The Life And Times of Macho Man Randy Savage

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Back in May 2011 we lost one of the most famous and well respected wrestlers of all time, The Macho Man Randy Savage. Along with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant he helped turn what was essential a regional wrestling company into a worldwide phenomenon. Some professional wrestlers have argued that his style, abilities and charisma make him the best wrestling star of all time. Let's take a look back at Macho Man’s colourful life.

Early Life

Randy Marius Poffo was born on November 15th 1952in Colombia Ohio. The son of a wrestler Angelo Poffo, Randy grew up an adventurous boy who whilst enjoyed wrestling along with his brother Lanny Poffo, he actually set his sights on becoming a professional Baseball player. He had an impressive career in the minor leagues but never quite made that transition to the big time but it was between seasons playing baseball that he began to take wrestling a bit more seriously. By this time his brother was also breaking into professional wrestling and after a few name and character ideas Randy settled on the name Macho Man Randy Savage. Between 1972 and 1984 Randy Savage wrestled for many regional restyling organisations and it was his exceptional styles and his flamboyance that for him noticed by Vince McMahon of the WWF who promptly signed him in 1985.


Glory Days

He was a popular character though despite him being more of a villain if anything and his appearance at pay per view events like the subsequent wrestlemania’s helped grow the WWF into the number one wrestling organisation in the world. His glory days at the end of the 80s would see him find an ally in Hulk Hogan and their tag team The Mega Powers was a massive audience pull. Also in this era he was intercontinental champion and also held the title of heavyweight champion which he held for over a year losing it to his former best friend Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania V. He saw out the 80s with the WWF before "retiring" from wrestling and becoming a commentator in the 90s however he returned to the ring and wrestled with rival federations WCW and TNA right up to his official retirement in the mid 2000s.


Other Credentials

As well as being a famous wrestler he was a singer who also featured on a WWF  album released in 1993 and twenty years later released a rap album which featured his unmistakable voice which can also be heard of many of his voiceover projects such as Dexter’s Laboratory and King Of the Hill. He also acted in various TV shows such as Baywatch and Walker, Texas Ranger but perhaps his most famous role was playing the wrestler Bonesaw McGraw in 2002 blockbuster Spider-Man. Macho man died May 20th 2011 when he suffered a fatal heart attack behind the wheel of his car. With the anniversary of his death fast approaching let's remember the classic matches and events he was a big part of, his charitable work for autism charities and children's hospitals in Florida where he lived and the massive legacy he left behind.

Published by Matt Young in 80s Sports