Wrestling Career

“Macho Man” Randy Savage was one of the most charismatic and entertaining wrestlers of all time. He began his wrestling career in the mid-1970s, working for various promotions, including the International Championship Wrestling and Championship Wrestling from Florida. He soon gained recognition for his unique look and flashy in-ring style, which made him stand out from the crowd.

In 1985, Savage signed with the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE), where he became a household name. He quickly rose through the ranks and won his first WWF Intercontinental Championship in 1986 by defeating Tito Santana. Over the next few years, Savage would become one of the biggest stars in the WWF, thanks to his intense promos and memorable matches.

One of Savage’s most iconic moments in the WWF came at WrestleMania III in 1987, where he faced off against Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest matches in wrestling history. The match was a technical masterpiece, with both wrestlers showcasing their incredible athleticism and skill. Savage ultimately lost the match but cemented his status as one of the all-time greats.

Savage continued to have a successful career in the WWF throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. He won the WWF Championship at WrestleMania IV in 1988, defeating four other wrestlers in a tournament.

Savage would successfully defend his World Championship Title for 371 days, defeating many legends along the way, such as Andre the Giant, The Ultimate Warrior, and “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, to name a few. It was during this reign that Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan would join forces and become the immensely popular tag team The Mega Powers. This alliance would come to a crashing halt during the “Main Event II” in February 1989. After jealousy and ego took their toll throughout the team’s run, The Macho Man viciously attacked Hulk Hogan in the locker room with the Championship Belt. The fuse was thus lit for The Mega Powers to explode during WrestleMania V. This highly publicized feud is considered by many to be one of the greatest of all time. 

Although Randy Savage dropped the Title to Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania V, he did not leave the ‘80s sans gold. Macho Man Randy Savage defeated “King” Hacksaw Jim Duggan in September 1989 to claim the Crown and Title of “King.” With his new manager Queen Sensational Sherri, the Macho Man reinvented himself as he uncannily morphed into “Macho King Randy Savage.” And rule he did! 

The coronation of Macho King took place on September 30, 1989. Savage’s real-life brother, the Genius Lanny Poffo, read his proclamation. This poem bestowed the title of “Macho King” upon the Macho Man. “The Million Dollar” Man Ted Dibiase presented Savage with a “gift worthy only of a King,” a “Solid Golden Scepter.”

Savage’s iconic run as Macho King ended when he lost a Retirement Match against The Ultimate Warrior on March 241991, at WrestleMania VII. Queen Sherri turned on Savage, prompting former manager and late ex-wife Miss Elizabeth to come from the crowd and save Macho King Randy Savage from Sherri’s attacks. This reconciliation is one of the most emotional storylines in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment. 

Savage’s in-ring career began to wind down in the late 1990s, but he remained involved in the wrestling industry, making occasional appearances on various shows and promotions. Sadly, he passed away in 2011 at the age of 58, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most beloved and influential wrestlers of all time.


World Wrestling Federation/WWE

WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
WWF World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
King of the Ring (1987)
WWF World Heavyweight Championship Tournament (1988)
WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2015)

World Championship Wrestling

WCW World Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
World War 3 (1995)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

Match of the Year vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III (1987)
Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (1988)
Wrestler of the Year (1988)
Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (1989)
Ranked No. 2 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1992
Comeback of the Year (1995)
Feud of the Year vs. Diamond Dallas Page (1997)
Ranked No. 9 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the “PWI Years” in 2003
Ranked No. 57 of the top 100 tag teams of the “PWI Years” with Hulk Hogan in 2003
Stanley Weston Award (2011)

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Match of the Year vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III (1987)
Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)

NWA Mid-America/Continental Wrestling Association

AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
CWA International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

Grand Prix Wrestling

GPW International Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling

NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship (1 time)

International Championship Wrestling

ICW World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

Ilio DiPaolo Legends of the Aud

Hall of Fame (2016)

Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

Class of 2009

United States Wrestling Association

USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

World Wrestling Council

WWC North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)