Why did Randy Savage become so popular?

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The news of Randy Mario Poffo’s death today has left the wrestling world in a state of mourning.

Randy Savage was best known as “Macho Man” Randy Savage to wrestling fans and fans of meet-in-stick form.

 

According to TMZ, Savage suffered a heart attack on Friday, May 20, while driving with his wife Lynn Payne. He suddenly lost control of his vehicle, veering into oncoming traffic and colliding with a tree.

How did Randy Savage become so popular?

Randy Poffo began his wrestling career alongside his father and brother and moved throughout the southern states, going from one wrestling federation to the next.

Randy was not given the name Randy Savage until he signed with Georgia Championship Wrestling, where wrestling great Ole Anderson gave him the moniker.

 

Savage defeated Tito Santana for the Intercontinental championship in February 1986, setting off a year-long reign.

 

Among those who challenged him for the championship were Bruno Sammartino, George “The Animal” Steele, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

 

While these battles benefited Savage’s career, it was his loss of the championship that catapulted him into the spotlight.

 

At WrestleMania III, Savage squared off against Ricky Steamboat in one of the greatest matches in wrestling history.

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