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EXCLUSIVE: Lanny Poffo Interview
Submitted By James Walsh
|Show: Interactive Wrestling Radio (courtesy of www.WrestlingEpicenter.com)
Guest: "The Genius" Lanny Poffo
Your Hosts: Patrick Kelley & James Walsh
With the release of the new WWE "Macho Man' Randy Savage Story DVD,
it seemed only natural that we would contact Randy's brother Lanny
Poffo to discuss the release and help us promote it. We interviewed
both Randy and Lanny in years gone by and are the most pro-Macho show
you will find online.
While Lanny says the WWE did a great job with the DVD, he does have
his problems with some of what certain had to say about his brother on
it. And, he lets rip!
"THE GENIUS" LANNY POFFO
On the how the new WWE DVD on Randy Savage came to be:
"When I agreed to it, I had no idea it would go so well!" He
has high praise for the producer, Kieran Bent, stating he handled it
beautifully and was extremely nice to his mother even buying her
flowers. "My mother was asked if she'd be a part of it and originally
refused. She was still mad at WWE for not offering her their
condolences on the passing of my father and my brother. But, I said
"Mom, this is not for the Macho Man. It is for the Macho Fan". The
needs of the many outhweigh the needs of the few."
On his take of the overall finished product:
"I took a look at it almost with one eye closed because I
was so nervous how it was going to come out. But, I was very impressed
with it. Now, it wasn't perfect in my estimation. Here is where I have
to talk very carefully. I want you to know that I realize that without
Jimmy Hart and Jerry Lawler, we never would have gone to Memphis. And,
without Jimmy Hart, we would never have gone to the WWE. Don't think
for one moment that I'm not appreciative of Hulk Hogan for giving a
journeyman 4 months of main events. I don't want to complain, point
fingers, or name names. But, I would like to shout out to every main
event jabronie that disgraced themselves on my brother's DVD by making
fun of the way that Randy treated Elizabeth.You are all divorced. All
of you! All of you are divorced! How dare you question my brother. What
did you want him to do? Let Elizabeth shower with Brian Knobbs? Is that
what you wanted? I mention Brian Knobbs because he was always trying to
earn his name of Nasty Boy. I would have wanted my own locker room!
There were people puting Halcion in people's drinks. There were people
using people's suit cases as toilets. It was like National Lampoons
Animal House! My brother was just a no nonsense guy in a world full of
nonsense. I would say he was a better husband than Chris Benoit,
wouldn't you say? How come all of these people are divorced?"
On the critical approach of the DVD on how Randy treated Elizabeth backstage:
"Randy was a hard guy not to be jealous of. Now that he's
dead, you'd think they'd get over it. What I would like to do is take
all these main event, sorry ass jabronies and put their marriage under
the microscope and lets examine them."
On the positive contributors (wrestlers) to the DVD:
"I called Gene Okerlund, Diamond Dallas Page, and Bret "The
Hitman" Hart personally and thanked them for their contributions to my
brothers video. Watch it again and see if they don't resonate with
On his brother's not-all-that-well-known charity work:
"Randy was a saint. Randy loved, loved, loved the Special
Olympics," said Lanny. "Randy would show up in full regalia. And, When
you thought it couldn't get better, the WWE used to send a mountain of
T shirts, posters, baseball caps. And, I used to stand back and watch
my brother give the items to the athletes of the Special Olympics, I
used to think "Wow, what a good man my brother is. And, what a good
company (WWE) we work for." WWE was giving away all that stuff, the
same merchandise you could buy at the arenas. Now, you have to say that
is pretty good! No organization does more for the less fortunate than
the WWE and for all those who point fingers and laugh, what have you
On if he'd have liked to have had the McMahon's or Shawn Michaels on the DVD:
"I would have liked to have Pat Paterson not be on it",
Lanny says without missing a beat. "Here's why. There was a battle
royal for old times in the Meadowlands. Randy blamed Patt Patterson and
Chief Jay Strongbow for their influence on Vince McMahon for my father
not being allowed in that battle royal. Randy thought he had the stroke
to get it done. The sad thing is, Randy wasn't on the card. The main
event was "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and Harley Race. For whatever reason,
Duggan couldn't make it. Randy took his place. Every one of them (the
legends) came up to him and asked, "How's your dad? Where's your dad?
