Wrestling: Randy Savage

One of the more introverted
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Randall Mario Poffo, best known as "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was one of the most notable names of Professional Wrestling during The '80s and a good portion of The '90s, with a career spanning over 20 years. Managed for much of his career by his late wife Miss Elizabeth, Savage (whether a face or heel) was the perfect complement to Hulk Hogan; while Hogan did well with the kiddies, Savage's intense and more adult character (particularly his romance with Elizabeth) appealed to their parents, and his mix of power wrestling, high flying maneuvers, and blatant shoot-you-in-the-back cheating drew in the more 'traditional' wrestling fans who didn't pop for Five Moves of Doom and bodybuilder posedowns.

A 2x WWE World Heavyweight Champion and 4x WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Savage would go on to wrestle Spider-Man, provide the voice of an intergalactic wrestler, hawk beef jerky and make a rap CD (they can't all be winners, folks).

Snippets of some of his quotes have been used to open up each installment of Maffew's Botchamania blooper series, usually his more bizarre ones ("I don't even know what that words means! Is that a bird!?").

Savage passed away on May 20th, 2011 at the age of 58: after suffering a sudden, massive heart attack while driving, he lost control of his Jeep Wrangler and crashed into a tree. Initial reports of his 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. Rather coincidentally, on the same day, Slim Jim's factory in North Carolina closed down, as well.

For more on Savage, go to That Other Wiki for a detailed article on his career and life.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim fandom has honoured his legacy in the most baffling of ways, with a mod that turns all dragons into Macho Man.

Oh, and he guest-starred in an episode of Dexter's Laboratory. Sadly he does not elbow drop Dee Dee.

On January 12, 2015, after years of hoping from the fans, it was announced that Savage would finally go in to the WWE Hall of Fame.

OOOOOH YEAH! Snap into these tropes, associated with the MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE!:

