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Randy "Macho Man" Savage: Wrestling Legend Dead at 58

"Killer" Tim Brooks was a wrestler--and is still a wrestler at heart.

"Macho Man," Killer said "Was a great wrestler."

And Killer--who now runs his own professional wrestling school in Waxahachie--should know.

"I wrestled Randy in Atlanta," Killer said. "I also wrestled Macho Man at the Sportatorium in Dallas."

Killer now hosts once a month championship matches at his 250 seat auditorium were future professional wrestlers are born.

Killer admits that all too many wrestlers of his era have died too early--he's not afraid to say the "S" word--as in steroids.

"I will not lie," Killer said. "I noticed a great amount of abuse of steroids, yes I did, a terrible abuse of steroids."

Killer said recreational drugs were also widely used--the list of wrestlers who have died is long--Chris Benoit murdered his wife and son before killing himself.

Andre the Giant died of a heart attack, so did Eddie Guerrero and apparently Macho Man.

Baylor-Grapevine Dr. Eric Stehly has heard the steroid rumors like everyone else--if true--it could explain a lot.

"There is weak correlation between steroid use and brain cancer and we think that it has a negative effect on the heart as well long term." Dr. Stehly said.

Killer believes professional wrestling is much cleaner now--but is as brutal as ever. He needs two new knees and nurses aches and pains every day.

"I had a broken collar bone, I've had a fractured neck," Killer said. "I've got a couple of bad vertebrae in my back--as you get older it takes a score on you."

Killer will remember Macho Man the way everyone else will--fondly.

"Macho Man," Killer said. "You know his trademark was--he started the Oh, Yea!"

And he'll miss another friend gone too soon.

"Every time we lose one it makes me stop and think I'm older than these guys," Killer said. "I'm fortunate that I am still here."

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