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Born Randall Mario Poffo on November 15, 1952, in Columbus, Ohio, the man who would become “Macho Man” Randy Savage came from a wrestling family. His father, Angelo Poffo, was a well-known wrestler and promoter who encouraged his sons, Randy and Lanny, to enter the business. Randy Savage played baseball in his early years, even making it to the minor leagues. But, in 1973, he shifted gears and started his wrestling career. Savage’s early wrestling years were spent in various regional promotions, where he honed his skills and developed his larger-than-life persona. In this feature we look at life and career of the Macho Man Randy Savage with particular reference to related collectibles and memorabilia associated.

1990 WWF Hasbro Macho Man Randy Savage wrestling figure mint on card
.  1990 WWF Hasbro Macho Man Randy Savage wrestling figure mint on card. This mint example sold for $700 on ebay, April 2023.

The Macho Man’s Wrestling Career

Randy Savage was born Randall Mario Poffo in Columbus, Ohio, in 1952. His father, Angelo Poffo, was a notable professional wrestler, and Randy and his brother, Lanny, followed in his footsteps. Randy initially pursued a career in baseball, playing in the minor leagues, but he eventually transitioned to wrestling.

In the early 1970s, Savage began wrestling in various regional promotions under his real name, Randy Poffo. He wrestled in his father’s promotion, the International Championship Wrestling (ICW), where he won the ICW World Heavyweight Championship on several occasions.

LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Randy Macho Man Savage 1985
LJN WWF Wrestling Superstars Randy Macho Man Savage 1985. This excellent carded example sold for $630 on ebay, March 2023.

In 1974, Poffo adopted the ring name “Macho Man” Randy Savage. The name, inspired by an article in Reader’s Digest declaring that “macho man” was going to be a term of the future, would stick with him for the rest of his career.

In the early 1980s, Savage moved on to the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) in Memphis, where he had memorable feuds with wrestlers like Jerry “The King” Lawler and Dutch Mantell. He then spent time in Mid-South Wrestling, where he continued to develop his character and honed his wrestling skills.

Savage joined the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in 1985. His arrival was heralded with a storyline where several managers vied for his services, but in a surprising twist, he chose the lovely Miss Elizabeth to be his manager. This marked the beginning of one of the most iconic pairings in wrestling history.

During his time in the WWF, Savage had numerous memorable matches and feuds. He won his first Intercontinental Championship in 1986, defeating Tito Santana.

His feud with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat led to their classic match at WrestleMania III in 1987, often cited as one of the greatest wrestling matches of all time. The two competitors showcased their athleticism and storytelling skills in a dramatic back-and-forth encounter that ended with Steamboat defeating Savage to win the Intercontinental Championship.

In 1988, Savage won his first WWF Championship at WrestleMania IV in a tournament final against “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. He later formed an alliance with Hulk Hogan, known as “The Mega Powers.” However, tension between the two led to a match at WrestleMania V, where Hogan defeated Savage for the WWF Championship.

Savage went on to have several more memorable feuds in the WWF, including with “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and “The Ultimate Warrior.” He left the WWF in 1994, marking the end of a legendary tenure with the company.

After leaving the WWF, Savage joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he continued to be a top star. He had memorable feuds with wrestlers like Diamond Dallas Page and continued his longstanding rivalry with Hulk Hogan. Savage won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship four times during his tenure with the company.

Randy Savage’s career in professional wrestling was nothing short of iconic. From his beginnings in regional promotions to his time in the biggest wrestling companies in the world, Savage left a lasting legacy that continues to be celebrated by fans and fellow wrestlers alike.

Life Beyond the Ring

“Macho Man” Randy Savage’s larger-than-life personality, iconic style, and unforgettable catchphrases transcended wrestling and made him a significant figure in popular culture. His distinctive voice and flamboyant outfits were instantly recognizable, even to those not familiar with the wrestling world.

Slim Jim Collectors Series 2020 MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE Collectible Display Holder
Slim Jim Collectors Series 2020 MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE Collectible Display Holder. Sold for $200 on ebay, March 2023.

