'Macho Man' Randy Savage's Death Brings Heartless Twitter Jokes


His real name was Randy Mario Poffo, but you probably knew him better as Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Savage was a 58-year-old professional wrestler famous for his raspy voice, the sunglasses and bandanas he wore in the ring, and his signature phrase: "Ohhhhh yeah!"

He was a dedicated performer who won two WWF titles after he arrived on the wrestling scene in 1985. According to WWE's website, Savage was the No. 1 champion of all time.

This morning at around 9:25 AM, Savage had a heart attack while driving his Jeep Wrangler in Seminole, Florida. The Jeep veered over the raised concrete median divider, crossed over the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with a tree. He did not survive.

As soon as the news of the accident hit Twitter, he became a trending topic. While plenty of fans expressed their sorrow over his passing, a seemingly equal number of people naturally figured his death made a great opportunity to hone their amateur-hour comedy skills.

Unfortunately for Savage, he had the bad timing to die right in the midst of a bunch of chatter about the upcoming "end of the world." So, never mind anything he accomplished in his life, or the fact that he just celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his wife Lynn, or the family and friends who are mourning his loss -- let's make some rapture jokes!

Here's a sampling of the Rapture-and-Slim-Jim comments that have been showing up on Twitter:

I guess God needed "Macho Man" Randy Savage up in Heaven to help with the stocking of some Slim Jim's for tomorrow's so called "rapture".

Is Macho Man Randy Savage considered the first victim of the Rapture? #justathought Too soon?

And with the first overall pick of the Rapture Draft, God selects.... Randy "MACHO MAN" Savage. Oooohhhhhh Yeaaaaaahhhhhh!

In an epic upset, Macho Man Randy Savage chosen as the first #rapture Beta tester

From today on, "snap into a Slim Jim" is slang for "wrap your car around a tree"

Ohhhhhh Yeaaaahhhh!!!! Time to brush up for my Slim Jim audition.

Keep it classy, folks. Nice to verify that our overwhelming desire to entertain people via social media often completely eclipses our sense of human decency.

While people like to make fun of pro wrestlers, by and large these were the folks who actually took the time to say something nice about Savage today. From some of his fellow WWE stars:

He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he's happy and in a better place and we miss him—Hulk Hogan

RIP Randy 'Macho Man' Savage - you were one of my childhood inspirations and heros. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family—Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

I lost a close friend today. If anybody in heaven is wondering who the cat in the ugly cowboy hat is it's Randy. Love you Bro. Never another—Kevin Nash

Every time I saw a retweeted Savage joke today it made me cringe. No matter if you were a fan or not, I think a life taken so suddenly deserves a little more respect than being reduced to a stupid one-liner.

RIP, Macho Man.

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nonmember avatar Al

Jokes in bad taste are the closest thing to respect that exists on the Internet.

nonmember avatar Lisa

"Mens hearts will grow cold in the end of days". That's just one biblical phrase describing the many jerks who have no feelings in this day and age.


Such a Macho Man fan as a child-- he was great.

John Alastair

Yes, it's amazing what classless a-holes some people are. I understand that some people might want to use light, innocuous humor just as a way of feeling better about the situation, or as a way of even honoring Macho Man's memory, but many people are just douche-bags. Even in the comments section of the AOL News report on this tragedy you'll find people passing off-color jokes and slanderous remarks. I think that the thrill of being able to anonymously ridicule a person who is in such a horrible position, and the rise they get out of others while doing it, makes some worthless people feel powerful.

night... nightngale83

My husband's cousin left a screwed up status on FB saying Macho Man's last words were "Ohhhhh noooooo" I told him that was effed up and he said it was just a joke and when he dies he won't care who jokes about him. There is no way to justify what he said imo.

ToraMay ToraMay

I'm with you, too many jerks in this world.

JT32606 JT32606

what jerk offs. 

i loved him when i was a kid!  

nonmember avatar Sarah

Of course the people who knew him said loving words out of grief. I only knew him as being on my tv screen while my brothers watched wrestling. Although it is sad that he died in such a tragic way, why should I be so sympathetic towards it? There are countless people who I don't know dying everyday...should I be mournful of them all?
Also...humour is a classic coping mechanism...maybe don't be so narrowminded. Not everyone grieves or looks at death the same way.

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