Randy Savage
American wrestler and actor
Randy Savage
Randall Mario "Randy" Poffo, better known by his ring name "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler and occasional color commentator best known for his time in World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Savage held 20 championships during his professional wrestling career.
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Police Drag Woman Off Delta Flight In 'Disturbing' Video
Huffington Post - 2 months
A woman who was dragged off a Delta Air Lines flight by Detroit Metro Airport police on Monday had ignored boarding procedures and may face criminal charges, according to airport authorities.   A YouTube video uploaded by travel blogger René deLambert and shared on his site Renés Points shows officers gathering around the unidentified woman, then physically pulling her off the morning flight from Detroit to San Diego, California. One officer drags the woman, who appears silent and limp, down the aisle by her arms. The short video doesn’t show what occurred before authorities intervened. At a few points, other passengers can be heard laughing and exclaiming, “Oh my gosh” and, “That’s crazy” in seeming surprise.  Airport police officers got involved after Delta requested assistance with a passenger “who would not comply with boarding and baggage check procedures” at the gate, according to a statement sent to The Huffington Post by airport spokesman Brian Lassal ...
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Celebrate Randy Savage By Reliving All Of His Wrestling Video Game Appearances
Yahoo News - 9 months
As noted, Friday, May 20th, marks the five-year anniversary of the death of Macho Man Randy Savage. To celebrate his legacy, we’ve revisited his greatest match and asked what your favorite Macho Man moment was, but now it’s time to look back at an underappreciated aspect of Savage’s career: his legacy in wrestling video games. Thanks to the folks over at Laser Time, we can now look back at the full spectrum of Savage’s appearances in WWE and WCW video games over the years as they’ve created a tribute to the former WWE Champion by mixing his video game appearances with his theme song and famous promos.
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WWE News: Random And Fun Facts Throughout ‘WrestleMania’ History
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
WrestleMania 31 is tomorrow, and there are going to be a lot of superstars looking to up their numbers and possibly make a huge name for themselves. They want to go down in the record books and be someone who everyone always remembers. With that, let’s take a look at some random and fun facts that have come about through the history of WrestleMania. A lot of research has been done to figure out these WrestleManiafun facts, but WWE has been gracious enough to provide some of their own as well. Looking at the numbers, it may be hard to believe some of the things that have happened at the huge event over the past 31 years. Most WrestleMania Appearances — 22: This title belongs to The Undertaker, and that means he also owns the record for most matches with 22 as well. What some people don’t know is that while his undefeated streak is over, WrestleMania 31 will mark his 14th consecutive appearance, which adds on to the record he already owns. Bret “Hit Man” Hart had the old record f ...
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Macho Man's road to WWE Hall of Fame went through Downers Grove
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
It’s easy to miss the Downers Grove North Hall of Fame plaque honoring class of 1971 alum “Macho Man” Randy Savage. The plaque features the pro wrestling legend’s real name (Randy Poffo) and looks just like the 60-plus other plaques in the hallway outside the school gym....
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Buddhist Thoughts on the Super Bowl
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I wonder, as I prepare to host a Super Bowl party with my girlfriend for people who don't really care about the Super Bowl (aka artists and Buddhists), what future sociologists might think about the event. Will they think it was a beautiful celebration of the human drive to achieve and compete? Or will they think it is a greed-driven, gladiator arena, a 21st century Rome, emblematic of a society in steep decline? Optimism tells me the former, realism tells me the latter. I have to say, I admire how well the event has been branded over time. It is the only event in human history where people tuned in excited to watch advertisements! Talk about an effective sell. The average price paid for 30 seconds with everyone's eyeballs is $4 million. That's amazing! I did manage to watch the championship games, which were supremely exciting for all the Buddhist gladiators out there. In case you missed it, there was a huge uproar over Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman's post-game interview ...
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On this date in WWF history: Pro wrestling loses 'The Big Boss Man'
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
On September 22, 2004, veteran pro wrestler and former corrections officer Ray Traylor passed away in his home as the result of a heart attack at the age of 41. Traylor, billed as "The Big Boss Man" in his 1988 debut with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), had memorable feuds with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage and drew considerable heel heat from the audience for his post-fight theatrics, which consisted of handcuffing jobbers to the ropes and beating them with his night stick. He would later sign with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and worked with everyone from Rick Rude to Big Van Vader to Sting. He left WCW in 1998 to finish his career in the WWE but unfortunately no longer held a prominent role within the company prior to his release in 2003. Highlights of The Big Boss Man's career, including his improbable face turn in 1990 (Ted Dibiase could turn anyone face, that's how good he was), below: How about it Cagesiders, best Ray Traylor memory?