Slim Jim Commercials – Perhaps Savage’s most memorable foray into pop culture was his time as the spokesman for Slim Jim. His energetic commercials, featuring his catchphrase, “Snap into a Slim Jim! Ooh yeah!” became a 90s staple and played a significant role in the brand’s success during that era. His catchphrase became ingrained in American popular culture, and his commercials are fondly remembered even today.

Television and Movie Appearances – Savage made numerous television appearances throughout his career. He appeared on popular shows like “Baywatch” and “Walker, Texas Ranger”, where his wrestling persona translated seamlessly to the small screen. He also made a memorable appearance in the hit 90s television show “Mad About You,” playing himself.

In 2000, Savage made an appearance in the wildly popular TV show “Dexter’s Laboratory” in a wrestling-themed episode, voicing the character of “Rasslor”. The character was an intergalactic wrestler who challenged Earth’s champions to wrestling matches, a fitting role for the wrestling superstar.

His raspy voice and charismatic persona also made him a perfect fit for animated roles. Savage lent his voice to the animated series “King of the Hill,” and he appeared in the 2002 blockbuster movie “Spider-Man” as the wrestler “Bonesaw” McGraw. His line, “Bonesaw is ready!”, became a fan favorite and is often quoted by Spider-Man fans.

Video Games – Savage’s persona also made its way into video games. He was a character in many wrestling-themed games, including the “WWF/WWE” series and “WCW/nWo Revenge”. His signature moves and catchphrases were faithfully recreated in these games, allowing players to step into the boots of the “Macho Man” himself. In 2011, Savage also made a surprising appearance in the popular video game “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” — but not officially. A modder created a modification that replaced the game’s dragons with Macho Man, complete with his catchphrases and signature hat and glasses. The mod quickly became viral, demonstrating Savage’s enduring popularity and cultural impact.

Collecting Macho Man Randy Savage

The legacy of Randy Savage has inspired a dedicated community of fans who collect memorabilia and merchandise related to The Macho Man. From action figures to autographs, there is a wide variety of collectibles available for enthusiasts to celebrate the life and career of this wrestling icon.

Action Figures
Action figures are among the most sought-after pieces of wrestling memorabilia. From his early days in the WWF to his time in WCW and beyond, there have been numerous Macho Man action figures produced over the years. These range from classic LJN and Hasbro figures of the 80s and 90s to more recent figures produced by companies like Mattel. Some of the rare and highly sought-after figures can fetch high prices on the secondary market, especially if they are in mint condition and in their original packaging.

1992 WWF Hasbro Macho Man Randy Savage Series 5 Official Wrestling Figure
1992 WWF Hasbro Macho Man Randy Savage Series 5 Official Wrestling Figure. Sold for £289 on ebay, April 2023.

Trading Cards
Trading cards are another popular collectible. There are many Macho Man Randy Savage cards, ranging from his early career to his later years. The value of these cards can vary widely based on factors such as rarity, condition, and whether they are autographed.

Macho Man Themed Clothing and Ring-Worn Memorabilia
For the serious collector, ring-worn memorabilia like trunks, boots, and robes can be the ultimate collectible. These items were actually worn by Savage in the ring, making them unique pieces of wrestling history. However, these items can be quite expensive and are often only available through auction houses or private sales.

Autographs
Autographed items such as wrestling programs, magazines and cards are very collectible with original and high graded items selling for over $1,000.

1998 Topps WCW NWO Macho Man Randy Savage Autographed Card
1998 Topps WCW NWO Macho Man Randy Savage Autographed Card. Sold for $1,691 on ebay. March 2021.

Legacy

“Macho Man” Randy Savage is remembered as one of the most charismatic and dynamic performers in professional wrestling history. He was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015, a fitting tribute to his significant impact on the sport. His influence continues to be felt today, with countless wrestlers citing him as an inspiration. In the world of professional wrestling, the Macho Man’s legacy lives on: intense, bold, and unforgettable.

In his personal life, Savage had a well-publicized relationship with Miss Elizabeth (Elizabeth Hulette), who was both his on-screen manager and his wife. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1992, but they remained connected through wrestling for several years afterward.

Randy Savage passed away on May 20, 2011, due to heart disease. His death marked the end of an era, and he left behind a legacy that remains unmatched.

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