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The Rock -- Macho Man Was a 'Childhood Inspiration'

5/20/2011 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is paying tribute to his fallen friend Macho Man Randy Savage ... saying, the wrestling legend was one of his "childhood inspirations."

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The Rock just went to his Twitter page and wrote ..."RIP Randy "Macho Man" Savage - you were one of my childhood inspirations and heros. Strength, love and prayers to the Savage/Poffo family."

Former WWE superstar Kevin Nash has also posted a message ... saying, "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."

Mick Foley aka Mankind tells TMZ, "Though I only met Randy Savage a handful of times, he was one of my all-time favorite performers ... I loved his style, in the ring and on the microphone.

He adds, "I loved hearing stories about Randy and his wrestling family. From the incredible matches in the small towns throughout the south where he forged a legendary reputation before becoming a household name with WWE, to the tales of even more legendary thrift on the road - that I did my very best to live up to - Randy Savage had a profound effect on me."


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Cartman    

Dwayne isn't that young.

1218 days ago
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Jackie    

What is that white stuff on Macho's mouth. Rip

1218 days ago
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mike M - pasadena, ca    

So sad about MMan...not that old either. I saw him once, back in the day. A real crowd pleaser... RIP Randy

1218 days ago
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FreakHater    

Jackie, it looks to me like it's his teeth..........do you have hard white things in your mouth?

1218 days ago
5.

TMZ dont like me    

Man, this a huge loss for the pro wrestling game. They should do a tribute on the next Monday Night RAW...

1218 days ago
6.

GBeach    

I the great pleasure of meeting him one time. He was signing autographs before a wrestling match. He was very cordial. What a shame. RIP

1218 days ago
7.

I am Spartacus    

Macho Man is one of the biggest legends in pro wrestling history. Sad day for any wrestling fan or former wrestling fan.

1218 days ago
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charlie (TIGGER)    

R.I.P. RANDY ONE OF NICIEST AND GREATEAST GUYS AROUND YOU WILL BE MISSED

1218 days ago
9.

wow    

I always liked Randy better than Red/Yellow Hogan.... he will always be my favorite.... RIP Macho Madness..... "OOOOHHHHHHH YYYEEAAHHHH"...

1218 days ago
10.

elaine    

RIP - He will be missed - Bummer man! A true bummer! Such a personality! He'll be missed.

1218 days ago
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Jackie    

@ Freak....I think my phone is retarded....sorry!...Now i see it's his teeth on pc. Thanks

1218 days ago
12.

John     

RIP Macho Man. There will never be another one like you. OHHHHHHH Yeaaaaah! Prayers go out to you & family.

1218 days ago
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Josh (http://www.TheCelebrityCafe.com)    

Macho Man was one of the greatest. Also loved his Slim Jim commercials

1218 days ago
14.

GOLDENCHILD67    

RIP Randy "Macho Man" Savage...very sad when i heard he died..ive got a real empty feeling in my heart..a lot of matches i saw him on were from vintage collection...definetly one of a kind...my prayers go out to his beautiful wife and the rest of his family

1218 days ago
15.

BABABOOEY    

NURSE: Is he dead, doctor?
DOCTOR: OOOOOOOOHHH YEEEEEAAAAHHH!

(How Randy would’ve wanted it.)

Rest in Peace.

1218 days ago
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