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CSSGFT Elite Eight Match: (1) Flying Elbow Drop vs. (3) Perfectplex
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
The Elite Eight round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Finisher Tournament concludes today with a match-up pitting number one seed the Flying Elbow Drop, as performed by Macho Man Randy Savage, against number three seed the Perfectplex, as performed by Mr. Perfect. Remember, voting closes at midnight CT. In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows: To vote Flying Elbow Drop simply write: Vote - Elbow To vote Perfectplex simply write: Vote - Perfectplex Here are videos showcasing each move. Flying Elbow Drop: Perfectplex: Updated bracket:
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The 5 11 Most All-American Video Game Characters
MTV News - over 3 years
Editor's Note: After a night of restless sleep, I was visited by the three Spirits of America -- Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Bo Jackson. They asked why I had forgotten so many other great American video game heroes and demanded I expand the list. Never one to want to disappoint, I have revised this article to reflect the wishes of Bo and his pals. America's birthday is tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than by counting off a few of the most iconic All-American video game characters. What's that you say? You'd rather be kicking back a few colds ones with some friends while watching fireworks? Fine -- but you'll never know who's the best American video game hero. 11. Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer and Lance "Scorpion" Bean -- "Contra" This classic arcade game put you in the boots of two commandos pitted against a terrorist organization who were wreaking havoc over the world. The solution to the problem -- running balls-to-the-wall, blasting everything in sight, upgrading yo ...
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Mike Ryan: 'SNL' Scorecard: Adam Levine Does Double Duty (And It's Subpar)
Huffington Post - about 4 years
So, here's what we learned last night: Adam Levine is not a particularly good "SNL" host. Now, Levine certainly didn't phone it in -- like we've seen other hosts do this season -- but, like many a musical guest-turned-host before him, this just really didn't work out. At least he gave a nice effort though. Reading the cue cards is a huge part of "SNL" and it always has been. The hosts and cast are told to read the cue cards because of the constant changes to the script, even right before the show goes on live. Adam Levine's performance as host marks the first time that the cue card reading actually bothered me. And I can't put my finger on it, but the show has really lost something since the election ended. Sure, the holiday fueled Martin Short show was good, but there's just an edge that's been missing for a few weeks and it certainly didn't return last night. Though, this wasn't by any means a bad show -- like last week's mess -- it just wasn't a particularly great ...
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Michael Tomaso: Sammy Sosa's Fans Reject Him Now
Huffington Post - about 4 years
On June 4, 2003, Sammy Sosa walked slowly up to the plate for his first at-bat of the game and received a standing ovation from the 33,317 fans in attendance. "Everybody was cheering for me," Sosa said. "I feel very happy inside." What did Sosa do to deserve a standing ovation? He cheated. It was his first at-bat since being thrown out of the previous game for corking his bat. And the first chance Cub fans had to show him what they really think of him, they cheered. Now 12 years later as Sosa appears on the Hall of Fame ballot, these same fans shun Sosa as the cheat they always knew he was. I'm not sure who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame more, Sosa or everyone who turned the blind eye. Maybe the fans and some in the media should have honorable mention if Sosa gets in. Cubs games and Wrigleyville was one big party in the late 1990s. It was the place to be. Games sold out and the atmosphere before each Cubs game was like a college football game tailgating ...
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Cageside Seats Greatest Matches Tournament Second Round Schedule
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
We've made it through the first round in the Cageside Seats Greatest Matches Tournament (CSSGMT), a month long process that saw a field of 64 become a field of 32. The fat has been trimmed and now it starts to get serious. But there's still a bit of fat remaining, so we need to trim that with round two. Here's the schedule for the Round of 32, which starts tomorrow: Mon., Oct. 22: (1) "Undertaker v Mankind, King of the Ring 1998" vs. (9) "Shawn Michaels v Triple H, SummerSlam 2002" Tues., Oct. 23: (4) "Shawn Michaels v Triple H v Chris Benoit, WrestleMania 20" vs. (5) "Eddie Guerrero v Dean Malenko, ECW TV 1995" Wed., Oct. 24: (1) "Bret Hart v Stone Cold Steve Austin, WrestleMania 13" vs. (8) "Stone Cold Steve Austin v Triple H, No Way Out 2001" Thurs., Oct. 25: (2) "CM Punk v John Cena, Money in the Bank 2011" vs. (10) "Two Man Power Trip v Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit, Raw 2001" Fri., Oct. 26: (3) "Royal Rumble 1992" vs. (6) "CM Punk v Daniel Bryan, Over the L ...
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On this date in WWF history: Pro wrestling loses 'The Big Boss Man'
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
On September 22, 2004, veteran pro wrestler and former corrections officer Ray Traylor passed away in his home as the result of a heart attack at the age of 41. Traylor, billed as "The Big Boss Man" in his 1988 debut with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), had memorable feuds with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage and drew considerable heel heat from the audience for his post-fight theatrics, which consisted of handcuffing jobbers to the ropes and beating them with his night stick. He would later sign with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and worked with everyone from Rick Rude to Big Van Vader to Sting. He left WCW in 1998 to finish his career in the WWE but unfortunately no longer held a prominent role within the company prior to his release in 2003. Highlights of The Big Boss Man's career, including his improbable face turn in 1990 (Ted Dibiase could turn anyone face, that's how good he was), after the jump. How about it Cagesiders, best Ray Traylor memory?
