A lot of people forget that Macho Man Randy Savage was born in Columbus, Ohio. Now, one Columbus man wants the city to honor the man that got to the second round in 11W's Heart of It All Classic, our attempt to crown history's greatest Ohioan.
Earlier this week, a man named Joe Chapman launched a Change.org petition, asking Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther to honor the city's native son – "an incredible athlete, performer and cultural icon" – by placing a statue of him in downtown Columbus.
"'Macho Man' Randy Savage is known the world over as one of the best professional wrestlers of all time," Chapman writes. "During Savage's 32 year career, he held over 20 championships…and is a WWE Hall of Famer. Randy Savage also wrestled in what most consider the best match of all time, in front of 93,000 fans at 'WrestleMania III.'"
Savage was born Randy Mario Poffo in Columbus in 1952, the son of pro wrestler and world situp champion Angelo Poffo. A standout high school baseball player, Randy was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals and spent time in several other teams' minor league systems before turning his attention to pro wrestling in the Seventies. By the end of the Eighties, now christened "Macho Man" Randy Savage, he was one of the biggest stars in the WWF, and would go on to wrestle for WCW. His younger brother, Lanny Poffo, was also an established wrestler of the era.
Oh hell yeah, now this is a statue I can get behind. They should put the Macho Man idol at the corner of Broad and High.
If you dig that, you can sign the petition here.