Professional wrestling has been a staple of modern entertainment for years. From Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, entertainment by watching grown men in leather pants punch each other in scripted fights have been very appealing. Some of these wrestlers have used the platform to build a global following, some have simply fought and retired as Legends and fan favorites. Some, unfortunately, is dead. In the case of Randy Mario Poffo, more popularly known as Randy Savage, he died on May 20, 2011. Although he did not become a part of the global fame that some wrestlers have enjoyed when they crossed to movies, he had a career that transversed wrestling. During his 32-year career, he won 29 titles, including WWF World Heavyweight Championship twice and WCW World Heavyweight Championship four times.
What is Randy Savage Famous for?
- An American professional wrestler and color commentator.
What is the death reason behind Randy Savage?
As per online sources, He died on the morning of May 20, 2011, suffering a sudden heart attack at age 58 while driving with his wife in Seminole, Florida. He became unresponsive and lost control of his Jeep Wrangler, crashing into a tree.
An autopsy proved that he suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease before his death. Per his wishes, he was cremated and his ashes were placed under his favorite tree in Largo, Florida.
Where is Randy Savage born?
Back to his early life, Randy Savage was born in Columbus, Ohio. His father was Italian American and his mother was Jewish; Savage was raised Roman Catholic family. He is the elder son of Judy and Angelo Poffo and his younger brother are professional wrestlers Lanny Poffo.
Randy attended Grover Cleveland Middle School in Zanesville, Ohio. He completed his graduation from Downers Grove North High School in Downers Grove, Illinois. Savage moved to Staten Island, New York, after completing his graduation.
When did Macho Man Randy Savage retire?
- Randy and his brother, Lanny, joined Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler’s ‘Continental Wrestling Association’ in Memphis and feuded over the ‘AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship’ title. He teamed up with his brother and fought ‘The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express’ in a feud. He was subsequently disqualified for piledriving his opponent through the timekeeper’s table.
- Professional boxing took him through the phases of being the good guy, or the “babyface,” against Jimmy Hart in 1984 and the bad guy, or the “heel,” against Lawler in 1985, ultimately ending in Lawler defeating Savage in a ‘Loser Leaves Town’ match.
- In mid-1985, he signed up with Vince McMahon and appeared on ‘Tuesday Night Titans.’ He made his pay-per-view debut at ‘The Wrestling Classic’ event in November 1985, in which he defeated The Dragon and Dynamite Kid and lost to Junkyard Dog in the finals.
- In the latter half of 1985, he had a feud with the ‘Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion’ Tito Santana, in the course of which he was beaten in October 1985. He later won by count out in November 1985. However, he won the match but not the title, as the title did not change hands by count out.
- He won the ‘WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship’ title from Santana on a ‘Prime Time Wrestling’ episode, at the ‘Boston Garden,’ in February 1986, using an unauthorized metal object to knock out his opponent.
- He formed a tag team with Jesse Ventura, also known as “The Body,” who remained his supporter till 1990. During this period, he had an ongoing feud with George “The Animal” Steele, who had a crush on Miss Elizabeth. The feud culminated in an ‘International Heavyweight’ title match, which was won by Savage.
- He lost his ‘Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion’ title in a match against Ricky Steamboat at ‘WrestleMania III’ in 1987. The bout was heavily choreographed and rehearsed for the audience and was named the “Match of the Year” by ‘Pro Wrestling Illustrated’ and the ‘Wrestling Observer.’
- Later, he won the ‘King of the Ring’ tournament and began a feud against The Honky Tonk Man, who had declared himself “the greatest Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time” and was making advances at Miss Elizabeth. Savage finally defeated him by countout, but could not regain the title.
- In 1989, he developed differences with Hogan, who, at that time, wished to have Miss Elizabeth as his manager. Randy ultimately left Elizabeth and replaced her with former ‘WWF Women’s Champion’ Sensational Sherri.
- Later that year, Savage suffered a defeat against The Warrior at ‘WrestleMania VII,’ after which Sherri attacked him in the ring. This brought Miss Elizabeth to his rescue and spelled his retirement.
- He continued with non-wrestling roles on the show and married Miss Elizabeth on stage. Later, he was reinstated. He participated in a ‘WCW’bout in 2000 and then made his final appearance at a ‘Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’ event (2004–2005).
- Besides his wrestling, Savage appeared in many television shows in the mid-to-late ’90s. Popular television shows like Walker, Texas Ranger and Mad About You he made his appearance in 1999. In 1996 He appeared on a wrestling-themed episode of Baywatch with fellow WCW wrestlers Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Big Van Vader, and Kevin Sullivan. His most famous film role was in the film Spider-Man in 2002 as the wrestler. In 2009 for the short film Bolt reprised the role in Super Rhino.
Who is Randy Savage married to?
Reflecting his personal life, Savage married twice in his life. He got married to his wife Elizabeth Hulette, better known as Miss Elizabeth in 1984. The couple gets divorced in 1992. Again on May 2010, he married his second wife Barbara Lynn Payne, who was described as his “high school sweetheart”. Savage and Hulk Hogan were at on friendship and reconciled shortly before his death.
How much is Randy Savage net worth?
At the height of his career, Randy Savage’s popularity and value to the World Wrestling Federation were almost on par with wrestling icon, Hulk Hogan. His long wrestling career and fame helped him amass a net worth of $8 million at the time of his death.
How tall is Randy Savage?
Before his death, He stands a height of 6 feet 2 inches and weighs around 108 Kg. His other body information was not disclosed yet. In the case of disclosed, we will let you know.
Did You Know?
- One of a handful of wrestlers to become the Heavyweight Champion in both the WWF and WCW. (WWF twice, WCW 4 times).
- Had a real-life on-again/off-again friendship with Hulk Hogan.
- Used the same entrance theme as Gorgeous George, who was his favorite wrestler.