  • Affectionate Parody: "Black Machismo"(TNA)/"The Machismo King"(Ring of Honor) Jay Lethal (and in RingSide Collectibles promotional skits for Randy Savage action figures).
    • Lethal even got to do the "Megapowers handshake" with a bemused Hulk Hogan when he arrived in TNA.
    • As well in The Spoony Experiment (which, awkwardly, killed him in his cameo a day or so before he died), and in Epic Rap Battles of History.
    • "Manly Man Ricky Ravage" on the Code Monkeys episode "Rassle Mania," along with "Bulk Togan", "Sergey the Giant" and "Sgt. Murder".
    • A one shot in WWE's ECW show, Macho Libre.
    • The developers of Borderlands 2 have called Mr. Torgue their version of Savage.
    • Motormaster from the comics-only continuation of Transformers Animated is written with the personality of the Macho Man.
    • Damian Sandow was Randy Savage to Curtis Axel's Hulk Hogan in a 2015 WWE parody of the Mega Powers which was aborted when Hogan got fired.
  • All American Face: Randy sometimes dressed as one, though he was more accurately a Tweener.
  • Always Second Best: He was the Daffy Duck to Hulk Hogan's Bugs Bunny.
  • Apocalypse Day Planner: His death and the inevitable apocalypse-that-didn't-happen became a joke that stated "Macho Man died to stop the apocalypse"
  • Arch-Enemy: While never explicitly acknowledged as thus, EVERY time he lost a World Heavyweight Title, in WWE or WCW, it was ALWAYS to either Hulk Hogan or to Ric Flair.
  • Badass Beard & Badass Grandpa: Self explanatory; he was a pretty hirsute fella.
    • Badass Longcoat: Wore one in TNA to disguise his grizzly bear frame.
    • Badass Finger Snap: Used to punctuate his rants in promos. Often a sign that he was losing patience with his interviewer.
  • Baseball: The St. Louis Cardinals signed him as a catcher out of high school and he was sent to the minor leagues to help him develop. He would play for the Cardinals', the Cincinnati Reds' and the Chicago White Sox' farm league teams but never made it to the majors.
  • Berserk Button: The Take That "Nacho Man" skits done by WWF in the mid 90s made fun of Randy's age and bald spot; both of which he was very sensitive about according to Lanny Poffo.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: On the May 27, 1999 WCW Thunder, he ended a promo with "If you smell what the Mach is cooking!"
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Macho Man might have been one of the most insane people in wrestling (and that's saying a lot) but he also went to great lengths to ensure he had the best matches he could possibly make.
  • The Cameo: A villainous baseball player who tries to psyche out the hero in Rookie of the Year.
  • Captain Ersatz: The WWF may have neglected him, WCW may have gone out of business, Legends Of Wrestling might not have existed yet, but you could still play Randy Savage, or something close enough, in the Fire Pro Wrestling series.
  • Careful with That Axe: Savage's promos typically would go back and forth between an intense whisper and suddenly GROWLING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • DIG IT!
    • SNAP INTO A SLIM JIM! (Whereupon he does so, and something awesome happens.)
    • A "videoscope®" is the equipment you need to record in glorious GrappleVision™.
  • Celebrity Endorsement: "Snap into a Slim Jim!"
  • Character Tics: Look for him to wag his finger during promos. He always did it.
  • Cincinnatus: Odd subversion; towards the end of his life, he was much more comfortable with being Randy Poffo, minor league baseball washout, than he was with being wrestling legend Randy Savage.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Many of his promos didn't make any sense. This did not stop them from being awesome, however.
  • Co-Dragons: Sensational Sherri and Tiny Lister a.k.a. Zeus from No Holds Barred.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Knew all sorts of shortcuts. Like driving people's throats into the ropes to stun them or hogtying them so they couldn't make it back to the ring.
    • He won his WrestleMania X match against Crush by stringing him up after the out-of-the-ring pinfall to prevent him from getting back to the ring before the count of 60.note  Notable in that John Cena would practically homage this by using a similar method to beat Batista in their Last Man Standing match in 2010.
  • Cool Shades: Often gaudy colored shades with strips of plastic or odd designs over the lenses.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Savage used to put tons of prep work into his matches and would meticulously rehearse and plan each and every detail of his matches.
  • Cuckoolander Commentator: His time as a commentator saw him lean more toward "crazy" than "Crazy Awesome", but through all his rambling diatribes, he was as Macho Man as he'd ever been.
  • Death Song: "My Perfect Friend," about Curt Hennig, from his rap album Be A Man.
  • Dented Iron: His match with Flair at Starccade. Savage is basically wrestling with one arm tied behind his back (due to a torn muscle that he was working through) for what seems to be a giant middle finger to the dirtsheets. Hogan famously burned the copy of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reporting Savage’s injury and said that Dave Meltzer had been WORKED, BROTHER. Savage was then seen with his useless arm heavily wrapped and dangling limp at his side. Unfortunately this would be a common sight at Nitro, with various appendages shrinking and getting bandaged (he must have needed some serious bracing to even keep him standing), until even Macho's marks stopped being fazed by it.
    • After a series of knee injuries ending about 1998, Savage couldn't work at his former level, and had to be protected with a series of valets doing interference spots; this was far from the worst thing about WCW in 1999. Due to a neck injury he suffered while filming Spider-Man, he could no longer even turn his head towards the end of his life. There were also unsubstantiated reports of a health scare involving steroids, after which Savage shrank from about 260 to less than 200 pounds; his heart attack was determined to be the result of a steroid-enlarged heart.note 
