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Evolution Of The Savage
May 29, 2006 by Nicholas DeFilippis


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Many people across the globe know and love him. He is a man of many skills of which have made his name famous throughout the years. He advertised for Slim Jim, played roles in movies, and left a huge impact on the wrestling world. He is over 200 lbs of madness and is a man of real machismo. Do you know who I'm referring to yet" I'll give you a hint. Elbow drop, OH YEAH! Do you know now" His name is Randy Poffo a.k.a Macho Man Randy Savage.

In the beginning he was a minor league baseball player for teams that had contracts with the majors. Poffo was once third in his league for home runs and runs batted in. He was also in the National Honor Society in high school. Randy Poffo is truly a man of many talents.

Randy had his first match against Paul Christy in 1973. He held the Southern Tag Team titles in the Georgia and Florida areas twice; once with Ole Anderson and again with his brother Lanny Poffo. Randy once wrestled under an alias called "The Spider", which is a bit ironic if you saw the movie Spiderman that Poffo was in. Ole Anderson once commented that Randy wrestled like a Savage which gave Poffo the idea to change his wrestling name to Randy Savage. Randy's father, Angelo Poffo, started his own wrestling federation called International Championship Wrestling (ICW) in which Randy became their World Heavyweight Champion. He later left ICW for the AWA in 1983.

Savage became the AWA International Heavyweight Champion by defeating Austin Idol. Randy defeated Jerry Lawler (Yes, the "King" from Raw) for the AWA Southern title. Lawler and Randy had one of the most brutal feuds of that era. But Lawler won that feud by defeating Savage in a loser-leaves-town match which forced Savage to leave the AWA.

Randy went to the World Wrestling Federation in 1985 where the several managers, including the likes of Bobby Heenan and Mr. Fuji, tried to sign him. Instead, he had the lovely Elizabeth, who was his wife at the time, as his manager. He then changed his name to Randy "Macho Man" Savage and won the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Tito Santana. Savage later began a feud with Ricky Steamboat in which they had one of the greatest matches of all time at WrestleMania 3. The Macho Man won the WWF Undisputed Championship in a 14 man tournament at WrestleMania 4. He later began a tag team with Hulk Hogan called "The Mega Powers". Macho went on to defeat Jim Duggan to become the King of Wrestling. But he had to retire at WrestleMania 7 when the Ultimate Warrior defeated him in a retirement match. Randy then became a WWF commentator.

When Jake Roberts' king cobra crashed Randy's wedding to Elizabeth in 1991 he returned to wrestling to do battle with Jake "The Snake" Roberts. In a 1992 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event Savage defeated Roberts to end their feud. Savage then went on to defeat Ric Flair for the WWF title, only to lose it later that year (1992) to Flair.

In 1995 Randy Savage became the WCW World Champion by winning one of the biggest battle royals in wrestling history known as World War 3! Savage feuded with the original New World Order (N.W.O) after Hulk Hogan shocked the world by turning heel on WCW and leg dropping Savage. He later joined the New World Order and after that the N.W.O Wolfpac. When that was done he left the company and later returned with Mona (Miss Madness), Madusa, Sid Vicious, and Gorgeous George. The Macho Man and his stable were collectively known as Team Madness. Team Madness feuded with the likes of Sting, Kevin Nash, and Ric Flair. Team Madness broke up when Mona and Madusa started feuding and Savage fired Mona. After Randy's WCW contract expired he was not resigned and did not return to wrestling for a few years.

Savage played a minor character named Bonesaw in the hit movie Spiderman. He also released a rap album called "Be A Man Hulk". Many people said his album was terrible, but in my opinion it was good.

He returned to wrestling via TNA (Total Non-Stop Action) and won a feud with the Kings of Wrestling (Jeff Jarrett, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash). Savage now has a bad back and is retired from wrestling. There are many rumors about this, though.

Rumors, like the unstoppable fact of life that they are, are circulating stuff about him being sued by Kool-Aid and how he will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and other stuff like that. Those rumors might be true, they might be false. But one thing is for certain, Macho Man Randy Savage, Randy Poffo, Macho King, Executioner, whatever you want to call him, has left his undeniable and eternal mark on professional wrestling forever. OH YEAH!

by Nicholas DeFilippis ..


JoeyK41 wrote:
Hate him or love him Randy Savage is one of the all time greats! In his early carrer, he was a great wrestler and mat technician. His elbow drop from the top ropes still gives me chills as he flys through the air crushing the chest of an opponnet (one hundred times better than Shawn Michaels could ever do). The greatest of heals, and the most loved of faces, he can play both roles. If the WWE ever welcomes him back, for HOF, or any other role, they are doing better for the company. Cant you just imagine him sitting there with The King & J.R> doing commentary" PLEASE WWE.......Bring the Macho Man back home to his rightful place in the greatest sports entertainment company in the world!!!!! OOOHHHHH YEAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!
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