How come he isn't here?" That made Randy feel worse that he couldn't
get it done. It was a very small thing for Randy to ask for. Two days
later, Chief Jay Strongbow is in the locker room with a cast on his arm
and a sling. Randy says, "What's the matter with your arm?" Strongbow
said, "Lou Thesz broke my arm when he threw me over the top rope."
Randy said, "Lou Thesz didn't break your arm. You broke your own arm
because you're too fat and you're a disgrace to the business." From
that day forward, he had a long face in the locker room." He continues,
"Here's the difference. Jay Strongbow was a 24/7 anal sphincter. Pat
Patterson had a wonderful personality and was fun to be around. But,
still smug. Randy blamed Pat Patterson for using his influence on Vince
McMahon for not allowing my father to be in an old man's battle royal
that wouldn't have hurt anybody if they had added one extra guy. It was
like having a party and you're not invited, even if you beg me."
On if he and Randy made it possible to be a "smaller" guy in a "big man" world:
"Yes. But, Randy was medium size in a big man's world. Rey
Mysterio is tiny in a big man's world and he made it work because he is
On CM Punk:
"I guess we all heard the greatest shoot interview of all
time? I never met CM Punk but I love him", says Poffo. He credits Punk
for wearing the Macho Man tights the RAW after Randy passed away and
for continuing the legacy with the big elbow.
On Randy's final project on Gorgeous George (George Wagner):
"Randy felt bad that he gave his girfriend the name Gorgeous
George", Lanny explains. He explains that Gorgeous George had convinced
Angelo Poffo not to quit wrestling and become a school teacher when he
was thinking about getting out because he saw something in him. Just a
few years later, George Wagner died in a slop house after having made
over 9 million dollars between 1960 and 1963. Angelo called Betty,
George's wife, and she told him that they couldn't afford to give him a
propper funeral. Angelo said, "You'll give him a propper funeral and
send me the check", explained Lanny. "This is the man Pat Patterson
called cheap (on the DVD)." Poffo sounds extremely upset by the
"frugal" remarks made about his father on the DVD. He explains that he
watched it with his mother and she takes a very negative view to anyone
being critical of her husband and son.
On if he'll bend on Randy's wish to have the Poffo family go in as a 3-man-team or allow him to go in solo:
"Ok, I am bending and let me explain why. The day I turned
59, it finally hit me I'm the older brother. There were a lot of times
in my life, being the Macho Man's brother and Angelo's son, I didn't
get my way. As the last man standing, I am now. So, I told my mother
I'm willing to allow the WWE to put "Macho Man" Randy Savage in the
Hall of Fame by himself. I'm not going to have a blinking contest with
Vince McMahon. He's got balls of steel and he's willing to cut off his
nose to spite his face. I'm just not man enough to do that, fellas. I
can stand up to a lot of people but not him. He's got more guts and
brains than anyone I've ever met. Even Randy would have told you that,"
says Lanny. "What is the Hall of Fame anyway? It isn't for the Macho
Man, it is for the Macho fan and they are the ones that made him great.
I'm sorry, Randy. I hope that you're not mad at me. Maybe we'll find
out later." Lanny does go on to say that he's not been officially asked
yet, no one has officially called him, but he has come to the
conclusion in his mind that if they will not induct all 3, which he
seems they have been disinterested in doing, he now has accepted that
he will allow Randy to go in solo.
Plus, on the video and in the MP3
you can hear his take on if Miss Elizabeth should be in the Hall of
Fame, a funny story about himself and Curt Hennig on the Regis show
back in 1990, and more defenses over his father being "frugal" as
described on the DVD. The DVD is available on shelves everywhere and at
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