The memories of the superstars from decades past serve as the foundation upon which the WWE’s future model of success is built.
The WWE delivered a slew of superstars in the 1980s, and the fans of those individuals have remained loyal to the organization – all the while demanding more of the same.
So let’s go down memory lane and pay tribute to the incredible contributions of three legends whose memories will forever be cherished by the WWE family.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage
It’s not possible for an image of the Macho Man with his dear Elizabeth by his side to not pop up in the mind of a fan reminiscing about wrestling in the 1980s.
And it’s not just his persona or his love story with Elizabeth that remain etched in our memories. It’s also his tenacity and courage in the ring that constantly remind us of this endearing wrestler.
But, on the morning of May 20, 2011, Savage (Macho Man) died at age 58 after suffering a sudden heart attack while driving with his wife in Seminole, Florida. He became unresponsive and lost control of his Jeep Wrangler, crashing into a tree.
RIP Macho Man. Your memories will forever bring a smile to our faces.
The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior’s take-down of Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania VI will forever be remembered as a changing of the guard moment in WWE history. As tears rolled down the cheeks of millions of Hulkamaniacs, the class and decency with which the Warrior conducted himself won him the hearts of everyone.
The Ultimate Warrior was unique in many ways. He displayed the aggression of a wounded animal, yet had a likability about him that attracted the support of millions of young fans, many of them children.
However, The Ultimate Warrior while he and his family were returning from New Orleans, site of WrestleMania 30, when Warrior died walking to his car outside a hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. He died at age 54. The cause of death was heart attack, according to the Maricopa County medical examiner’s office, and Dana notes that his father and grandfather both died of heart disease in their mid-50s.
The Ultimate Warrior forever will be remembered for being a great champion.
Andre The Giant
Andre the Giant was a true giant of the WWE in every sense of the word. He was involved in one of the greatest matches of all time when he battled Hulk Hogan for the title in WrestleMania III. Incidentally, that epic match was also the first match that Andre lost in 15 years.
Despite Andre’s dominance in the WWE, he never won the title. He never complained though. He was simply content to keep the fans entertained.
Despite reports of some turmoil in his personal life, and having to live with the pain of physical injuries, Andre never complained. He showed up day after day in the ring, just to do his job.
Few have contributed so much to the WWE in return for so little. Andre the Giant had a big heart that never stopped giving.
However, Roussimoff (André the Giant) died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on the night of January 27, 1993, in a Paris hotel room at aged 46. He was found by his chauffeur. He was in Paris to attend his father’s funeral.
RIP big man. The fans will never forget the one and only Andre The Giant!