Randy Mario Poffo, better known by his ring name, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was a professional American wrestler and color commentator for the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling.
Randy was born on November 15th, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio. He was the son of an Italian American man and a Jewish woman. His father was featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! for his ability to do sit-ups for multiple hours.
After graduating high school, Randy was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher for their baseball team. He was placed in the minor leagues where he played as an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Chicago White Sox. As batting practice, Randy would swing a bat into a hanging car tire to train his hands and to make sure he utilized his legs during swings. Randy's final season was in 1974 with the Tampa Tarpons.
He began his wrestling career in 1973 under the ring name, The Spider, which was based off of Spider-Man. Later, his friends Terry "The Goose" Stephens and Ole Anderson suggested to him the name "Randy Savage because he fights like a savage. The nickname "Macho Man" was given to him after his mother, Judy Poffo, read a Reader's Digest article predicting that the phrase "Macho Man" would become "the next hot term" for him. At this point, Randy ended his baseball career and became a full time wrestler.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage died on May 20th, 2011 due to a sudden heart attack while driving with his wife in Seminole, Florida. He became unresponsive and their car crashed into a tree. Doctors believed that the car caused his death, but later it was shown that he had an enlarged heart and advanced coronary artery disease. His remains were cremated and placed under his favorite tree on his property in Largo, Florida. Ten days before his death, he asked his brother that when he died, he wanted his brother to pour the ashes of his dog in the same spot.
Randy Savage was one of the greatest professional wrestlers of his time and was ranked among the WWF and the WCW as one of the industries' top performers of all time.