Posts Tagged ‘Where’s Randy Savage?’

This is the first issue of WWF Magazine that I ever bought.  Actually, my Dad bought it for me.  It was 1988, I was 14 years old, and for the next ten years or so I would eagerly anticipate what I recall was the first Tuesday of every month so I could get my hands on the newest issue. 

Eventually I would add Pro Wrestling Illustrated to my “Must Buy” list.  In college, frequently my friend Alex and I would go to Shinder’s in Crystal, MN on New Wrestling Magazine Day.  We would buy our OWN copies of WWF, WWF RAW, PWI, and depending on what articles were featured we would also get The Wrestler, Inside Wrestling and any others that caught our eyes.  We would either go back to his house, Taco Bell, Arby’s or wherever and eat and read.

“Did you get to THIS article yet?”

“No.”

“It’s pretty good.”

“Nice.”

Now 38, I generally don’t buy wrestling magazines anymore.  I spend enough money (a couple of PPVs a year, the winged eagle championship, putting together a 1988 Randy Savage costume for Halloween and Comic Con) and time actually watching wrestling and perusing websites like Prowrestling.net, PWTorch.com and 411 Wrestling in addition to listening to the excellent podcasts by John Pollack and Wai Ting of REVIEW-A-WAI to get my fill.  I also spend plenty of time goofing around with my photoshop fun on CM Punk Is Not Impressed on FACEBOOK and TUMBLR.

(see https://kittridge.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/cm-punk-is-not-impressed/).

So the new edition of WWE Magazine (June 2012) has short article on “Four Must-See WWE Tumblrs” with a couple of sentences on each…CM Punk Is Not Impressed is number 3 (and Mike Frankito’s Where’s Randy Savage? – also on FACEBOOK  is number 1)!

I know a lot of people are probably thinking, “So what?  Your goofy little hobby page got two sentences in a wrestling magazine.”

To be honest, that’s probably the correct response.  But when you’re a passionate nerd and you get even the smallest recognition from the object of one of your obsessions…it’s pretty darn cool.  I think Mike put it best when he said, “Pretty awesome feeling when what you’re a fan of is a fan of you.”

Thanks again to Mr. Michael Frankito and Mr. Ralph Apel for helping make this happen.

So now that cool things are happening that I never really thought would, I guess it’s about time I met Bill Murray.

Kev

CM Punk is not impressed with the wrath of God

A lot of my friends on Facebook who loosely know me (but don’t KNOW know me) will frequently ask, “Who’s this CM Punk guy?  Is he a wrestler or something?” Even the people who KIND OF know me are aware that I’m a pro-wrestling nut… and yes, CM Punk is a professional wrestler.

So here’s the deal – starting from the beginning:

I came across a Facebook page called Where’s Randy Savage.  They are also on Tumblr.  The idea is that legendary Randy “Macho Man” Savage is photoshopped into various moments throughout the past, present, and (I’m sure) the future.

I don’t think I need to say anything else.  You now know that it’s the GREATEST FUCKING IDEA OF ALL TIME.  Any time a new Savage pic was posted, I would go back into the batch I’ve already seen just to laugh some more.

Some time last year I set up a Tumblr page.  I made this page simply as another way to promote my Doctor Who fan music video that I was working on.  I’d never really played with Tumblr, but came across a page called “Spock Is Not Impressed”.  They are also on Facebook.  It’s a very similar idea to the Savage page, but while the Savage page uses a variety of shots of the Macho Man, Spock is done with the same, disapproving look.  This page is pretty fun as well.  This one is my favorite:

So, I’m at home watching WWE RAW, having a swell time watching CM Punk and Triple H speaking angrily at each other.  Trips says something like “I could totally kick your ass right here and now… but I won’t”.  Then Punk turned to the camera and gave us THIS look:

CM Punk is not impressed with Triple H

 
I laughed.  Oh boy, did I laugh.  I rewound it several times and laughed each time.  I called my girlfriend into the room and had her watch it… a few more times.  Wanting to never forget this hilarious moment, I took a picture of the TV screen with my camera and continued with the show.
 
The next morning, after doing enough work to justify a break, I logged onto to Tumblr to post some behind the scenes pics of the Who video to drum up interest.  The first thing on my timeline was the Spock photo with Jay Leno… and it hit me like a slap in the face.
 
I thought to myself, “Can I do a … … … CM Punk is Not Impressed?”
 
After about 45 seconds I thought, “Sure.”
 
No disrespect to the owner of the Spock page, because I can’t stress enough that I truly enjoy the stuff they put out, but neither of us is doing anything particularly original.  Where’s Randy Savage is the first of its kind that I know of.
 
Now the bummer is, I only have access to Microsoft Paint at work.  At first I found either goofy things or important moments in history (like both other pages) and merely stuck Punk in front of  it.  Kinda funny.  Then I started putting Punk’s face over the face of someone in the pic.  I’m particularly happy with the Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day (with Ned) shots.  But as pleased as I allowed myself to be…  quality-wise they were still kind of weak.
 
Then I got a Facebook message from some guy named Michael Frankito.  As it turns out, Michael is the creator of Where’s Randy Savage.  He told me he thought the idea was funny, and asked if he could help out.  Well heck yeah!  Michael not only made a few superb quality Punk pics, but he promoted my page on his Savage page.
 
The page went from a couple hundred fans to several thousand in a day, and the pics got much better.
 
Then enter my good friend, Ralph Apel.
 
Ralph’s not really a wrestling fan, but he enjoyed the idea.  Ralph is very creative… and he ALSO has Photoshop!  I think the first pic that Ralph offered was the one at the top from Raiders of the Lost Ark, followed by the Predator pic.  Just solid, hilarious stuff.  He has since studied up on Punk and actually likes him, which has inspired him a bit I think.  Apart from the amazing originals he makes, Ralph has also given me a standing offer – he’ll do pretty much any idea I give him and he’ll make it look good.
 
So that’s where we’re at!  Three guys who like to laugh, Photoshopping goofy pictures.  Thanks to everybody for spreading the word and I hope everybody is having fun!
 
Like Joseph Stalin (or Kennedy),
 
Kev
 
P.S.  Here’s the Who video!