Throwback Thursday: Macho Man Randy Savage debuts in Memphis

King SavageIt was December 10th, 1983.  Dave Brown & Lance Russell were at ringside calling the action in front of a live studio audience on WMC-TV5 in Memphis.  During the match, the studio was abruptly taken over by a wild man who was calling out the King of Memphis, Jerry Lawler.

This was the first time “Macho Man” Randy Savage appeared on the Memphis-based USWA wrestling program.  And what an appearance it was.

In this week’s Throwback Thursday clip, Randy Savage storms the broadcast desk, interrupting the ongoing match, to call out Jerry “The King” Lawler.  Appearances by longtime Memphis legends Eddie Marlin and Guy Coffee didn’t help matters, as Savage makes his purpose very clear with a banner that reads – MACHO MAN WANTS KING.

Following the match and commercial break, we get our first taste of a “Macho Man” Randy Savage promo.  The unpredictable, energetic madman even storms the ring to disrupt a second match by delivering piledrivers to each competitor.

If there are any questions as to how unique “Macho Man” Randy Savage really is, watch as he smashes a glass picture frame over his own head… followed by hitting himself in the head with a steel chair.

Fun Fact:  The man helping Savage throughout this tirade is none other than his father, the great Angelo Poffo.  Not only was he a pro wrestler himself, but in 1945 he did sit-ups for 4 hours 10 minutes, shattering the Naval record for quantity and speed with 6,033 sit-ups.

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Dustin Starr is an active sports entertainer and regular contributor to MemphiSport and MSL. Follow him @DustinStarr.


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