Lanny Poffo Discusses Damien Sandow, Highlights From His WWF Run, WCW, Macho Man In HOF

Lanny Poffo Discusses Damien Sandow, Highlights From His WWF Run, WCW, Macho Man In HOF

Source: Wrestling 101

Wrestling 101 recently interviewed Lanny Poffo, brother of the legendary "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Here are some highlights:

Damien Sandow and his gimmick as "The Intellectual Saviour of the Masses": "Actually Joe Gomez who is a really good friend of mine and was a really good friend of Randy's called me up and told me about this guy in Florida Championship Wrestling that wanted to meet me. I live about twenty, thirty minutes away from where they do their shows so I drove there and I'm really glad I did because Dusty Rhodes, Steve Keirn, and Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat were there to pass on their condolences about Randy and my father.

They are all trainers at FCW and they then introduced me to Damien Sandow, he was a very nice person and he asked me if I minded him stealing my gimmick. I told him, that I had stolen the gimmick as well, I wasn't the first wrestler to wear a cap and gown, I can name you about five or six, my father was one of them, my brother did it, many years before Dean Malenko's father was the Professor Boris Malenko etc

Anybody can get a cap and gown and go into the ring, I don't consider that stealing a person's gimmick and I just told Damien Sandow, 'you just do the best you can'. I went on to tell him about Jay Lethal's impressions of Randy, and how Randy felt complemented, not only did he steal Randy's gimmick but he did such a great job of it."

Highlights from his WWF run: "First of all, the time I was on Tuesday Night Titans, which was a talk show with Vince McMahon as the host and Lord Alfred Hayes was his sidekick. I was afraid that I would be boring and that they would never allow me to go on the show again, so I decided to write a poem for the occasion and then when they went to a commercial break Vince came up to me and said, "Lanny that was fantastic and from now on do a poem before every match." That was the day I became not just a wrestler but a wrestler with a gimmick, and without a gimmick you really aren't a wrestler, I mean in this world of sports entertainment.

"The second was right before WrestleMania III and I was involved in a dark match, in the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. As you can imagine when I was a boy dreaming of money and glory, I didn't hope I was going to be in a dark match someday, that was not my goal. Before the match Gorilla Monsoon pull me off to the side and he told me there was going to be a battle royal and Andre The Giant needs to get heat because he was going to wrestle Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III. Monsoon said, 'I want to bat for you, I hope you don't make a monkey out of me,' to which I replied 'I would never make a monkey out of a gorilla.' In the match Andre head-butts me and I do something very special for Andre as the sacrificial lamb.

"Then of course, a few years later I got to wrestle Hulk Hogan on NBC, and then after that match we worked all over the place, usually it was Mr. Perfect and myself against Hulk Hogan and Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake or Big Boss Man. I had an opportunity to be in the main event at Madison Square Garden and in all the arenas for four months in a row. If you asked me was it worth it to be a jabroni for all those years, to bask in the sunshine of success, drink from the silver chalice, the answer is of course yes. Even if I had never wrestled Hulk Hogan and be a main eventer for four months it still would have been worth it because I enjoyed every moment of it and the WWE was very good to me."

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