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Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament: The Completed Bracket
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
All "CSS Tournament" graphic designs by: June M. Williams - Cr8vly Perfect Design. The journey began on June 4 and now it's finally over. The Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament has crowned a champion and his name is Stone Cold Steve Austin. As with all tournaments, the bracket was heavily debated all throughout the process. Generally, the rankings weren't called into dispute too often and, in fact, I believe a few compliments were given out. Really, it was a monumentally difficult job, coming up with proper seedings and then determining match-ups. That's why you folks are helping with the next tournament. A few interesting storylines played out throughout the tourney. It was widely predicted Hulk Hogan would be voted out as early as the second round, thanks to his ruthless political playing, but he made it all the way to the Final Five before losing to Macho Man Randy Savage. The Rock, meanwhile, known for being a team player and a selfless performer who wo ...
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CSS Pro Wrestling Tournament Final: (1) Stone Cold Steve Austin vs (3) Macho Man Randy Savage
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
It's finally time, Cagesiders. Time to crown a champion in the first ever Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament. I sincerely want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for participating and coming along with us on this ride. It's been fun as hell. We've got a fine match-up on tap, too. Number one seed Stone Cold Steve Austin tore through the field - besting such greats as Daniel Bryan, Brock Lesnar, Bruno Sammartino, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, and Undertaker to make it here. Number three seed, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, did the same - blasting past Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Mick Foley, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, and Hulk Hogan to get his chance at the top spot. For a refresher on Austin's career and all the reasons you should vote for him, check out my four part series here, here, here, and here. For a refresher on Savage's career and all the reasons you should vote for him, check out Sergio's four part series here, here, here, and here. Now it's time for you to d ...
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Cageside Seats Tournament Finals: Why you should vote for "Macho Man" Randy Savage
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
The Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament has reached its finals after a long two month road to the end that featured a lot of bumps in the road for some elite talent of the industry. Except for "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and "Macho Man" Randy Savage, the two men who will battle it out starting tomorrow (Aug. 27, 2012) and ending Wednesday night at midnight CT. Geno has been stumping for Austin while I've been campaigning for Savage. I've written three pieces on the career of "Macho Man" explaining why he is undoubtedly the greatest wrestler of all-time. In the first piece, I discussed his pre-WWE days where he was invented the Reality TV era and the New World Order (nWo) invasion years and years before they actually came to fruition. In part two, his historic WWE run was highlighted including his WrestleMania III match with Ricky Steamboat, heralded as the greatest match in the promotion's history and one of the greatest matches in the sport period. We also touched ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Randy Savage
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 58
    In 2011, pro wrestling podcaster Peter Rosenberg stated, to agreement from veteran wrestler Shawn Michaels, that, "You add up all the things that he was capable of, and you can make a case that there was no one better than 'Macho Man'."
    More Details Hide Details Also that year, Kevin Eck of The Baltimore Sun lauded Savage as an all-round performer, saying that "nobody blended power, speed, agility, and technical skills like the 'Macho Man' in his prime". WWE released a DVD documentary, Macho Man: The Randy Savage Story, in November 2014. Despite a strained relationship over the years with the WWE, the documentary featured interviews with Savage's brother, Lanny Poffo and his mother, with Poffo giving insight to many of the rumors and denying some of the negative things other wrestlers said in the documentary about Savage, including his relationship with Elizabeth. 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. On January 12, 2015, WWE announced Savage as the first inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015, and that his Mega Powers partner and long-time rival Hulk Hogan would induct him. Savage's brother, Lanny Poffo appeared on the WWE Network that same night and commented on Savage's induction announcement by saying "I had no thoughts. I was so excited. Intellectually, there was nothing. It was all emotional. I was happy for the fans. They waited for Bruno Sammartino for so many years and now they waited for Macho Man." He went on to say that Savage's mother and his 30-year-old daughter are both very excited and said of the WWE Network, "Randy will never die."
    On the morning of May 20, 2011, Savage died at age 58 after suffering a sudden heart attack while driving with his wife in Seminole, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details He became unresponsive and lost control of his Jeep Wrangler, crashing into a tree. Initial reports of Savage's death indicated that he had been killed in the collision, when in fact, he and his wife had been wearing seatbelts and suffered only minor physical injuries in the crash. An autopsy performed by the medical examiner's office found that he had an enlarged heart and advanced coronary artery disease (more than 90% narrowed). The drugs found in his system included a prescription painkiller and a small amount of alcohol. Savage had never been treated for heart problems and there was no evidence that he was aware of his heart condition. The cause of death was officially ruled as atherosclerotic heart disease. Savage's remains were cremated and placed under a favorite tree on his property in Largo, Florida, near his mother's development. Ten days before his death, he had asked his brother to pour the ashes of his dog in the same spot.
