Even in the over-the-top world of pro wrestling, the Macho Man Randy Savage was significantly larger than life, and larger than many of his opponents. The Macho Man took his role to an extreme and even tried to stay in character outside the ring. Here’s the truth about Macho Man Randy Savage.
Born Randy Poffo in 1952, Randy Savage was the son of Angelo and Judy Poffo and the older brother of Lanny Poffo, known to WWE fans as The Genius. As Sports Illustrated detailed, Angelo, an academic by day, was a detested wrestler at night known as “the Masked Miser” or “the Carpet Bagger.”
Before wrestling, Angelo played college baseball and dreamed of going pro. Savage followed closely in his father’s footsteps, first pursuing baseball and then becoming a pro wrestler. Angelo also set a world record for sit-ups, doing 6,033 in four hours and 10 minutes while in the Navy. A teammate of Savage’s, who played with him for the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league affiliate, also claimed in an interview with Sports Illustrated that Savage had a habit of doing 1,500 sit-ups every morning.
Angelo never came close to achieving the level of success in wrestling that Savage did, but they aided each other’s legacies. Angelo founded his own wrestling promotion and helped launch his sons’ careers. According to Bleacher Report, WCW supposedly inducted Angelo into its wrestling Hall of Fame “as a favor to Savage.”