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "My curiosity is killing me just like the cat would be killed by the curiosity!"
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: When the Ultimate Warrior left shortly before the 1992 Survivor Series, Savage had to get a new partner. He then lured Mr. Perfect from Team Flair, which culminated in Perfect beating Flair in a Loser Leaves the WWF match on Monday Night Raw.
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: In 1996, WCW seized on his "recent" split with Liz Hueltte, though they had been divorced for 4 years by then. Macho resurfaced in full mid-life crisis mode, upping the ante with three—count 'em—three stacked blondes who were draping themselves over him. Flair managed to snag Elizabeth on the rebound, and of course he wouldn't shut up about how he was plowing Liz Huelette, so Randy began to feud with him. Then Liz started accompanying Flair during his entrances, peeling off her alimony money (Ted DiBiase-style) and throwing it to the crowd.
    Brandon Stroud: Savage is furious to the point of attacking strangers because his ex-wife is getting a percentage of his ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ segment money. AMAZING.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Sure, let's have a 230 lb guy divebomb onto a 145 lb guy. What could go wrong! (Macho Man, even in his gimpy state, was able to puncture Charles Robinson's lung.)
    • Savage's condition was really deteriorating over time, which was the reason Vince didn't want him anywhere near a WWF ring. Late in his career, Savage couldn't absorb the impact on his side like he used to delivering when those elbows from the top rope, so he favored his other side heavily. DDP has talked about a match with Savage where he explicitly tells him to go easy with it in the match, and Savage ended up railing him and cracking his ribs. This seems to have became a common thing with the late-era Randy Savage.
  • Dreadful Musician: Let's just say Savage's rap album didn't sell well.
    • One Amazon review described the vocals as sounding like "Nick Nolte on a whiskey and sandpaper binge."
    • I mean how can you argue with this:
    People wanna know if Macho's still in the ring
    People wanna know if Randy's doin' his thing
    Everybody's talkin' wanna know this and that
    So I'm a tell ya right now Randy Savage is back!
    • In one interview, Savage confided that the reason he chose to do a rap album is because his singing is even worse than his rapping.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Macho Man’s WCW career came to an abrupt end when Dennis Rodman tossed him in a port-a-potty. This was kinda par for the course with Macho Man’s final few months in WCW...
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Spent the last decade of his life taking care of his aging parents.
  • Evil Costume Switch: In 1990, during his "Macho King" run, Savage switched from trunks to long tights and started wearing shirts during matches. He kept this look after turning face in 1991. The reason for the costume switch was because Randy had gotten a bit flabby after quitting steroids and was trying to hide his loss of definition. When he went to WCW in December of 1994, he began wrestling shirtless again, but still kept the tights.
  • Finishing Move: The Savage Elbow.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Both his on-screen friendships and tag team partnerships with Hulk Hogan (The Mega Powers in the WWF, and the Monster Maniacs in WCW), and The Ultimate Warrior (The Ultimate Maniacs) were based on this.
  • Glasses Pull: Later in his career, the wraparound glasses rarely left his face. And when they did it spelled doom for someone.
  • Guttural Growler: And his distinctly strained, constipated way of speaking has been mimicked my generations of wrestling fans.
    • Vocal Decay: By 1998-1999, he had appeared to have blown out his voice.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Macho and Sherri shouting over each other? That's one hard promo to understand.
  • Harmless Villain: Crowned himself the "Macho King" after his victory over Duggan at King of the Ring. Ted DiBiase was on hand to perform the coronation of Randy and Sherri ...The joke being that their supposedly terrifying alliance is really just a co-dependent train wreck, with Savage and Sherri feeding each other's delusions. Most of their feuds just seem to revolve around the fact people don't take them seriously as "King" and "Queen" of the WWF. They ran amok for months until Randy was finally dethroned by the Ultimate Warrior.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his boisterous, spontaneous personality, he was well known as a perfectionist when it came to his matches, meticulously mapping out every detail with his opponent before the match.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Whenever he "snaps into a Slim Jim" in the commercials.
  • Hot-Blooded: Big time.
  • Idiot Ball: That goofy angle in the buildup to 'Mania VIII, where Flair photoshopped himself (in 1991!) into photos of Randy and his wife, Miss Elizabeth, to suggest some kind of tryst from the past. Not only did Randy forget taking the pictures, he failed to notice Liz is the exact same age in the photos. They don't call him "Mensa Man" Randy Savage.
    • The 1993 Royal Rumble. As soon as Savage managed to take Yokozuna down, he went for the elbow drop, but instinctively went for a pinfall. One, pinfalls do not count in the Royal Rumble. Two, he was too close to the ropes. Yoko powered out of that pin, propelling the Macho Man over the top. Yokozuna went on to WrestleMania to challenge Bret Hart while Savage did commentary with JR and Bobby Heenan. Justifiable, because a wrestler's first instinct is to go for the pinfall, since those are the standard rules.