    Savage died of cardiac arrhythmia while driving with his second wife Barbara Lynn Payne, in Seminole, Florida on the morning of May 20, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details On March 28, 2015, he was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Poffo was born in Columbus, Ohio, the elder son of Judy and Angelo Poffo. His father was Italian American and his mother was Jewish; Poffo was raised Roman Catholic. Angelo was a well-known wrestler in the 1950s and 1960s, who was featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! for his ability to do sit-ups for hours on end. His younger brother is professional wrestler Lanny Poffo. He lived in Zanesville, Ohio, where he attended Grover Cleveland Middle School. He graduated from Downers Grove North High School in Downers Grove, Illinois. He later moved to Staten Island, New York, before moving to Lexington, Kentucky, where he lived for many years. Savage was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals organization as a catcher out of high school. He was placed in the minor leagues to develop, where he mostly played as an outfielder in the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox farm systems.
  • 2010
    Age 57
    In May 2010, Savage married Barbara Lynn Payne, who was described as his "high school sweetheart" by Terry Funk.
    More Details Hide Details For years, Savage and Hulk Hogan were at odds and had an on again/off again friendship. According to Hogan, Jimmy Hart, and Savage's brother Lanny, the two reconciled shortly before his death.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    Savage reprised the role in Super Rhino in 2009 for the short film featuring the cast of Bolt.
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  • 2008
    Age 55
    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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  • 2005
    Age 52
    The main event of Final Resolution in January 2005 was scheduled to be Jarrett and Savage for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 49
    Savage's most famous film role was in the 2002 film Spider-Man as the wrestler Bonesaw McGraw (based on the comics character Crusher Hogan).
    More Details Hide Details Savage's memorable voice gave him voice acting roles for various television and film projects. He voiced the rogue alien wrestler "Rasslor" in the Dexter's Laboratory shorts Dial M for Monkey. He also 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.
  • 2000
    Age 47
    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 Savage at a gas station.
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  • 1999
    Age 46
    In 1999, he appeared on popular television shows Walker, Texas Ranger and Mad About You.
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  • 1998
    Age 45
    In 1998, Savage accepted an award from Harvard University's humor society Harvard Lampoon as Man of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Savage appeared in many television shows in the mid-to-late 90's. He 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.
    He made only one more appearance in 1998, helping Ric Flair defeat Eric Bischoff for the Presidency of WCW on the December 28, 1998 episode of Monday Nitro.
    More Details Hide Details When Savage returned, he debuted a new look and theme music, sporting a slicked back ponytail, earrings, and a new villainous attitude (though still embracing the fans), as well as introducing his then 22-year-old girlfriend Gorgeous George as his valet. His first action was as the guest referee in the main event at Spring Stampede, which was won by Diamond Dallas Page. For a short time afterward, Savage interfered in DDP's matches to make sure that Page kept his World title, but when Kevin Nash won it at Slamboree, Savage went after the title himself. It was around that time that Madusa and Miss Madness joined Savage as his other two valets; together they were known as Team Madness. At The Great American Bash, Sid Vicious returned to WCW and helped Macho Man attack Kevin Nash. This led to a tag team match at Bash at the Beach between Nash and Sting against Savage and Sid Vicious, in which whoever scored the winning fall would win the WCW World title. Savage won his fourth and final WCW World Heavyweight Championship when he pinned Nash. Savage's last reign as champion did not last long. The next night on Nitro, he lost the title to a returning Hollywood Hogan, when Nash interfered and powerbombed Savage (in a reversal of the situation from the previous year, in which Nash had attacked Hogan to help Savage keep his title, albeit unsuccessfully).
    In early 1998, Savage started a feud with Lex Luger which culminated in a match at Souled Out, which Luger won.
    More Details Hide Details Luger also won a rematch between the two at SuperBrawl VIII. When Hogan failed to recapture his "nWo" title from Sting, it was Savage's turn, and he got his shot at Spring Stampede. Hogan tried to make sure that Savage would not win the title because Hogan felt that he was the only nWo member who should be WCW World Heavyweight Champion, since he was the leader of the stable. With the help of Nash, however, Savage beat Sting for his third WCW World Heavyweight Championship, despite tearing his ACL in his knee during the match. The following night on Nitro, Hogan faced Savage for the championship. For a while it looked like Hogan had Savage beat, but for the second consecutive night, Nash came to Savage's aid, powerbombing Hogan. Savage tried to capitalize on this, but an interfering Bret Hart attacked Savage and preserved the victory for Hogan. Savage then joined with Nash and others to form the nWo Wolfpac, a split from Hogan's group. Savage went on to feud with both Hart and Roddy Piper.
