104 Facts About Randy Savage


Randall Mario Poffo, better known by his ring name "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling.

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Randy Savage had six world championship reigns during his 32-year career, including two as WWF World Heavyweight Champion and four as WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

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Randy Savage was the 1987 WWF King of the Ring and the 1995 WCW World War 3 winner.

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Randy Savage headlined many pay-per-view events throughout his career, including WrestleManias IV, V, and VIII, two of the first five SummerSlam shows, and 1995 Starrcade.

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Randy Savage was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame upon its inception in 1996, with a posthumous WWE Hall of Fame induction following in 2015.

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Randy Savage Poffo was born November 15,1952, in Columbus, Ohio, the eldest son of Judy and Angelo Poffo.

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Randy Savage's father was Italian American and his mother was Jewish; Poffo was raised Catholic.

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Randy Savage lived in Zanesville, Ohio, where he attended Grover Cleveland Middle School.

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Randy Savage graduated from Downers Grove North High School in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Illinois.

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Randy Savage was signed by the St Louis Cardinals organization as a catcher out of high school.

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Randy Savage was placed in the minor leagues to develop, where he mostly played as an outfielder in the Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds farm systems.

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Randy Savage was 18 when he began playing minor league baseball; one of his teammates on the 1971 Gulf Coast League Cardinals was Larry Herndon, who was his roommate.

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Randy Savage would swing a bat into a hanging car tire to strengthen his hands and utilize his legs during swings.

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Randy Savage injured his natural throwing shoulder after a collision at home plate, and he learned to throw with his left arm instead.

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Randy Savage played 289 games in four minor league seasons, batting.

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Randy Savage first broke into the wrestling business in 1973 during the fall and winter of the baseball off season.

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Randy Savage's first wrestling character, The Spider, was similar to Spider-Man.

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Randy Savage later took the ring name Randy Savage at the suggestion of his longtime friend and trainer Terry "The Goose" Stephens and Georgia Championship Wrestling booker Ole Anderson, who said that the name Poffo did not fit someone who "wrestled like a savage".

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Randy Savage eventually decided to end his baseball career and become a full-time wrestler, working with his brother and father.

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Randy Savage wrestled his first match against Midwest Territory wrestler "Golden Boy" Paul Christy.

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Randy Savage worked with his father and brother in Michigan, the Carolinas, Georgia, the Maritimes, and the eastern Tennessee territory run by Nick Gulas.

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Randy Savage teamed with Lanny to battle The Rock 'n' Roll Express; this feud included a match on June 25,1984, in Memphis, where in the storyline, Savage injured Ricky Morton by piledriving him through the timekeeper's table, leading to the Express winning by disqualification.

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Later in 1984, Randy Savage turned babyface and allied with Lawler against Jimmy Hart's First Family alliance, only to turn heel on Lawler again in early 1985 and resume the feud with him over the title.

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Randy Savage eventually declined their offers and chose Miss Elizabeth as his new manager.

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Randy Savage's gimmick was a crazed, ego-maniacal bully who mistreated Miss Elizabeth and threatened anyone who even looked at her.

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Randy Savage made his pay-per-view debut at The Wrestling Classic on November 7,1985, participating in a 16-man tournament.

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Randy Savage defeated Ivan Putski, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, and the Dynamite Kid before losing by a countout in the finals to Junkyard Dog.

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In late 1985, Randy Savage started a feud with then Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Tito Santana over that title.

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Early in his WWF career, Randy Savage won three countout victories over his future tag team partner WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan as well as engaging in feuds with Bruno Sammartino and George "The Animal" Steele.

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At WrestleMania 2, Randy Savage defeated Steele in a match to retain his Intercontinental Heavyweight Title.

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Randy Savage resumed his feud with Steele in early 1987, culminating in two Intercontinental Heavyweight title matches, both won by Savage.

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Randy Savage wrestled Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III in the Pontiac Silverdome.

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Randy Savage was a stickler for detail, and he and Steamboat laid out and rehearsed every spot in the match prior to WrestleMania, at his home in Florida.

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Steamboat and Randy Savage were seen cheering with and hugging other wrestlers after the match.

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Randy Savage's popularity was rising to the point that he was being cheered by a majority of the fans despite being a heel, so he became less hostile towards the fans and Miss Elizabeth.

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Randy Savage retained the WWF World Heavyweight Title for a little over a year, defending it against the likes of super heavyweights One Man Gang, the Big Boss Man and Andre the Giant.

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Randy Savage and Hogan got into a heated argument with Randy Savage declaring that Hogan was an inferior wrestler to him and that he wanted to steal Elizabeth from him.

