Lanny Poffo keeping Macho Man's legacy alive
TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
|A recent photo of Lanny Poffo (right), with his brother Randy 'Macho Man' Savage.
Lanny Poffo lived in Canada for all of about two weeks.
But he still gets excited when he comes to Canada.
And now he's on a mission ... to help carry on the legacy of his legendary brother, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, who died nearly two months ago after suffering a heart attack while driving a car.
Poffo, who was born in Calgary while his dad Angelo worked in the territory, will perform at a tribute show to his brother, Sept. 3 in Hawkesbury, Ont. -- between Ottawa and Montreal.
"If somebody wants to pay tribute to my brother, he has my ear," said Poffo, who has wrestled 20 times or so in the past year and is sales manager for medical insurance plans.
Poffo said his brother's legacy is important.
"A couple of months ago, I was playing with my cellphone and found out Elizabeth Taylor had died. There were a bunch of of people around in their 20s and they had no idea who she was. I want people to remember Randy. Shelf life can be fleeting."
There is still sentiment that the Macho Man should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Poffo said his brother talked about it.
"He said if the Hall of Fame ever comes calling, that it would be all three of us (father Angelo and his two sons) or nothing."
After stepping away from a stellar WWF career, Savage remained in the public eye through Slim Jim commercials and an appearance in a Spider-Man movie.
The 56-year-old Poffo carved out an impressive career of his own -- as The Genius, he performed magic with words, creating a poem for his opponents before stepping into the ring.
"I wasn't really a genius, but the poetry was mine," said Poffo. "I always knew who was going to win or lose, but I had carte blanche to write."
Poffo has remained a man of the people.
"Many years ago, when I was 12, Art Linkletter told me to F-off when I asked for an autograph. Whatever happens in life, I will never be too busy to sign a real autograph and not one of those fake ones. I give them a little attention. It hurts real bad if you get rejected."
Poffo was en route to San Jose, stopped in Dallas, when he got the news his brother had been in a car accident.
"I tried to get a flight home and was told I couldn't. I got very emotional and the woman got her supervisor. Then American Airlines decided a sold-out flight wasn't sold out. I got a seat.
"The viewing was four days later. The only thing worse than seeing the body is seeing your 84-year-old mom have to view the body."
Poffo says his brother was a good man.
"The last 10 years, he liked to be out of the spotlight. He was always good for the family."
Poffo says he still enjoys entertaining wrestling fans.
"As long as I can read a poem and do a moonsault, I'm still able to climb into the ring."
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Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.email@example.com.