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Savage VS Ricky
"The Dragon" Steamboat
Mario Poffo, (born November 15, 1952 in Columbus,
Ohio), better known by his ring name "Macho Man"
Randy Savage (and alternately Randy "Macho Man"
Savage), is a professional wrestler who achieved prominence
in the World Wrestling Federation and later World
Championship Wrestling. He has also performed under
the names "Macho King" and "Macho Man."
Macho Man is known to wrestling fans and non-fans
alike for his distinctively deep, husky voice and
his trademark loud, drawn-out cry of "Ohhhhhhhhhh,
yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!", made even more popular by
a series of Slim Jim ads. For much of his tenure in
the WWF, he was managed by Miss Elizabeth, to whom
he was married on December 30, 1984.
he started his full-time wrestling career, Randy was
a minor league baseball catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals
farm system. He injured his natural throwing shoulder
at one point, so he learned how to throw with his
left arm instead.
is a second-generation professional wrestler; his
father Angelo Poffo was a well-known wrestler in the
1950s and 1960s, who was featured in Ripley's Believe
it or Not for his ability to do sit-ups for hours
on end. Randy's brother Lanny Poffo had a moderately
successful career as a wrestler, too, under the ring
names Leaping Lanny Poffo and The Genius.
the early 1980s, Angelo Poffo ran the "outlaw"
ICW promotion in the mid-American states that featured
his sons Randy and Lanny. The promotion competed with
Jerry Lawler's Memphis promotion (later the USWA).
Savage dated Debbie Combs for five years while they
were working for ICW.
the Poffo promotion disbanded, and Randy and Lanny
entered the Memphis scene.
June 1985, Savage signed with Vince McMahon's WWF
and soon became a top heel (wrestling villain). Savage
made an appearance on Tuesday Night Titans where the
established WWF managers all made their cases to offer
their services to Savage (including Bobby Heenan,
Jimmy Hart, and "Classy" Fred Blassie).
Weeks later he debuted and was touted as the "number
one free agent," and "the man who is demand."
That night he revealed his choice of manager to be
the lovely Miss Elizabeth. He made his pay-per-view
debut at The Wrestling Classic on November 7, 1985,
where he defeated Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat
among others on his way to finishing runner-up to
Junkyard Dog in a sixteen man tournament. He eventually
beat Tito Santana to win the WWF Intercontinental
Championship at the famed Boston Garden in February
1986 by using an illegal steel object stashed in his
tights. Early on in his WWF career, Savage also won
a count-out victory over his future tag-team partner
WWF Champion Hulk Hogan.
wrestled in what is widely considered to be one of
the greatest matches in North American wrestling history
when he faced Steamboat at WrestleMania III in the
Pontiac Silverdome. The match was the culmination
of a long and bitter feud (which saw Savage "crush"
Steamboat's larynx) between the two and featured tremendous
athleticism and in-ring storytelling. After nineteen
two-counts, Steamboat pinned Savage to end his near
14 month reign as Intercontinental Champion. The match
was extremely choreographed, as opposed to the "on
the fly" nature of most wrestling matches. Savage
was a stickler for detail, and he and Steamboat laid
out and rehearsed every spot in the match prior to
WrestleMania, at his home in Florida. It still stands
up to the test of time and is cited by such wrestling
luminaries as Chris Jericho as their inspiration for
becoming a wrestler.
would turn face (wrestling hero) later in 1987 after
the fans started cheering him for his exceptional
in-ring ability. On Saturday Night's Main Event in
October 1987 he solidified his status as a face when
Elizabeth got Hulk Hogan to save him from a beatdown
by Jimmy Hart's cronies The Honky Tonk Man and the
Hart Foundation. As a result, The Mega Powers were
born. Hogan and Savage would together rule the WWF
for the next sixteen months.
achieved his greatest fame during WrestleMania IV
when he defeated "Million Dollar Man" Ted
DiBiase in the final of a tournament for the vacant
WWF Championship. Savage would hold the title for
a full year before losing it to Hogan at WrestleMania
V in 1989. Prior to his WrestleMania V match, he turned
heel on Hogan, getting jealous of him over Miss Elizabeth.
He eventually left Elizabeth as his valet for Sensational
Sherri. He adopted the moniker "Macho King"
after defeating "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan for
the WWF's unofficial "King" title. After
the match, Savage proceeded to give Duggan five big
elbow drops from the top rope, and Sherri did several
splashes from the top to further humiliate Duggan.
Macho King got into a feud with The Ultimate Warrior
after the Warrior, then WWF Champion, refused to grant
Savage the number one contendership, as Sgt. Slaughter
already promised, if he were to defeat the Warrior.
