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"Macho Man" Randy Savage (1952-2011)


         

Real Name - Randy Poffo
Lifespan - 11/15/1952 - 5/20/2011
6'1" 220 lbs. - Tampa, FL

Athletic Background - Baseball [AAA]; Bodybuilding [Mr. Kentucky competitor]

Teacher(s) - Angelo Poffo

Professional Background - Florida?(`75), Georgia(`76), GCCW, AGPW, ICW(`7?-`83), UCW[Gulas](`83), Memphis(`83-`85), WWF(`85-`94), WCW(`94-`99)

AliasesRandy Poffo, The Spider, The Destroyer

Groups - Slapowitz Syndicate, nWo [New World Order], nWo Hollywood

Peak Years - `79-`89


Finisher(s) - 
- Flying Elbowdrop 
- Piledriver

Favorites - 
Flying Double Axehandle
Necksnap over the Top Rope
Neckbreaker Lariat
Running Back Elbow
- Snapping Jabs


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment 10 
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy



  
Place in History - Randy Savage had all the credentials to be one of the greatest wrestlers ever and unlike many of the coulda-, shoulda-, woulda-beens, he largely delivered. He was the son of the well-known Angelo Poffo, one of the best athletes in the business, a naturally great worker and a very colorful character. While being blacklisted cut him out of the big time in some of his best years, his ability allowed him to emerge from that and become one of the top stars of the late 80s and early 90s. The "Macho Man" was maniacal on the mic and in the ring and produced a volatile and versatile character. He was a tremendous heel for Jerry Lawler in Memphis, coming off the collapse of his father's company. Later in the WWF, he ran the gamet of characters: cheating coward, hardworking babyface, egotistical champ and big name that can still go. His inconistant work hurt his reputation with smart fans, but he largely remained popular as long as he was around. Even after his "best years," Savage was still able to have some very good matches, namely with Ric Flair who was at the same point in his career. Randy Savage played the star from the WWF heydays in the early 90s in both WWF and WCW. As the 90s came to a close, Savage had some exceptional streetfights with Diamond Dallas Page before his metamorphisis. A thickly-muscled, pony-tailed Macho Man stunned audiences before his career is seemingly over since his WCW days ended. Fans still recognize the character though and Savage is still somewhat valuable. Perhaps his greatest flaw is his paranoia-fueled aggressiveness that has led to many fights with top wrestlers. One of the hottest stars of the WWF's 80s heyday, who was in some of the company's biggest and best matches of that era.
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