  • 1997
    Age 44
    Savage returned to WCW on the January 20, 1997 edition of Nitro hijacking the show and refusing to leave the ring.
    More Details Hide Details Eventually Sting showed up, and the two left together. Savage appeared again with Sting at SuperBrawl VII but shockingly joined the nWo, when he helped Hogan defeat Roddy Piper. He also reunited with Elizabeth, who had joined the nWo several months earlier during Savage's hiatus from WCW. He began feuding with Diamond Dallas Page and DDP's wife Kimberly. Their feud lasted almost eight months which included tag team matches, a no disqualification match at Spring Stampede, a falls count anywhere match at The Great American Bash, and a Las Vegas Death match at Halloween Havoc.
  • 1996
    Age 43
    Flair and Savage continued to feud until June 1996 until the overall landscape of WCW changed.
    More Details Hide Details At Bash at the Beach, the nWo was formed when Hulk Hogan turned on Savage, Sting, and Lex Luger and joined "The Outsiders", a tag team of former WWF wrestlers Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. After their inception, one of their main enemies became Savage himself, who was one of the leaders of the WCW crusaders against the nWo. Savage threatened Hogan for months, often being attacked by the nWo. At Halloween Havoc, Savage finally faced Hogan for the WCW Title but lost when The Giant interfered and chokeslammed him. Savage left WCW following the event, when he was unable to reach a new deal with the company.
    In January 1996, Savage brought Elizabeth with him into WCW as his manager once again, but she turned on Savage in his last title loss to Flair.
    More Details Hide Details Thereafter, Flair claimed that Elizabeth had given him a sizable amount of Savage's money, taken in their divorce settlement, which Flair used to set up a "VIP section" at Monday Nitro events.
    Savage won his second WCW World Heavyweight Championship back from Flair on the January 22, 1996 episode of Nitro but re-lost the title to Flair the next month in a steel cage match at SuperBrawl VI.
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  • 1995
    Age 42
    He 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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  • 1994
    Age 41
    Savage made his first appearance for WCW on the December 3, 1994 episode of Saturday Night.
    More Details Hide Details Savage made reference to the love/hate relationship he had with Hulk Hogan and stated his desire to be the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Savage appeared at Starrcade saving Hogan from an attack by The Three Faces of Fear, shaking hands with his friend and rival. At SuperBrawl V, he teamed up with Sting and took on Avalanche and Big Bubba Rogers in a tag team match, which Sting and Savage won. The following month at Uncensored, Savage wrestled Avalanche with Savage getting the win by disqualification when a fan, who happened to be Ric Flair dressed in drag, attacked Savage. This led to a feud between Savage and Flair where Flair attacked Savage's father, Angelo Poffo at Slamboree following a tag team main event where Savage and Hogan defeated Flair and Vader. He participated in the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship tournament and defeated The Butcher in the first round and "Stunning" Steve Austin in the quarterfinals. Savage interfered in Flair's match against Alex Wright, attacking Flair and causing Wright to get disqualified, which set up a tournament semi-final match in which the winner would face the winner of the Sting and Meng match for the United States Heavyweight Championship at The Great American Bash. Savage and Flair's tournament semi-final match never took place, however, due to Savage and Flair brawling in the backstage area prior to the match and both being eliminated from the tournament. Savage and Flair would wrestle at the event that took place on Father's Day.
    At the end of October 1994, Savage's WWF contract expired and he left to sign with the competing World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
    More Details Hide Details On the October 31 Raw, Bob Backlund faced Lex Luger. During the match, Luger was attacked by Tatanka and Savage made the save. Later on, Savage said it was hard to sit in the announcer's chair and watch things like that happen to Luger. The following week on the November 7 episode of Raw, Vince McMahon announced that Savage had left the company thanking him for his contributions and wishing him the best of luck in the future making Halloween night the final time Savage ever appeared on WWF programming.
    Meanwhile, Savage was also 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.
    More Details Hide Details Before the SummerSlam PPV, Savage and several WWF superstars, including Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, Bart Gunn and the 1-2-3 Kid took part in a charity softball match against the "Chicago Media All-Stars". The WWF superstars won the game 9–7 with Savage showcasing his old baseball skills by hitting a home run.
    Savage also made periodic appearances in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion in fall 1994.
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    Savage returned to pay-per-view at Survivor Series as a substitute for Mr. Perfect and competed in the 1994 Royal Rumble match.
    More Details Hide Details His last WWF pay-per-view appearance as a competitor was a victory over Crush in a Falls Count Anywhere match at WrestleMania X.
  • 1993
    Age 40
    Savage's music debut was on the WWF-produced WrestleMania: The Album in 1993, where he sang on the song "Speaking From The Heart", one of many songs sung by then-WWF wrestlers on the CD.