Savage had sent "Sensational Queen" Sherri
out weeks prior to try and convince the Warrior, and
in a face-to-face interview laced with sexual innuendoes
and gestures, failed to get anywhere with the champion.
Outraged, Savage promised revenge, which he sought
during the 1991 Royal Rumble. During the Slaughter-Warrior
title match, Sherri goaded the Warrior out of the
ring, causing the Warrior to leave and run down the
aisle, only to be ambushed by Savage with a clothesline.
Warrior managed to make it back to the ring and was
nearing victory when Savage and Sherri interfered
again. At an opportune moment the King smashed the
Warrior on the head with his scepter, costing him
the WWF Championship against Sgt. Slaughter. It led
to a career-ending match at WrestleMania VII. Savage
lost the marathon match; even after receiving five
consecutive flying elbow drops, the Warrior somehow
managed to kick out. After the match, Savage was attacked
by Queen Sherri as he lay dejected in the ring. This
was too much for Miss Elizabeth, who happened to be
in the audience. Elizabeth rushed to Savage's aid,
fighting off Sherri and reuniting with her one-time
love to huge crowd appreciation.
would return to TV in a non-wrestling role as the
"Macho Man" again over the summer with Miss
Elizabeth and "propose" to her in the ring,
leading to an on-air "wedding" at SummerSlam
1991, dubbed The Match Made in Heaven. It was at this
time that Savage was targeted by Jake "The Snake"
Roberts, who was by now a dastardly heel. In a memorable
feud, Roberts would ambush Macho Man and Miss Elizabeth
on their wedding day and later have a cobra bite Savage
as the Macho Man lay prone in the ring. Due to fan
pressure, Savage would be "re-instated"
as a wrestler by WWF president Jack Tunney so that
he could do battle with Roberts.
would have another run as WWF Champion, defeating
"The Nature Boy" Ric Flair at WrestleMania
VIII in 1992, and holding it until September of that
year, when he lost it back to Flair at a WWF TV taping
in Hershey Pennsylvania. Savage and Flair would later
swap the WCW World Heavyweight Championship during
their 1995-96 feud, making them the only duo to win
and lose both the WWF/E and WCW versions of the world
title to each other.
losing the title, he formed a tag team with The Ultimate
Warrior, whom he defended the title against at SummerSlam
1992. The team was known as The Ultimate Maniacs.
The duo formed after Warrior helped Savage to the
back on the night he lost the title. Razor Ramon had
injured Savage's knee during his match with Flair,
ultimately costing him the match and the title. Savage
backed Warrior to be the man to dethrone Flair. Savage
and Warrior were scheduled to face Flair and Ramon
in a tag team match at that year's Survivor Series.
However, Warrior left the WWF weeks before the event
was to take place, so Savage chose Mr. Perfect, executive
consultant to Flair, as his partner to replace Warrior.
Perfect turned face and teamed with Savage. The duo
defeated Flair and Ramon via a disqualification.
Monday Night Raw began in January 1993, Savage served
primarily as a color commentator, wrestling only occasionally
against characters such as Doink, The Repo Man, and
Crush. Savage appeared alongside Jim Ross and Bobby
Heenan to broadcast WrestleMania IX and defeated Crush
in a "Falls Count Anywhere Match" at WrestleMania
X. Savage also made periodic appearances in Jim Cornette's
Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion in fall 1994. His
final WWF pay-per-view appearance was at SummerSlam
1994 where he served as host. He left the WWF in November.
signed a $6 million contract with WCW, joining his
"friend" Hulk Hogan, who was feuding with
the 3 Faces of Fear and the Dungeon of Doom.
resumed his rivalry with Ric Flair during this time.
During the 1995 WCW United States Championship tournament
(created when former champion Vader was stripped of
the belt for attacking WCW on-air Commissioner Nick
Bockwinkel), Savage interfered in Flair's match vs.
young Alex Wright, attacking Flair and causing Wright
to get disqualified, setting up a tournament semifinal
match where the winner would face the winner of the
Sting/Meng match for the United States Championship
at The Great American Bash that June. Savage and Flair's
match never took place, as Savage and Flair brawled
in the backstage area prior to the bell ringing. They
were both eliminated from the tournament, and had
their own match in the main event of the Bash, which
Flair won. Later on that year, during part of the
storyline where Arn Anderson and Ric Flair turned
on each other, Flair (in looking for a partner to
take on Anderson and Brian Pillman in a tag match)
tried to recruit Savage to be his partner. However,
remembering the rivalry (and how Flair had attacked
Savage's father, Angelo Poffo, during their rivalry),
he refused, telling Flair point blank to "get
the hell out of here!"
