“Macho Man” Randy Savage died in 2011 and will always be remembered as one of the most colorful and entertaining professional wrestlers in the history of the profession. Savage wrestled all over the world, finding success in the WWE and WCW, holding many major titles and taking part in some of the greatest feuds in the history of the sport. Savage leaves behind a legacy that is as colorful as it is controversial.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage originally wanted to play baseball. Born Randy Poffo, he excelled in baseball in high school. He ended up signing a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals organization when he graduated from high school. He spent his entire baseball career in the minor leagues at St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago for the White Sox. He played baseball for four seasons before leaving the sport to enter his father’s profession, professional wrestling.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage got his start in professional wrestling in smaller regional promotions like Georgia Championship Wrestling and the Continental Wrestling Association in Tennessee. Savage feuded with wrestlers such as Jerry “The King” Lawler, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart before finally making his debut in the big leagues, signing with the WWF.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage signed with the WWF and immediately made a splash. Savage started looking for a manager and everyone in the WWF wanted to manage him. He systematically shot down each manager and eventually chose an unknown female named Miss Elizabeth to be his new manager. The relationship between the two helped his character become the most hated in the federation. He berated Elizabeth and treated her poorly, making fans want someone to put him in his place. Savage eventually softened and, after a short separation, married Elizabeth in the storyline, although the two were married in real life as well. Savage and Elizabeth divorced in real life; she left the WWF and he eventually departed as well.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage next went to the WWF’s main rival, World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Savage entered the WCW and immediately continued his heated rivalry with Hulk Hogan, who also left WWF for WCW. Savage became a big part of the nWo (New World Order) storyline, joining the group and then playing a major role in finally splitting them up. Savage wrestled in WCW from 1994 until 2000 when he finally departed and retired from professional wrestling.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage randomly turned up on professional wrestling programs over the years but his retirement was never really broken. He showed up at TNA wrestling in 2004 where he contributed in a six-man tag team match and then began a slight feud with Jeff Jarrett. But, it was short lived and Savage moved on to the next part of his life. People outside of wrestling have fond memories of Savage from his Slim Jim television commercials as well as appearances in movies like “Spider-Man.” Savage remarried in 2010 and his new wife, Barbara, was with him at the time of his heart attack and death in 2011.
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