You really have to be careful these days when you get the news of a celebrity death via a social network. Especially Twitter. That place is notorious for killing off folks. Just ask Bill Cosby. So when the first tweet came across that this cat had left us I was a bit apprehensive. Still, I went to TMZ to see what they were talking about. Because you KNOW if it's on TMZ then it's true. And unfortunately it was.
Macho Man played a key part in the popularity that the WWF enjoyed in the 80s. I know folks were all crazy about Hulk Hogan but he was never really my cup of tea. I liked the other characters around him that had more charisma. Macho Man was one of them.
It was probably because Macho Man had much more flare about him. He always had those outrageous outfits with some crazy shades to match. As if that wasn't enough he was WAY over-the-top with his raspy voice that could always deliver the best interviews ever. He could not wrestle at all and you could just be entertained by his persona alone.
Okay...I can't front on Elizabeth. His "manager" who was always a huge part of his act sure was easy on the eyes. She may have also been part of the reason why it was always more fun to watch Macho Man in action. Because you always knew that wherever he was, she wouldn't be far behind.
I always liked that Macho Man was able to carry over his legend into today's generation thanks to those Slim Jim commercials. Not to mention his brief cameo in "Spider-Man". He was able to transition into the 21st century to a new legion of fans that didn't get a chance to appreciate him in his prime. But those of us that were afforded that opportunity will always remember that it was guys like him who gave professional wrestling its star power.
Rest in peace, Macho Man.