November 26, 1995 at World War 3, Macho Man won the
WCW World Title by winning the 60-man three-ring battle
royal. He lost the title to Flair a month later. Macho
Man won the title back a month later but lost the
title back to Flair another month later. In January
1996, he would bring Elizabeth with him into WCW as
his valet once again. Elizabeth turned on Savage in
his last title loss to Flair. Thereafter, Flair claimed
that Elizabeth had given him a sizable amount of Savage's
money, taken in their divorce settlement, and which
Flair used to set up a "VIP section" at
Monday Nitro events. Flair and Savage continued to
feud through the Great American Bash in June of 1996.
July 1996, the nWo was formed when Hulk Hogan turned
on Savage and joined The Outsiders, a tag team of
former WWF wrestlers Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. After
their inception, one of their main enemies became
Macho Man himself. At WCW Halloween Havoc 1996, Macho
Man faced Hogan for the WCW Title but lost when the
rest of the nWo interfered. After months of abuse
from the nWo, Savage joined them at SuperBrawl in
1997, when he helped Hogan defeat Roddy Piper in a
rematch from their Starrcade match the previous year.
He also reunited with Elizabeth, had joined the nWo
several months earlier. He began feuding with Diamond
Dallas Page and Kimberly. When Hogan failed to recapture
his "nWo" Title from Sting, it was Savage's
turn, and he got his shot at WCW Spring Stampede 1998.
Hogan tried everything he could to make sure that
Savage would not win the title because Hogan felt
that he was the only nWo member who should be World
Champion, since he was the leader of the stable. With
the help of Nash, however, Savage beat Sting for the
following night on WCW Monday Nitro, Hogan faced Savage
for the championship. For a while it looked like Hogan
had Savage beat, but for the second consecutive night,
Nash came to Savage's aid, powerbombing Hogan. Savage
tried to capitalize, but an interfering Bret Hart
attacked Savage and preserved the victory for Hogan.
that, Savage joined with Nash and others to form the
nWo Wolfpac, a split from Hogan's group, which became
known as nWo Black and White or nWo Hollywood.
nearly a year, Randy Savage took a hiatus from the
company due to an injury. When Macho Man returned,
he came back with a new look and new attitude and
also brought with him his then 22-year-old girlfriend
Gorgeous George as a valet. His first action was as
the guest referee in the WCW world title matchup at
Spring Stampede 1999, which was won by Diamond Dallas
Page. For a short time after, Randy would interfere
in DDP's matches to make sure that Page kept his World
Title (for reasons unknown and never explained by
WCW), but when Kevin Nash won it at WCW Slamboree
1999, Savage went after the title himself. It was
around that time that Madusa and Miss Madness joined
Macho Man as his other two valets; together they were
known as Team Madness.
WCW Great American Bash 1999, Sid Vicious returned
to WCW and helped Macho Man attack Kevin Nash. This
led to a tag team between Kevin Nash and Sting against
Randy Savage and Sid Vicious, in which whoever pinned
Nash (including Sting) would win the World Title,
at WCW Bash at the Beach 1999. Savage won the WCW
title for the fourth time when he pinned Nash but
lost the title again to Hollywood Hogan the next night,
when Big Sexy interfered and powerbombed Macho Man
(in a reversal of the situation from the previous
year, where Nash had attacked Hogan to help Savage
keep his title, albeit unsuccessfully).
that, Team Madness slowly started to disband as Madusa
and Miss Madness started fighting each other because
they blamed the other for Savage's title loss. Savage
soon fired both of them. and started a feud with Dennis
Rodman and defeated Rodman at road wild 1999. He eventually
joined the Millionaire's Club with Hogan, Jim Duggan,
Flair, DDP, and other popular veteran wrestlers. When
Vince Russo came to WCW and Savage's WCW contract
expired, Savage and George left WCW and never returned.
made his return to wrestling for TNA at TNA Victory
Road 2004 and feuded against Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash,
and Scott Hall. At Turning Point 2004 he teamed up
with Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles to defeat the Kings
of Wrestling (Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.
The main event of Final Resolution 2005 was going
to be Jeff Jarrett and Randy Savage for the NWA Title.
Savage's plan was to win the belt and then drop it
back to Jarrett at the next pay per view. When TNA
Management didn't like the idea Savage left because
neither party would budge.
2005, Savage told a Missouri newspaper that he cant
wrestle right now because of "health concerns,"
as he had apparently injured his back. Recently, rumors
have been flying around that he will be inducted into
the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. Vince McMahon is still
on bad terms with Savage, but there could be an agreement
for his induction. McMahon has reportedly been very
vocal to any and everyone backstage to never bring
up the name Randy Savage in his presence. (Credit:
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