Lanny Poffo Says Bad Blood With Macho Man & McMahon Started In 1987

Justin LaBar

Macho ManLanny Poffo, brother of the late Macho Man Randy Savage, did an interview with the Tampa Tribune and had some interesting quotes about the highly speculated relationship between his brother and WWE.

Poffo says he can't prove a thing, you just have to take his word, but the bad blood began in 1987.

The Tampa Tribune sent WWE a detailed account of Poffo's claims. In an email, WWE said it would have no comment.

This bitter feud between Savage and McMahon, Poffo said, began in 1987, just two years into Savage's WWE career. That year, the promotion held an “old timers” wrestling event.

Savage's father, Angelo Poffo, was a pro wrestler, as well. He won a few titles for small promoters during his career, but never made waves on the national scene. Savage asked McMahon if his father could participate in the old timer's spectacle so he could finally receive his big moment. According to Poffo, the answer was no.

“Randy didn't ever forgot that,” he said. “My father deserved to be in that match.”

The piece goes on to talk about how Savage was offended when WWE took him out of the ring and made him a commentator. 

When the 1980s turned into the 1990s, McMahon thought Savage's best years were behind him. He took him out of the ring and placed him behind a microphone as a color commentator. Savage was offended.

“He thought he still had a lot of good years in the ring left in him,” Poffo said.

At the age of 42, he signed with the WWE's stiffest competition at the time — World Championship Wrestling.

WWE responded to the defection by airing comedy skits on their television programs based on a character called “The Nacho Man,” depicting the popular wrestler as a bumbling old man.

Savage was bothered by the skits, Poffo said, but not too offended until he saw one that also included caricatures of Larry King and Hulk Hogan insinuating that Savage's ex-wife — Elizabeth Ann Hulette, known in the world of professional wrestling as “Miss Elizabeth” — had fooled around with Hogan.

It continues to go into much more detail about the timeline of events and how Savage not yet being inducted in WWE's Hall of Fame. Click here to read the full article.


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