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Savage

As WWF Champion in 1988

Randy "Macho Man" Savage -- (born November 15, 1952, as Randall Poffo, in Columbus, Ohio) was a pro wrestler and actor, best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling and for having the most masculine name in the history of professional wrestling. Shortly after his arrival, Randy Savage started using Ms. Elizabeth as his manager, which helped him stand out on the WWF cards (as did his "Pomp & Circumsance" ring music and colorful entrance attire). Additionally, Savage had a tumultous real-life friendship with Hulk Hogan, with whom he formed the Mega-Powers.

Randy Savage won the WWF Intercontinental championship in February 1986, which he held for a record-setting 414 days, before losing the title to Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat in one of the most revered matches in WrestleMania history. Savage's continued pursuit to regain the I-C title after the Honky Tonk Man beat Steamboat resulted in unexpected crowd support. Savage and Honky feuded for several months, but Savage's attempts to regain the championship were fruitless, partly because he won the WrestleMania IV tournament for the WWF World championship in March 1988, defeating Ted DiBiase in the finals with help from former-champion Hulk Hogan. Hogan and Savage were partnered as the "Mega Powers" until they had an on-screen split, culminating with Hogan ending Savage's 371-day reign.

After his title reign, Randy Savage remained a headliner in the WWF, feuding with Dusty Rhodes, Ultimate Warrior, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and Ric Flair (with whom he swapped the WWF title in 1992) before assuming a non-wrestling role as color commentator on Monday Night Raw. He continued to wrestler sparingly and he feuded with a few mid-card talents like Doink The Clown, The Repo Man, and Crush before leaving for WCW in October 1994.

Randy "Macho Man" Savage made his WCW debut at Starrcade 94 where he reunited with Hulk Hogan. He resumed his feud with Ric Flair in 1995, swapping the WCW World championship in December 1995, January 1996, and February 1996. Savage was also on the frontline of the New World Order invasion until his contract lapsed in October 1996. Savage re-signed with WCW in January 1997, and he joined the nWo in February 1997, leading to a unforgettable feud with Diamond Dallas Page. In April 1998, Savage beat Sting for the WCW championship, but he lost it the next night to Hogan (Savage tore his ACL in the match with Sting) and feuded with Rowdy Roddy Piper and Bret "Hit Man" Hart before taking more time off.

When Randy Savage returned in April 1999, he had a new look, new girlfriend, and new focus, defeating Kevin Nash for the WCW championship at Bash at the Beach in July 1999, only to lose the title the next night to Hogan again. Savage's last WCW feud was against Dennis Rodman, culminating in a match at Road Wild in August 1999. Savage had a brief stint in Total Nonstop Action in late-2004, but he left due to creative differences (Savage wanted to win the NWA World championship and lose it back the next month, but TNA wanted Jarrett's reign to remain uninterrupted).

Randysavage

NWA remembers Macho

Despite being one of the most popular wrestlers in WWF history, Randy "Macho Man" Savage had no mutual participation with WWE for many years, the reasons for which were considered taboo amongst fans (the popular belief was that Savage was intimate with a very young Stephanie McMahon in 1994). However, things changed in 2009 and WWE released a 3-disc set called Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection in June 2009. Afterwards, Randy Savage was included in newer WWE video games, such as "WWE All-Stars."

On the morning of May 20, 2011, Randy Savage died in Florida after suffering an apparent heart attack, which caused an immediate car crash. WWE.com paid tribute to him and the news was reported on every major news outlet, including CNN.com.

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