A talented baseball player, he followed his father’s lead to become one of wrestling’s brightest stars
Randy “Macho Man” Savage has combined athletic skill and a flair show-stopping charisma to become one of the most popular and successful wrestlers in history. Born November 15, 1952 in Sarasota, Florida, Savage is the son of wrestling legend and fellow inductee Angelo Poffo, and the brother of “Leaping” Lanny Poffo. Always a talented all-around athlete, Savage first displayed his talent in a brief career as a professional baseball-player, with minor league stints with the Cincinatti Reds, St. Louis Cardnials, and Chicago White Sox.
Savage made his professional wrestling debut in 1973, and won the Gulf Coast Tag Team Title with his brother Lanny in 1976. After winning two NWA Mid-America titles in 1978, Savage joined his father’s International Championship Wrestling promotion in 1979, defeating his brother later that year.
In 1985, Savage moved to the World Wrestling Federation, where he enjoyed instant fame. In 1986, he won the Intercontinential title, and soonafter adopted his famous nickname “Macho Man.” In 1988, Savage defeated Ted DiBiase at Wrestlemania IV in Atlantic City to win the WWF title. Three years later, at Wreslemania VII, Savage was defeated by the Ultimate Warrior in a “retirement match.” He returned to the ring in a blaze of glory, earning a victory over Ric Flair to re-capture the WWF title at Wrestlemania VIII. In an epic match at Wrestlemania X in Madison Square Garden, Savage scored a victory over Crush in a falls count anywhere match. In November of 1995, he won the WCW title in “World War III,” a 60-man, winner-take-all battle royal. After losing to Ric Flair a month later, Savage regained his title in early 1996.
Randy Savage has used his wit and charisma to make an impressive transition from wrestling to acting. He is an immensely successful pitchman for Slim Jim, and appeared in an episode in the popular sitcom “Mad About You” in 1999. Savage next appeared in the 2000 comedy “Ready to Rumble,” with several other wrestling greats. In 2002, Savage played the very entertaining role of Bone Saw McGraw in “Spider Man,” the top-grossing movie of the year.
Randy Savage was inducted to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame on 2003.