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Randy Savage then proceeded to attack his partner, then attacked Hogan's friend Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake as he tried to intervene before finally being separated by security, thus Savage turned heel for the first time since 1987.

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At WrestleMania V, Randy Savage dropped the WWF World Heavyweight Championship to Hogan after a reign of 371 days.

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Randy Savage adopted the moniker "The Macho King" after defeating Jim Duggan for the King of the Ring title in September 1989.

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The "Macho King" and Hulk Hogan met one last time, when Randy Savage got a shot at Hogan's WWF World Heavyweight Championship on The Main Event III.

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Randy Savage then began feuding with the "Common Man" Dusty Rhodes, losing a mixed tag match to Rhodes and Sapphire at WrestleMania VI but beating him in a singles match at SummerSlam.

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In late 1990, Randy Savage started a feud with then-WWF Champion The Ultimate Warrior.

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Outraged, Randy Savage promised revenge, which he got during the Slaughter-Warrior title match.

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However, halfway down the aisle "The Macho King" Randy Savage attacked the champion, resulting in the Ultimate Warrior having to crawl to the ring.

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Later in the program, Randy Savage failed to appear in the Royal Rumble which led to speculation that he and Sherri had fled the building in order to avoid The Warrior.

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Elizabeth rushed to Randy Savage's aid, fighting off Sherri and reuniting with her one-time love to huge crowd appreciation, with Randy Savage becoming a fan favorite for the first time since 1989.

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Randy Savage wrestled a number of times following WrestleMania VII and the WWF's official story was that out of respect, Warrior generously allowed him to see out the final months of his contract before he was forced to retire.

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Randy Savage returned to television in a non-wrestling role as the "Macho Man" after WrestleMania VII as a broadcaster.

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Randy Savage participated as a special referee in several house show matches between Hulk Hogan and Sgt.

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Meanwhile, the storyline with Miss Elizabeth continued, culminating with Randy Savage proposing to her in the ring leading to an on-air wedding at SummerSlam dubbed The Match Made in Heaven.

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Randy Savage won the match however, Roberts would perform the DDT on Randy Savage 3 times after the match and things came to a head when Roberts slapped Miss Elizabeth.

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Randy Savage then began an on-screen feud with WWF Champion Ric Flair.

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Randy Savage defended the title against The Ultimate Warrior at SummerSlam; Randy Savage lost the match by countout, after having his knee injured by Flair and Mr Perfect, but retained the championship.

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Randy Savage formed a tag team with The Ultimate Warrior known as the "Ultimate Maniacs" after both men were attacked by Flair and Mr Perfect during their match at SummerSlam.

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Warrior was fired from the WWF weeks before the event, so Randy Savage chose Mr Perfect, executive consultant to Flair, as his partner to replace Warrior.

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When Monday Night Raw began in January 1993, Randy Savage served primarily as a color commentator, wrestling only occasionally against characters such as Doink the Clown, Repo Man, Rick Martel, and Crush.

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Randy Savage returned to pay-per-view at Survivor Series as a substitute for Mr Perfect.

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Randy Savage's last WWF pay-per-view appearance as a competitor was a victory over Crush in a Falls Count Anywhere match at WrestleMania X Savage made periodic appearances in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion in May 1994.

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Meanwhile, Randy Savage was a color commentator for the 1994 King of the Ring and made his final WWF pay-per-view appearance at SummerSlam at the new United Center in Chicago, where he served as the master of ceremonies.

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Randy Savage made his first appearance for WCW on the December 3,1994 episode of Saturday Night.

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Randy Savage appeared at Starrcade later that month, saving Hogan from an attack by The Three Faces of Fear, shaking hands with his friend and rival.

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Randy Savage participated in the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship tournament and defeated The Butcher in the first round and "Stunning" Steve Austin in the quarterfinals.

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Randy Savage then interfered in Flair's match against Alex Wright, attacking Flair and causing Wright to get disqualified, which set up a tournament semi-final in which the winner would face the winner of the Sting and Meng match for the title at The Great American Bash.

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Randy Savage brought out his father with him, but at the end of the match, Flair used Poffo's cane to defeat Randy Savage.

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At World War 3, Randy Savage won his first WCW World Heavyweight Championship by winning the first-ever 60-man three-ring battle royal.

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Randy Savage lost the title to Flair a month later at Starrcade 1995: World Cup of Wrestling; earlier that night, he defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan.

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Randy Savage won his second WCW World Heavyweight Championship back from Flair on the January 22,1996 episode of Nitro, but again lost the title to Flair the next month in a steel cage match at SuperBrawl VI.

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In January 1996, Randy Savage brought Elizabeth with him into WCW as his manager , but she turned on Randy Savage in his last title loss to Flair.