    More Details Hide Details Ten years later, on October 7, 2003, Savage released a rap album titled Be a Man. It includes a tribute to "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig as well as a diss track aimed at Hulk Hogan. Savage promoted Be A Man with a concert tour featuring Brian Adams as his bodyguard and Ron Harris as touring manager. During this time, the development of a second album was already in progress with Savage exclaiming, "We are absolutely going to have more records." However, no further albums were released.
    When Monday Night Raw began in January 1993, Savage served primarily as a color commentator, wrestling only occasionally against characters such as Doink, The Repo Man, Rick Martel, and Crush.
    More Details Hide Details However, he was the runner up in the Royal Rumble match at Royal Rumble, where he was eliminated by Yokozuna.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 39
    For the better part of 1992, Savage and his old nemesis The Ultimate Warrior (who returned to the WWF at WrestleMania VIII), peacefully co-existed.
    More Details Hide Details However, when it was announced that Warrior was the new number one contender for Savage's WWF World Heavyweight Championship, old tensions resurfaced and they had several heated exchanges prior to the match. Savage defended the title against The Ultimate Warrior at SummerSlam. Savage lost the match by countout, after having his knee injured by Flair and Mr. Perfect, but retained the championship. After the match, Warrior helped a badly injured Savage to the back. On the September 14 episode of Prime Time Wrestling (taped September 1), Savage lost the WWF World Heavyweight Title to Flair after an interference from Razor Ramon. He 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. After his title loss shortly after, an injured Savage backed Warrior to be the man to dethrone Flair. On the November 8, 1992 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, they took on Money Inc. Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Money. Inc. lost by countout but retained their title. Savage and Warrior were scheduled to face Flair and Ramon in a tag team match at Survivor Series. Warrior was fired from the WWF weeks before the event, so Savage chose Mr. Perfect, executive consultant to Flair, as his partner to replace Warrior.
    The former couple were divorced on September 18, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details A statement announcing the divorce appeared in WWF Magazine at about the same time, a rare break of kayfabe for the WWF at the time; the divorce was never referenced again nor did it figure into any of Savage's future feuds for the duration of his WWF run.
    During this time, Savage and Elizabeth separated in real life, and Elizabeth made her final WWF appearance on April 19, 1992 at the UK Rampage pay-per-view, where Savage defended the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Shawn Michaels.
    More Details Hide Details However, the Savage-Flair feud continued, keeping the Flair-Elizabeth television storyline intact until Elizabeth's final WWF appearance (the UK Rampage match between Savage and Michaels) aired on WWF Prime Time Wrestling in June. About this same time, WWF Magazine published photos of Savage and Elizabeth, which were identical to those featuring Elizabeth and Flair; it was revealed that Flair had doctored the Savage-Elizabeth pictures.
    The feud continued throughout the winter, ending after a match on the February 8, 1992 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, which Savage won; Roberts had planned a backstage ambush of Savage and Elizabeth after losing the match, but was stopped by The Undertaker.
    More Details Hide Details Savage then began an on-screen feud with WWF World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair. According to the storyline, Flair claimed that he had been in a prior relationship with Savage's wife Miss Elizabeth, going as far as presenting pictures of Elizabeth and Flair together. This culminated in a title match at WrestleMania VIII; Savage won the match and his second WWF World Heavyweight Championship.
  • 1990
    Age 37
    In late 1990, Savage started a feud with then WWF World Heavyweight Champion The Ultimate Warrior.
    More Details Hide Details The feud escalated at Royal Rumble, when Warrior refused to promise Savage the right to challenge him for the title, should Warrior defend it successfully against Sgt. Slaughter (Slaughter had already granted Savage this opportunity, should he beat Warrior). Savage had sent Sensational Queen Sherri out before the match to try to persuade the Warrior to promise this in a face-to-face interview laced with sexual innuendos, but was unsuccessful. Outraged, Savage promised revenge, which he got during the Slaughter-Warrior title match. Before the match began, "The Macho King" Randy Savage attacked the champion, resulting in the Ultimate Warrior having to crawl to the ring. Later, Savage ran out to the ring and smashed the sceptre over Warrior's head, (knocking him unconscious for Slaughter to pin), and then immediately sprinted back to the locker room. The events at the Royal Rumble led to a career-ending match at WrestleMania VII, which Savage lost. After the match, Savage was attacked by Queen Sherri as he lay dejected in the ring. This was too much for Miss Elizabeth who happened to be in the audience. Elizabeth rushed to Savage's aid, fighting off Sherri and reuniting with her one-time love to huge crowd appreciation, with Savage becoming a fan favorite once again for the first time since 1989. Despite his retirement from active wrestling, Savage stayed in the WWF in a non-wrestling capacity while The Ultimate Warrior was fired by Vince McMahon after SummerSlam later that year.
