My brother and I discovered Randy Savage before his WWF glory days, before Miss Elizabeth and his love/hate relationship with Hulk Hogan.
Each Saturday in the early 80s the two of us would turn on the TV at 1pm to watch International Championship Wrestling. ICW was based in Kentucky, and owned by Savage's father, Angelo Paffo. Paffo ran an interesting promotion, complete with terrific talent and great story lines.
One of my favorite pro wrasslin' moments happend at an ICW taping. Ronnie Garvin hit Ox Baker in the mouth, knocked out Baker's false teeth, then stomped on them to dust in the ring. It wasn't a work, it was real. And really entertaining.
Savage and his brother, Leaping Lannie, had a great run in ICW before moving on to the WWF. They were great ring workers, and knew how to tell a story.
Randy Savage died today in Florida at age 58.
Thank you for all the memories.