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Lanny Poffo


Real Name - Lanny Mark Poffo

Birthdate - 12/28/54

6’ 230 lbs. - Everclear, FL

Athletic Background - Gymnastics, Ballet, Baseball

Teacher(s) - Angelo Poffo, Paul Christy

Professional Background - n/a

AliasesMasked Avenger, The Genius

Groups - The Poffo Family

Peak Years - `77-`86

Finisher(s) - 

- Moonsault

- Springboard Somersault Senton

- Crucifix

Favorites -

- Bodyslam

- Standing Moonsault

- Headlock Punch

- Jumping Bionic Elbow

- Uppercutt

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set7

Intangibles Rating - 


Place in History - Entering the family business is not always easy and for Lanny Poffo, it was a unique path full of twists and turns.  His father Angelo was a notable pro-wrestler of the Golden Age and his older brother Randy would become one of the greatest of all-time.  In the early 1970s, Lanny and Randy were just breaking in and both showed tremendous promise in different ways.  Lanny combined good size with athleticism and the brothers spent their early years plying their trade, but it was Lanny who caught the breaks.  He and Angelo formed a championship-winning tag team and he even had shots against NWA World Champions Terry Funk and Harley Race.  In 1978, the ICW was formed and for the next six years it would be seen as an “outlaw” to the established promotions across several Midwestern states.  While Randy Savage was the perennial champion and top heel of the promotion, Lanny Poffo was prominently featured and, due to the fact that his family ties were kept secret, was a frequent opponent.  When the ICW finally closed, the Poffo family went to work for rival Jerry Jarrett in one of the most successful “invasion” angles ever.  When Randy Savage went to the WWF, Lanny was not far behind.  While he did make a little niche for himself with his poems and frisbees, “Leaping” Lanny was inarguably enhancement talent.  Poffo spent a few years in that role before being repackaged as “The Genius.”  As an arrogant heel in a robe and mortarboard spouting poems full of condescension, he wrestled when necessary, but mainly served as a manager.  While not the first or the last, Lanny Poffo was excellent in the role of a “gay” heel, a classic pro-wrestling trope, that helped him land a Saturday Night’s Main Event match against Hulk Hogan.  When Randy went to WCW, it seemed logical that the phased out Lanny might show up and it is rumored that he was going to as a bleach blonde under the name Gorgeous George, but he did not (despite being under contract) and instead Randy’s ex-stripper girlfriend showed up and used the name.  Lanny Poffo is an interesting case in pro-wrestling history.  For all his successes, he seems most commonly viewed as a jobber whose famous brother helped get him booked.