    The "Macho King" and Hulk Hogan met one last time (intended to end their ongoing year-long feud), when Savage got a shot at Hogan's WWF World Heavyweight Championship on the February 23, 1990 episode of The Main Event.
    More Details Hide Details The pinfall was counted by new heavyweight boxing champion Buster Douglas despite Savage kicking out at two, Douglas then punched Savage in the face after Savage confronted and then slapped Douglas. Savage then began feuding with the "Common Man" Dusty Rhodes, losing a mixed tag match (along with Sherri) to Rhodes and Sapphire at WrestleMania VI but beating him in a singles match at SummerSlam.
  • 1989
    Age 36
    Savage adopted the moniker "The Macho King" after defeating Jim Duggan for the King of the Ring title in September 1989 (Duggan in turn had won it from Haku).
    More Details Hide Details On a later wrestling episode, he had a coronation as the new "King of the WWF" led by wrestler The Genius (actually Savage's brother, Lanny Poffo), in which Ted DiBiase gave him a scepter as a gift. Savage would use that scepter as a weapon numerous times.
    In April 1989, he replaced Elizabeth with Sensational Sherri.
    More Details Hide Details Savage would co-main event SummerSlam, teaming with Zeus, a character from Hulk Hogan's movie, No Holds Barred, against The Mega-Maniacs (Hogan and Brutus Beefcake). Savage and Zeus faced Hogan and Beefcake in a rematch contested in a steel cage at No Holds Barred and lost again.
    On the February 3, 1989 episode of The Main Event, Savage and Hogan took on the Twin Towers in a match that saw Elizabeth accidentally get injured at ringside.
    More Details Hide Details Hogan carried her to the back, which enraged Savage to the point that he abandoned Hogan later in the match. Savage and Hogan got into a heated argument with Savage declaring that Hogan was an inferior wrestler to him and that he wanted to steal Elizabeth from him. He then proceeded to attack his partner, then attacked Brutus Beefcake as he tried to intervene before finally being separated by security, thus Savage turned heel once again for the first time since 1987. At WrestleMania V, Savage dropped the WWF World Heavyweight Title to Hogan after a reign of 371 days.
    Problems between Savage and Hogan developed, however, in early 1989 after Hogan also took Elizabeth as his manager.
    More Details Hide Details At the Royal Rumble, Hogan accidentally eliminated Savage from the Royal Rumble match and they started to fight until Elizabeth separated them.
  • 1988
    Age 35
    In the case of the latter feud, Savage frequently became involved in Hogan's matches involving one of the two villains (and vice versa); the two rival factions captained opposing teams in the main event of the 1988 Survivor Series, which was won by the Mega Powers.
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  • 1987
    Age 34
    On the October 3, 1987, edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, he got his shot at The Honky Tonk Man and the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship, but lost out on the title when The Hart Foundation, who along with Honky were managed by Jimmy Hart, interrupted the match, getting Honky disqualified.
    More Details Hide Details In the ensuing beatdown, Miss Elizabeth got Hulk Hogan to save him, leading to the formation of "The Mega Powers". Savage would lead a team of five against Honky's team of five at the first annual Survivor Series where Savage's team were victorious, avenging Elizabeth's honor and ending his feud with Honky. At WrestleMania IV, he participated in the 14-man tournament for the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship. He had successful matches against Butch Reed, Greg Valentine and One Man Gang, and then went on to the finals, in which he defeated "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, by pinning him with the help of Hogan. Savage retained the WWF World Heavyweight Title for over a year, defending it against the likes of super heavyweights One Man Gang and André the Giant. The Mega Powers' main feuds were with The Mega Bucks (Ted DiBiase and André the Giant), whom they defeated in the main event of the first-ever SummerSlam pay-per-view event, and The Twin Towers, a tag team composed of super-heavyweights Big Boss Man and Akeem (formerly the One Man Gang).
    Savage won the King of the Ring tournament later in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Savage's popularity was rising to the point that he was being cheered by a majority of the fans despite being heel, so he became less hostile towards the fans and Miss Elizabeth. When The Honky Tonk Man declared himself "the greatest Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time", Savage began a feud with him to get the title back, becoming a fan favorite in the process.
    He resumed his feud with Steele in early 1987, culminating in two Intercontinental Heavyweight Title matches, both won by Savage.
    More Details Hide Details Savage wrestled Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III in the Pontiac Silverdome. After 19 two-counts, Steamboat pinned Savage (with help from George Steele, who pushed Savage from the top rope seconds before he was pinned) to end his near 14-month reign as WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. The match was extremely choreographed, as opposed to the "on the fly" nature of most wrestling matches at the time. 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. The match was named 1987's Match of the Year by both Pro Wrestling Illustrated and the Wrestling Observer. Steamboat and Savage were seen cheering with and hugging other wrestlers after the match.
