Lanny Poffo Opens Up On Randy Savage A038E iBiographyi, Issues Corrections On Stories Told

The Randy Savage A&E Biography aired on May 2, and the episode has received its fair share of criticism from the wrestling community. Lanny Poffo addressed some of the criticism in a recent blog entry for Pro Wrestling Stories, and he also issued a few corrections on the story that was told.

Here are some of the highlights from Poffo’s blog, including separating fact from fiction on some of the narratives within the documentary:

Did Randy Savage Really Lock Miss Elizabeth in the Closet?

Heres the thing: The secret to a happy marriage is still a secret to me. I am a one-time loser. I was once married, now divorced.

The secret to a happy marriage is also a secret to someone like Jerry Lawler, who has been divorced three times. So I dont know why he feels the authority to give marital advice.

Wrestlers love to make profound observations that they have overheard. Contrary to popular belief, my brother Randy Savage never locked Elizabeth in any closet in the dressing room.

What was Randy supposed to do? Let Elizabeth take a shower with Brian Knobbs?

Its much easier to speak about it now that Randys gone.

Nobody would know if the door was locked or unlocked because nobody had the guts to open or try to close the door. And now that Randy has been gone over ten years, everybody seems to have the balls now, but they didnt then.

Jerry Lawler, who spoke of my brother Randys marriage to Liz in the A&E Biography episode, wasnt even in the WWE when Elizabeth was there.

Randy came to the WWF with Elizabeth in 85, and Elizabeth was gone a few months before Lawler joined the company.

You can almost forgive Lawler, though. If it werent for Jimmy Hart, Jerry Lawler, and Hulk Hogan, Randy wouldnt have got to where he did because this business is not about merit. Its about favor.

Jerry Lawler, influenced by Jimmy Hart, gave Randy an opportunity in Memphis, and they broke box office records together.

Randy told me that Jerry Lawler was not only a great worker but probably one of the most intelligent people hes ever met in the business as far as how to make a silk purse out of a sows ear, which he had to do 52 times a year in these weekly towns.

What Im attempting to do here is put people over while also giving my thoughts.

I want to say that 75% of the A&E Biography episode on Randy was great, 20% of it was lousy, and 5% was just horrible. The people responsible for the 5% are Stephanie Bellars (Gorgeous George, Frankenstein, whatever) and Bubba the Love Sponge.

These are two people that speak with authority with absolutely no validity. Bubba, for instance, speculated on who Randy loved all his life, yet he wasnt even on Randys Christmas list, so how was he going to know that?

Be A Man, Hulk

I told the truth every time during filming, but most of my truth got sent to the editing room floor.

One of the things mentioned was Randy asking me to write the song Be A Man about Hulk Hogan on his rap album. It was the only time Ive refused Randy anything.

I told him, I cant do that.

He replied, Cant, or wont?

I said, Both!

And he said, Why not?

I explained to my brother that I was like someone who finally got a date to the dance.

Hulk Hogan took me off the scrap heap and wrestled me on Saturday Nights Main Event. I had four months of main events, all because of Hulk Hogan.

Im not going to turn around and use my talent to write a negative song about a very positive man in my life, is what I said to him.

We both loved Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig. That was something Randy and I agreed on.

I told my brother, Ill write a song, The Perfect Friend, and you can sing it and thatll be my contribution to your CD, but Im not going to make any negative songs about Hulk Hogan.

I wrestled for 21 years, but nothing was better than those four months I spent with Hogan. I refuse not to be appreciative of that.

You can run any song you want, I said to Randy, but I cant do that.

So I wrote Perfect Friend, but by the time I heard it on CD, the song was tweaked beyond recognition. Randy liked what I wrote, and then he tweaked it. I didnt recognize it as my own anymore, but I came up with the title and the words, and I was very proud of that.

Correcting Bruce Prichard

Speaking of writers, the former Brother Love Bruce Prichard said in the A&E Biography of Randy Savage that my mother was from Germany during the rise of Hitler. Basically, he was saying that my mother was in the Holocaust.

While thats a good soundbite for a creative writer in wrestling, it is simply not true.

Yes. My mother was Jewish. They got that part right. She was born in Naperville, Illinois, and met my father, Angelo, at DePaul University. She earned her MRS degree there.

They got married, and they had two babies: Macho Man and me.

She is Jewish, but her mother was from Belarus, and her father was from Lithuania. On my fathers side, both of my grandparents were from Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.

So there you are with some actual facts. Its probably not as interesting as what Bruce Prichard said, but embellishment is usually more fun than the truth.

