Randy “Macho Man” Savage is without a doubt one of the biggest names in pro wrestling ever. Some of you loved him, some of you hated him with a passion, but if there is one thing for sure there was not a single wrestling fan that could ignore him. In fact, all sorts of people that were not wrestling fans knew who he was- he was always way bigger than just another face in the ring. The dude just had it going on. He was not afraid to take it to the limit inside, or outside of the ring, for that matter, and for that he will always be remembered.
And when I say “remembered”, I mean, yes, for those of you who don’t know, Savage passed away a few years ago at age 58- a sad end to a legendary career. He had 29 championships over his career, including 6 world championships between the WWF and WCW. There is no doubt that the guy could wrestle.
But that wasn’t the whole deal with Macho Man. We all know that he could wrestle, that goes without saying. There was so much more to him, though. He got a chance to wrestle because of his wild personality and his outfits and his whole outlook. The guy took it as far as he could take it, in the ring, with his personality, and in life. The guy was a true legend but even legends sometimes have secrets. Here are 15 things you did not know about Randy “Macho Man” Savage.
15. His First WWF Appearance Was On A Talk Show
The first time that Macho Man appeared in any capacity, it was not in the ring, it was on a WWF talk show called Tuesday Titans. He appeared on the show to do a little hype as a new free agent that was going to be coming on the scene. Little did he or the producers know how true that would all become, as Macho Man was not only coming on the scene, for a while back in the day, he was the scene.
14. He Was a Pro Baseball Player
Would I lie to you? No way. Savage played 4 seasons in the minors. Although he used to go by his real name which was “Poffo.” Good thing he made a change, right? “Randy Macho Man Poffo” just does not have the same ring to it. Randy was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher and did okay, but an injury put an end to his career, and led to the beginning of being one of the most famous wrestlers of all time.
13. His Mom Gave Him His Nickname
We already know that Macho Man’s mom is super cool. How do we know that? Well, she is Macho Man’s mom! There is simply no way that that could be the situation without her being cool. But if that is not enough, then what about this? His mom is the one that gave him the nickname “Macho Man”. I have to say, I would never want to go by any nickname my mom gave me, there is no way it could ever be as cool as that. But apparently Macho Man lucked out in the “Cool Mom” department.
12. He Came from a Wrestling Family
All right, his mom was even cooler than I thought. His dad was the wrestler Angelo Poffo, who was a very successful wrestler and held a world record for doing over 6,000 straight sit ups. His brother Lanny was also a pro wrestler in the ’80s and the ’90s. So let me break it down for you- if you went over to their house for dinner, and you wanted someone to pass the basket of rolls, you made sure you said please. I wonder if they had cage matches for the last burger?
11. He Started Wrestling at 20 Years Old
Savage started stepping between the ropes at a very young age; he first got in the ring at 20 years old. He would compete during baseball’s offseason, and competed under the name “The Spider”, which of course is horrible. No wonder his mom stepped in with a new name! I am sure that the people who were overseeing his baseball career were not big fans of him wrestling then, but then again, they probably did not know about it anyway. Until he became a huge star- then they probably bragged that they knew him.
10. Ole Anderson Gave Him the Name “Savage”
Ole Anderson, along with Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and the ridiculously talented and entertaining Ric Flair made up the “4 Horsemen,” which was a popular wrestling stable back in the day. Ole told Macho Man that he really should change his name from Poffo into something that suited him a bit more, like the name Savage, because he thought Randy “wrestled like a savage”. And the rest, as they say, is history.
9. Savage Made Slim Jim More Popular
Slim Jim is a meat snack. If you think that sounds bad, don’t blame me, that is what their marketing department came up with. Anyway, for a certain time period you could not even get near the TV without Macho Man being on it and screaming “Step into a Slim Jim!” This apparently made the owners of Slim Jim a lot of money, made Randy Savage even richer, and also convinced a lot of Americans to buy lots and lots of salty meat snacks. Not me though.
8. He Was More Successful in the WCW
While most of the world thinks of Macho Man as mainly wrestling in the WWE, battling the likes of the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan, the truth of the matter is that he had more championships in the WCW- four to be exact. Before he got really big he wrestled in a lot of smaller leagues, such as International Championship Wrestling, which was actually started by Randy’s dad because he did not think Savage was getting enough good matches. How’s that for a family sticking together?
7. He Performed His Own Stunts in Movies
Savage did his own stunts in Spider-man, as Bonesaw McGraw. If you are a fan of Macho Man, even a little bit, and have never seen this movie, then do yourself a favor and go rent this flick as soon as possible. Macho Man is totally hilarious in this role and shows us all what a fun time he must have been having in the ring as well. The dude is a first class scenery chewer, and if he didn’t wrestle he could have made tons of money playing tough guys in movies.
6. He Was On Baywatch
It was not just a role in Spider Man, though. Savage was also on a wrestling-themed version of Baywatch with Hulk Hogan, Kevin Sullivan and Ric Flair. He has been on a whole bunch of other shows as well, both as an actor and as a voice talent. A few of the shows he has been on include Walker, Texas Ranger and Mad About You. He got his first acting role in a movie starring David Arquette, called Ready to Rumble. We’re not sure David was “ready to rumble” but we know Macho Man was.
5. He Put Out a Rap Album
Sometimes it happens to all of us: things are going well, and you start to think you can do anything. And then…you make a huge fool of yourself. So Randy was an amazing wrestler, had a great career doing commercials, and even was a pretty good actor. So what does he do? He puts out a rap album called “Be a Man.” I probably don’t have to tell you this, but I am going to do it anyway – it was ridiculously horrible. It was so bad they burned all the copies years ago. OK, I made that last part up.
4. He Had His Own Fashion Designer
So you probably think Randy picked out his own clothes, right? No way man! You think perfection like this comes out of nowhere? Savage had his own personal designer, a guy named Michael Braun, who was a big designer in the music industry. How big you may ask? Well a couple of his clients included Cher and Jimi Hendrix. Okay, so maybe Macho Man didn’t pick all of his clothes, but he sure rocked them out with style.
3. Savage and Miss Elizabeth Were Married for Real
There was always a whole big thing with Savage and Miss Elizabeth, who was his manager. There were a lot of rumors about who she was with and who she wasn’t, but the real deal was that she and Savage were married in 1984 and were together the whole time. Sadly, the relationship didn’t last, and when I say sadly, I mean sadly. They separated in 1992. She wound up with Lex Luger, who at one point was charged with beating her. While still with Luger, she died of an overdose of painkillers in 2003.
2. Savage Didn’t Really Hate Hulk Hogan
Now please don’t take this to say that Macho Man really liked Hulk Hogan either, but it was not as bad as it was made out to be. There was a lot of talk of a feud and Hogan even dissed Savage on his horrible rap record. But while all reports say the relationship was on again and off again, there was no real hate there, and the two were said to be on good terms at the time of Savage’s death. Beside, a little feud has never hurt the WWE’s ratings now, has it?
1. He Wrestled a Lot
Not counting all of his work in his early 20s before he got into the big leagues and became a big star, Macho Man wrestled 360 matches, with an astonishing 72 that were shown on Pay Per View. And that is what it is all about, really. Some people might not have liked him, or found him obnoxious, but the guy worked his butt off to get to where he was, and kept working at it his whole career, and that is why lists like this are still being written about him today.