Randy Mario Poffo (November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011), better known by the ring name “Macho Man” Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler and color commentator best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and later World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Savage is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history; a number of peers have ranked Savage among the industry’s top performers of all time. He has won 29 titles during a 32-year career, including the WWF World Heavyweight Championship twice and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship four times. A one-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, Savage was named by WWE (formerly WWF) as the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time and was credited for bringing “a higher level of credibility to the title through his amazing in-ring performances”.
Aside from championships, he was the 1987 WWF King of the Ring and the 1995 WCW World War 3 winner. A major pay-per-view attraction in the 1980s and 1990s, Savage headlined WrestleManias IV, V and VIII (being part of a double main event at the last of those presentations), as well as four of the first five SummerSlam shows, the 1995 edition of WCW’s Starrcade, and many other events. At the peak of his popularity, he held similar drawing power to that of Hulk Hogan.
For most of his tenures in the WWF and WCW, Savage was managed by his real-life wife “Miss Elizabeth” Hulette. He was recognizable by wrestling fans for his distinctively deep and raspy voice, his flamboyant ring attire, intensity exhibited in and out of the ring, using “Pomp and Circumstance” as his entrance music, and his signature catch phrase, “Oooh yeah!”.
Savage died of cardiac arrhythmia while driving with his second wife Barbara Lynn Payne, in Seminole, Florida on the morning of May 20, 2011. On March 28, 2015, he was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.