St. Louis Macho Man Impersonator Laments Death of Randy Savage

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Moore in 2009 when he came by the RFT to tell us his economic stimulus plan.
J.R. Moore's phone is ringing off the hook today.

"I know why you're calling," says Moore the moment he picks up the receiver. "It's a sad day, isn't it?"

For a decade, the 63-year-old Moore has made something of a name for himself in St. Louis impersonating his favorite wrestler, "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Savage, whose real name is Randy Poffo, died this morning after apparently suffering a heart attack while driving in Florida and crashing into a tree. He was 58.

"It's terrible," says Moore, a retired tree-trimmer and lifetime bodybuilder. "He was my man."

Moore first began impersonating the "Macho Man" in 2001, though he'd been a fan of the wrestler in his heydays in the 1980s and '90s. "Back then he wore his hair all frizzy," explains Moore. "It wasn't until around 2001 that he started slicking back his hair. I'd always had that look. I remember I was walking through the grocery story one day and people came up to me and said, 'You're on the cover of TV Guide!' That pretty much started it."

Moore says he's yet to figure out exactly how he'll mourn the passing of Savage. (We suggest a beer and a Slim Jim.) "I should probably go get my heart checked out," he says.

For the moment, though, Moore says he's almost afraid to leave his home.

"People might see me and think they've seen a ghost." 

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I talked to this clown  @ Opening Day in 2004 . How nice to be claiming fame.. MY freakin God

brian behrmann
brian behrmann

Macho Man Randy Savage in his last match ever Vs. The Undertaker!

Handsome Jimmy
Handsome Jimmy

Somehow, I knew that Chad would pick up on this story. 


Yeah, Macho Man and his manager -- the Lovely Elizabeth -- were some of my favorites back in the day. RIP, Randy.

Handsome Jimmy
Handsome Jimmy

Do you think that the first responder to the accident scene lifted up Macho's arm three times and then declared him officially dead?

Too soon?


 Actually they said that each time the paramedic would try to call out the time of death Randy would lift his leg and let it rest on the bottom guardrail

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