    Aside from championships, he was the 1987 WWF King of the Ring and the 1995 WCW World War 3 winner.
    More Details Hide Details A major pay-per-view attraction in the 1980s and 1990s, Savage headlined WrestleManias IV, V and VIII (being part of a double main event at the last of those presentations), as well as four of the first five SummerSlam shows, the 1995 edition of WCW's Starrcade, and many other events. At the peak of his popularity, he held similar drawing power to that of Hulk Hogan. For most of his tenures in the WWF and WCW, Savage was managed by his real-life wife "Miss Elizabeth" Hulette. He was recognizable by wrestling fans for his distinctively deep and raspy voice, his ring attire, intensity exhibited in and out of the ring, using "Pomp and Circumstance" as his entrance music, and his signature catch phrase, "Oooh yeah!".
  • 1986
    Age 33
    In a rematch on the February 24, 1986 (taped February 8) episode of Prime Time Wrestling, he won the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship at the Boston Garden by using an illegal steel object stashed in his tights to knock out Santana.
    More Details Hide Details Early in his WWF career, Savage also won two countout victories in Madison Square Garden over his future tag team partner WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan (although the belt did not change hands due to the countout) as well as engaging in feuds with Bruno Sammartino and George "The Animal" Steele. During this time, Savage also formed a tag-team with semi-retired wrestler come color commentator Jesse "The Body" Ventura, who would remain a vocal supporter of Savage until Ventura left the WWF in mid-1990.
    Savage's feud with Steele began on the January 4, 1986 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, when Steele developed a crush on Miss Elizabeth.
    More Details Hide Details At WrestleMania 2, Savage defeated Steele in a match to retain his Intercontinental Heavyweight Title.
  • 1985
    Age 32
    The November 2, 1985 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, he unsuccessfully challenged Santana for the title (Savage won the match by countout, but not the title because the title did not change hands by countout).
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    In late 1985, Savage started a feud with then Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Tito Santana over that title.
    More Details Hide Details Santana beat him on October 19, 1985 at San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    He made his pay-per-view (PPV) debut at The Wrestling Classic on November 7, 1985, participating in a 16-man tournament.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated Ivan Putski, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, and the Dynamite Kid before losing by a countout in the finals to Junkyard Dog.
    In June 1985, Savage signed with Vince McMahon.
    More Details Hide Details Billed as "the top free agent in pro wrestling", Savage's first appearances on Tuesday Night Titans featured several established managers (including Bobby Heenan, Jimmy Hart, and "Classy" Freddie Blassie) offering their services to Savage. He eventually declined their offers and chose Miss Elizabeth as his new manager. His gimmick was a crazed, ego-maniacal bully who mistreated Miss Elizabeth and threatened anyone who even looked at her.
  • 1984
    Age 31
    Savage married Elizabeth Hulette, better known as Miss Elizabeth, in 1984. They divorced in 1992.
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    Later in 1984, 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.
    More Details Hide Details This ended when Lawler beat Savage in a Loser Leaves Town match on June 7 in Memphis, Tennessee.
    He also 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 (though Savage's brother Lanny later said that Morton was not injured in the attack).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 20
    Savage first broke into the wrestling business in 1973 during the fall and winter of the baseball off season.
    More Details Hide Details His first wrestling character, The Spider, was similar to Spider-Man. He later took the ring name Randy Savage at the suggestion of his longtime friend and trainer Terry "the goose" Stephens and Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW) booker Ole Anderson, who said that the name Poffo did not fit someone who "wrestled like a savage". The "Macho Man" nickname was adopted after his mother Judy Poffo read a Reader's Digest article predicting that the phrase would become "the next hot term". Savage eventually decided to end his baseball career and become a full-time wrestler, working with his brother and father. He wrestled his first match against midwest territory wrestler, "Golden Boy" Paul Christy. Savage worked with his father and brother in Michigan, the Carolinas, Georgia, the Maritimes, and the eastern Tennessee territory run by Nick Gulas. After a while, his father felt that his sons were not getting the pushes they deserved so he started the "outlaw" International Championship Wrestling (ICW) promotion in the mid-American states. Eventually, ICW disbanded and Randy and Lanny entered the Memphis scene, joining Jerry Lawler's Continental Wrestling Association (their former competitors). While there, Savage feuded with Lawler over the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 18
    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 also his roommate.
    More Details Hide Details Savage would swing a bat into a hanging car tire as a regular training exercise in order to strengthen his hands and make sure he utilized his legs during swings. The technique was so effective that Herndon adopted it and used it during his own career as a baseball coach. Savage injured his natural (right) throwing shoulder after a collision at home plate, and he learned to throw with his left arm instead. Savage's last season was 1974, when he played for the Tampa Tarpons. He played 289 games in four minor league seasons, batting .254 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on November 15, 1952.
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