Hercules.
For a man who spent 15 years flying through American TVs and “snapping” into living rooms. Savage’s quiet lifestyle, in his last few years, is almost like a fairytale. It’s as if Randy rode off into the sunset a wrestling hero and decided to enjoy his personal and private life. Savage, age 58, is survived by his brother Lanny Poffo and his wife Barbary Lynn. The wrestling world continues to pour out their love and honor the great Rany “Macho Man” Savage with emotional tributes.
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