Randy Savage Finding Facts Amongst the Fiction

I dont give marital advice because I am already divorced. Evidently, that didnt bother multiple divorced men from going on television to criticize Randys divorce and rant about things they know nothing about.

For example, Bubba the Love Sponge when was the last time a woman ever made love to him and meant it? It was in poor taste to even put him out there.

Roddy Piper and Stone Cold Steve Austin were glorified in these A&E episodes while Randy got vilified.

Randy was made to look as bad as Chris Benoit, but I dont remember my brother murdering anybody.

Stephanie (Gorgeous George) said, I really dont want to be negative.

Oh, please. Its too late for that. Thats all she has been.

Theres an old saying: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

She seems to be very ungrateful for the opportunities that she had, and it sounds like she hasnt really healed from it.

In the episode, Stephanie said that she and Randy took ecstasy. I dont believe my brother ever did any of the stuff she mentioned. Maybe he did, maybe he didnt, but it was totally inappropriate for her to say those things.

She also mentioned that my brother took steroids. No, it wasnt steroids because that was illegal at the time. It was human growth hormones. Thats how Randy got massively large for the movie Spider-Man.

I notice she keeps going to wrestling reunions and tries to sell merchandise of her and the Macho Man in photographs together. The people that buy them, I dont think theyre buying them to see her.

Shes still trying to squeeze the last penny out of that relationship.

Many people cant fathom the fact that my brother Randy Savage liked Lex Luger a lot and did not blame him for the death of Elizabeth.

Randys feelings were that you are responsible for your own overdose once you reach the age of consent. If I went to your house and overdosed, would you be to blame? Elizabeth was in her 40s when she died, and my brother never blamed Lex for what happened.

In the A&E episode, the producers questioned me on it, and I said, You have my answer. I gave you my answer.

And then they said, Ever?

I then repeated, I gave you my answer.

In other words, Randy had no animosity towards Lex Luger. I wanted that clearly understood in the documentary.

Randy and Lex were friends. They were workout buddies and training partners, and Randy was trying to get a body like his. He had nothing but respect for Lex.

By the time Lex Luger and Liz were an item, Randy was no longer in the picture. He had moved on.

It was great of Randy to suggest that Elizabeth come into the WCW because he knew there was gold to be mined. He did not let his personal feelings affect the fact that the primary purpose of professional wrestling is to fill the seats with butts and for Nielsen ratings.

Also, when Randy left Vince McMahon and the WWE, he took Slim Jim with him to the tune of $750,000 per year. Verifying that was Eric Bischoff on the show.

Ive read that Eric Bischoff wishes that he was not a part of the documentary because he was disgusted by how things were portrayed.

Randy liked Eric Bischoff and his family. I never heard anything bad about Eric from Randy, although Ive heard a lot of bad from other wrestlers about Eric.

When youre in a position like Eric was in, you cant please everybody when everyone feels theyre number one. Only one person can be number one.

The Truth Behind How Randy Savage Met His Wife Lynn

In the A&E episode, everybody said Randy married his high school sweetheart, Lynn. This was false. Randy couldnt have graduated high school in Downers Grove, Illinois, and have a sweetheart from a suburb of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Even the Macho Man cant pull that off!

The truth is after Lynn graduated from her high school in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, she went to Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

At the time, Randy was in Sarasota playing baseball in the rookie league of the St. Louis Cardinals organization while Lynn was out there studying to become an artist. This was when the two of them met.

My Final Thoughts on the A&E Biography of Macho Man Randy Savage

Before I finish, I would like to clear up a few more misconceptions.

Contrary to what was mentioned in the A&E episode, nobody in the Poffo family ever slept in a car. We always slept in hotels.

Regarding the statements made about Randys costumes, he spent a fortune on these, but it was always under the advice of his CPA. He knew what percentage of his income was tax-deductible.

As mentioned before, I feel 75% of the A&E Biography episode on my brother Randy Savage was portrayed fairly, 20% unfairly, and 5% horribly. But lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater. 75% percent of the episode was great.

But A&E certainly sensationalized.

How come they didnt mention one thing about Randys activity with the Special Olympics, Make-a-Wish, Childrens Cancer, Jerry Lewiss Telethon, March of Dimes, underprivileged children, and everything else he did? Thats not newsworthy? None of that matters? Do you want to just dig for the dirt?

The Autopsy of Randy Savage: A Documentary Worth Watching

If you want to see a documentary that stuck with the truth and not sensationalism, I filmed footage for another documentary on my brother through ITV and the TV channel Reelz for a show called The Autopsy of Randy Savage.


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