    • Subverted in the previous year's Rumble. Savage threw Jake Roberts out, but made what looked like a big mistake by following up with a pescado on to Roberts, going over the top and to the floor himself. However, the official ruling was that Savage was not eliminated after all; someone else had to throw him over the top for it to count. (Someone did—Ric Flair.)
  • It's All About Me: During his first run with Elizabeth as valet, Savage would often bring her out in front of the camera during a Mean Gene interview. He would then implore her to say something to the "videoscope" or Mean Gene would begin a conversation with her, only Macho Man to quickly shoo her away before she could get a few words in.
  • Large Ham: Even by WWF standards, his promos were insanely, pants-wettingly over the top.
  • Leitmotif: Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance".
  • Light Is Not Good: Still wore his bright attires as a heel (and was the most colorfully-dressed member of the nWo).
  • Lightning Bruiser: At his best, since he could fly with Steamboat but was big enough to be believable against Hulk Hogan.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: While wrestling under his real name, Ole Anderson said that Randy wrestled "like a savage."
  • Love Redeems: After his loss to Warrior, Sherri rushed over to Randy as he lay dejected in the ring. Unlike Elizabeth, she was in no mood for coddling and proceeded to beat him up instead. This was the final straw for the First Lady, who clambered into the ring and (in a rare display of violence) sent Sherri into space with one punch. Randy was so touched that Elizabeth would embrace him after a crushing loss, even after he dumped her, that he immediately turned face and subsequently married her on TV.
    Stuart Millard: At the time, in a sexist way, it was considered a moment “for the gals,” as Miss Elizabeth ran from the crowd to reunite with Randy after saving him from a Sensational Sherri beating, and though it’s soapy, the embrace of wrestling’s golden couple remains one of the genre’s most memorable tableaux. Twenty-three years on, all of its players are now dead. Apart maybe from the kid with the big glasses and enormous floppy orange hat, who was seen weeping with joy.
  • Macho Camp: "Warrior loses the WWF title after receiving a scepter between the eyes" is a line which can only originate from a certain era of wrestling.
    WrestleCrap: Look at him and tell me he doesn’t look like a clown from the world’s most effeminate rodeo.
  • Man in White: Savage's last stand at WrestleMania VII saw him in a striking blue and white suit and hat, possibly foreshadowing his face turn by the end of the evening. He later wore a platinum tuxedo to his televised wedding.
  • Massive Multiplayer Scam: Along with the Ultimate Warrior, Savage fell for the "Perfect Plan." Leading up to the Randy Savage-Ultimate Warrior WWF Championship match at Summerslam 1992, Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect teased that one of them sold out to Team Flair. It turned out neither man had sold out; it was just a way for Flair and Perfect to attack both champion and challenger liberally just so Flair could have a clear path to his 2nd WWF title. Warrior won, but only by countout, meaning the title stayed with the Macho Man, who ended up losing it to Flair shortly after this.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Italian pizza chefs talk with the hands less than randy does.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The elbow off the top rope is hard on the knee, and after several surgeries, Savage's knee was no longer able to absorb the impact, leading to the move becoming "stiffer". One time, he severely injured another wrestler doing the move (broke several ribs), and visited his opponent in the hospital daily until he was released.
  • Nice Hat: Savage had one from 1990 to 1996.
  • Passing the Torch: Him being retired by Ultimate Warrior was supposed to be such a moment but in the long run, it was Warrior who ended up leaving. Also, he had a promotion set up for the purpose of putting over new talent, one Antonio Banks was to go over Randy Savage before it fell through.
  • Perky Female Minion:
    • Sensational Sherri Martel managed Randy Savage until he lost his retirement match to the Ultimate Warrior. Then she tried to attack him, leading Miss Elizabeth to come to his aid and the two of them getting married.
    • Macho's got some iffy reasons to be high-fiving Sherri and hyping up her fight with Luna years later.
    • Team Madness in WCW was composed of three, Gorgeous George (not that), Miss Madness and Madusa.
    • He got The Disciplinarian Kristen Davidson and Jungle Grrl Erica Porter, wrestlers of WOW fame, when he showed up in the Spider-man movie as Bonesaw.
  • Power Stable:
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In typical booker fashion, WCW incorporated Macho's divorce and growing paranoia into in his angles ("THE GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT AND OUT TO END MY WRESTLING CAREER.”)
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Or whatever weird color he'll be wearing, all the time, besides the black and white in his New World Order days, which he changed to black and red during his time in the NWO Wolfpac.
  • Red Baron: "Macho Man", briefly "Macho King" before returning to the original moniker.
  • Sanity Slippage: Back in The '80s, he would get violently upset if he thought someone was making moves on Elizabeth. It went downhill from there: By the end of his career he was so suspicious of everyone and everything that he carried a gun at all times. Deadspin eulogized him as "McCarthy on steroids."