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Thereafter, Flair claimed that Elizabeth had given him a sizable amount of Randy Savage's money, taken in their divorce settlement, which Flair used to set up a "VIP section" at Monday Nitro events.

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Flair and Randy Savage continued to feud until June 1996, when the overall landscape of WCW changed.

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Randy Savage threatened Hogan for months, often being attacked by the nWo.

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At Halloween Havoc, Randy Savage finally faced Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, but lost when The Giant interfered and hit him with a chokeslam.

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Randy Savage left WCW following the event, as he was unable to reach a new deal with the company.

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Randy Savage returned to WCW on the January 20,1997 episode of Nitro hijacking the show, claiming to have been "blackballed" and refusing to leave the ring until Sting showed up, and the two left together.

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Randy Savage appeared again with Sting over the next couple Nitro shows roving and watching events from the crowd as "free agents".

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Sting and Randy Savage appeared at SuperBrawl VII, where Randy Savage left Sting's side and joined the nWo by helping Hogan defeat Roddy Piper.

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Randy Savage began feuding with Diamond Dallas Page and his wife Kimberly.

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In early 1998, Randy Savage started a feud with Lex Luger which culminated in a match at Souled Out, which Luger won.

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Randy Savage then joined with Nash and others to form the nWo Wolfpac, a split from Hogan's group.

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Randy Savage made only one more appearance in 1998, helping Ric Flair defeat Eric Bischoff for the Presidency of WCW on the December 28 episode of Monday Nitro.

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Randy Savage returned in April 1999, debuting a new look and theme music, sporting a slicked-back ponytail, earrings, and a new villainous attitude, as well as introducing his new valet, Gorgeous George.

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Randy Savage soon fired both of them and started a feud with Dennis Rodman, defeating him at Road Wild.

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Randy Savage disappeared from WCW programming following his feud with Rodman and would make two more appearances: first on the October 25,1999 episode of Nitro, when he appeared in the ring with Gorgeous George and talked about passing the torch forward.

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Randy Savage returned to professional wrestling at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Victory Road by confronting Jeff Jarrett.

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Randy Savage was the celebrity spokesman for Slim Jim snack foods in the mid-to-late 1990s.

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In 1998, Randy Savage accepted an award from Harvard University's humor society Harvard Lampoon as Man of the Year.

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Randy Savage appeared in many television shows in the mid-to-late '90s.

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Randy Savage appeared on a wrestling-themed episode of Baywatch that aired in 1996 with fellow WCW wrestlers Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Big Van Vader, and Kevin Sullivan.

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Randy Savage appeared in his first theatrical film in 2000 making an appearance as his Macho Man character in the movie Ready to Rumble where David Arquette daydreams a sequence fighting Randy Savage at a gas station.

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Randy Savage voiced the rogue alien wrestler "Rasslor" in the Dexter's Laboratory shorts Dial M for Monkey.

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Randy Savage provided his voice in many other shows including the voice for "Gorilla" in an episode of King of the Hill and the voice of Space Ghost's grandfather in an episode of Space Ghost Coast To Coast.

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Randy Savage served as the voice of "The Thug", in Disney's Academy Award-nominated 2008 animated film Bolt, which was his last theatrical film appearance.

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Randy Savage reprised the role in Super Rhino in 2009 for the short film featuring the cast of Bolt.

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Randy Savage promoted Be a Man with a concert tour featuring Brian Adams as his bodyguard and Ron Harris as touring manager.

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Randy Savage married Elizabeth Hulette, better known as Miss Elizabeth, in 1984.

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In May 2010, Randy Savage married Barbara Lynn Payne, who was described as his "high school sweetheart" by Terry Funk.

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Randy Savage had never been treated for heart problems and there was no evidence that he was aware of his heart condition.

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Randy Savage was cremated, and his ashes were placed under a favorite tree on his property in Largo, Florida, near his mother's development.

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When Randy Savage's brother asked why, Randy Savage stated that it was because he wanted him to remember that spot, since he wanted his ashes to be poured there as well.

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Later that night, CM Punk paid tribute to Randy Savage by wearing pink trunks and yellow boots complete with white stars on the trunks during a tag team match with R-Truth against John Cena and Rey Mysterio.

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Randy Savage was never inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during his lifetime and he was frequently described as being one of its most noticeably absent figures.

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Randy Savage is a subject of the first episode titled "The Match Made in Heaven" of Viceland's Dark Side of the Ring that premiered on April 10,2019.

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Randy Savage likeness appears in South Park Season 23 - Episode 7 "Board Girls" as an olympic athlete aired on 13th Nov 2019.

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