On November 15, 1942 wrestling legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage was born.
“Few Superstars were as dynamic as ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. His style — perfectly punctuated by his entrance music, “Pomp and Circumstance” — was only outshined by his performances in the ring, which led him to two WWE Championships, four WCW World Championships and a 14-month reign as Intercontinental Champion.
Born Randy Poffo, son of wrestling Legend, Angelo Poffo, Macho Man almost chose Major League Baseball over World Wrestling Entertainment. Poffo was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher upon graduating high school. After years developing in the minor leagues, a home plate collision causes an injury to his throwing arm, ending his baseball career.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Randy Poffo debuted as a wrestler in 1973 as a character named ‘The Spider’ who looked like Spider-Man. This was prophetic as Randy Savage scored a role as wrestler ‘Bone Saw’ McGraw in the 2002 motion picture, ‘Spider-Man.’ It wasn’t until Georgia Championship Wrestling matchmaker; Ole Anderson told Poffo that his name didn’t resemble his savage wrestling style that the name Randy Savage became known to fans.
Joining WWE in June of 1985, Macho Man’s impact was such that his services were in demand by the various managers in WWE at that time. But Savage introduced a young woman named Elizabeth to accompany him to the ring and manage him. With the First Lady of Wrestling as his manager, the Superstar’s first major achievement was reaching the finals of a one-night tournament, as part of the Wrestling Classic pay-per-view event in November of 1985. The following February, after a lengthy rivalry with then-Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana, Macho Man defeated the WWE Hall of Famer to earn his first WWE title.
Following his untimely passing in 2011, Time Magazine named Macho Man one of their People of the Year. ” via WWE