As many of you know by now, there was a lot of criticism over the Randy Savage A&E Biography that aired back on May 2. Randy’s brother, Lanny Poffo, has now written a blog on Pro Wrestling Stories responding to some of the criticism. You can check out some highlights from the blog below:
Did Randy Savage Really Lock Miss Elizabeth in the Closet?
Here’s 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 don’t 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?
It’s much easier to speak about it now that Randy’s 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 didn’t then.
Jerry Lawler, who spoke of my brother Randy’s marriage to Liz in the A&E Biography episode, wasn’t 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 weren’t for Jimmy Hart, Jerry Lawler, and Hulk Hogan, Randy wouldn’t have got to where he did because this business is not about merit. It’s 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 he’s ever met in the business as far as how to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, which he had to do 52 times a year in these weekly towns.
What I’m 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 wasn’t even on Randy’s 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 I’ve refused Randy anything.
I told him, “I can’t do that.”
He replied, “Can’t, or won’t?”
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 Night’s Main Event. I had four months of main events, all because of Hulk Hogan.
“I’m 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, “I’ll write a song, ‘The Perfect Friend,’ and you can sing it and that’ll be my contribution to your CD, but I’m 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 can’t 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 didn’t 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 that’s 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 father’s side, both of my grandparents were from Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.
So there you are with some actual facts. It’s 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 don’t give marital advice because I am already divorced. Evidently, that didn’t bother multiple divorced men from going on television to criticize Randy’s 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 don’t remember my brother murdering anybody.
Stephanie (Gorgeous George) said, “I really don’t want to be negative.”
Oh, please. It’s too late for that. That’s all she has been.
There’s 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 hasn’t really healed from it.
In the episode, Stephanie said that she and Randy took ecstasy. I don’t believe my brother ever did any of the stuff she mentioned. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t, but it was totally inappropriate for her to say those things.