    "He was engaging even at his most reprehensible, which had everything to do with the unexpected note of pathos in his character, an oddly relatable paranoid streak: We the viewers were suspicious, too. Just like Savage, we looked slit-eyed at all the activity in and around the ring, wondering what the angle was."
  • Sibling Rivalry: Inverted. While he was often programmed against his brother, "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, many times in his pre-WWE career, the two shared an extremely close relationship from their boyhood until the end of Randy's life.
  • Signature Move: Elevated body slam with theatrics, or a double knee drop upon the head of a downed opponent.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Macho Madness lives on.
  • Tag Team:
    • with his brother Lanny Poffo in Tennessee
    • The Megapowers, with Hulk Hogan in WWE (renamed the Monster Maniacs in WCW)
    • The Ultimate Maniacs, with the Ultimate Warrior in 1992
    • The Perfect Team, with Mr. Perfect at Survivor Series 1992.
  • Take That: The song "Be A Man Hogan!" off of his rap album, which is pretty much all about his Real Life feud with Hulk Hogan and his refusal to face Savage in a real wrestling match.
  • Team Dad: Mellowed a bit by the early 1990's and became this to the up and coming stars of the "New Generation era".
    • Apparently Savage bawled out Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon after their epic Wrestlemania X match because it went on too long and as a result a 10 man tag team match on the undercard was scrapped, which cost all 10 guys a Wrestlemania payday.
  • Too Important to Walk: The Macho King was carried to every match in a sedan throne on the backs of jobbers like a Roman Emperor. This happened.
  • Underwear of Power: Until 1990, when he swapped to long tights.
    • Sometimes he would wrestle in said elaborate attires, like during his match against Ric Flair at WrestleMania VIII. In what must have been a complete and total coincidence, WWE was testing heavily for steroids at the same time.
  • Unperson: For years, Savage was treated like this by Vince McMahon and WWE, for personal reasons known only to Savage and McMahon. Savage got one of the best sendoffs in the company in 1994, and remained on good terms with McMahon quite a while afterwards, entering contract talks with him in 1996 and 2000. (Also easily overlooked, Savage was interviewed in the inaugural 2003 issue of WWE Smackdown Magazine a.k.a. WWE Magazine.) Apart from that, McMahon buried Savage ever chance he got, and would turn down any angles even mentioning him. This while bringing back many ex-WWF wrestlers who had been much less acrimonious towards him, and even in some cases sued him. A Riddle for the Ages...
    • Thankfully, WWE has decided to recognize Savage's contributions to wrestling history as of late, with matches of his showing up on various DVD compilations as well as his own three-disc set, Macho Madness. The story goes, one of Vince's shareholders stood up and demanded to know why such a big star as Randy was not being capitalized upon. Vince knew the game was up, as he could not (or would not) reveal his motivations for blackballing Randy, and so audibly sighed and went ahead with the DVDs. Business is business. Fortunately for Savage, it was not an attempt at character assassination like The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior.
    • According to his brother "Leapin' Lanny" Poffo, the Slim Jim endorsement was a huge pay day, and the contract stipulated that a percentage should have gone to the WWF. Furthermore, other reports from agents (and written about in Bret's book) claimed that Savage drunkenly called Vince while he was sleeping to announce that he was jumping ship to WCW.
    • A principal rumor involves Savage acting inappropriately towards Vince's daughter Stephanie (who was in her early-middle teens when Savage left WWE) and Vince finding out after the fact. This would explain McMahon's initial embrace of Savage turning very, very cold, and rings consistent with backstage accounts of Savage following his divorce from Liz Hulette. Even Randy's brother has indicated to interviewers that he doesn't know one way or the other. Explained in this video.
    • Relations seemed to have massively improved in 2011 as the Macho Man not only appears in the WWE All Stars video game but he appeared in one of the commercials as well (this deal was brokered by THQ with WWE's permission but no contact between the two sides). Yeeeeah.
  • Verbal Tic: See Catch Phrase.
    • To clarify, beside his catchphrases, the word "Yeah" was a major verbal tic of his.
    • A good recent example would be his commercial for WWE All-Stars. He managed to include it at least once in every sentence along with between every sentence.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Robin Leach (of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous) challenges the Macho Man to croquet, with predictable results.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hulk Hogan (in the ring and in Real Life). According to Hogan, they were in the process of mending their friendship when he died.
  • Wag the Director: Pressured WCW execs to induct his father, Angelo Poffo, in their Hall of Fame, despite Poffo never having wrestled for WCW. This was cited as one of the reasons Gordon Solie quit WCW shortly after.
  • Wrestling Family: His brother is "Leaping" Lanny Poffo, the wrestling poet (aka The Genius) and his father, Angelo Poffo, was a famous wrestler in the 1950s and 60s. He and Elizabeth were married in Real Life from December 1984 to 1992.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: In response to Ric Flair's Massive Multiplayer Scam and Warrior's departure from the WWF, he convinced Mr. Perfect to leave Team Flair and fill in for the Ultimate Warrior. Perfect accepted.

Long live the heart, long live the soul, that knows what it wants. No matter how far, how heavy this load, it never lets go.