5. Macho Man
My history with Macho Man is pretty out of order. At first, I was only familiar with him because of those Slim Jim commercials. But after rediscovering him while in Japan, I got hooked on wrestling again.
I can’t quote myself as the biggest WWE fan. I missed the whole Attitude Era, and instead started tuning in during the love triangle with Chris Jericho, Christian, and Trish Stratus. Part of the reason I fell off was because the storylines got stale. I ran out of characters to root for. Add to that the real death of Eddie Guerrero… and the much more tragic turn of events surrounding Chris Benoit… it was hard to buy into the fantasy of the show.
But Macho Man? What a spectacle. What a character. He didn’t have to turn me into a believer again because he was already so genuine. Genuinely crazy, sure. But, he was just so outrageous. He knew how to make an entrance. He knew how to talk. The dude was the epitome of charismatic.
And then he died. And that hurt.
The timing of rediscovering Macho Man couldn’t have been more perfect. I was two years in Japan, so this meant I’d already started building up my esteem. I was becoming a visage of the charismatic, bold, and strong Jon Dao I wanted to be. Now that I had Macho Man to look to, I knew I could push myself so much more.
I gleaned so much from analyzing his communication: dynamic speaking, memorable quotes, and the art of establishing, breaking, and re-connecting rapport. Plus, embracing ridiculousness and turning it into a strength– that should be a mutant power.
I think the Macho Madness reached its peak when I centered an entire meeting on how we should have heels, faces, and finishers in our presentations.