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Bill Rechin, American cartoonist (Crock), died from complications from esophageal cancer he was , 80.

William J. Rechin better known as Bill Rechin, was an American cartoonist who created the comic strips Out of Bounds and Crock died from complications from esophageal cancer he was , 80.. He received the National Cartoonists Society's Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for 1992 for his work on Out of Bounds. He was president of the NCS for part of 1988. Rechin died of esophageal cancer on May 21, 2011.

(August 20, 1930 – May 21, 2011)


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Echo Valley, American pornographic actress, died from a car crash she was , 56

Echo Valley was the professional name of Cynthia Jean Gillig-Stone, née Cynthia Jean Dubay, a native of Saginaw, Michigan who was an American adult model, adult film actress, exotic dancer, and escort died from a car crash she was , 56.

(May 29, 1954 - May 21, 2011)


Valley was a native of Saginaw, Michigan, but grew up in Columbia, South Carolina.
Valley was named Miss Exotic Big Bust 2000, Miss Exotic USA Big Bust 2000, Miss Exotic 2000 Hottest Stage Personality and Miss Exotic Canada's Hottest Show 1997/98.

She made numerous guest appearances on TV shows such as The Jerry Springer Show, The Maury Show, The Howard Stern Show on E!, MANswers, The Jenny Jones Show, and HBO's Real Sex.'
In March 2000, Valley was charged with an obscenity after a raid by the Baton Rouge Police Department at the Sugar's Adult Night Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. [3]
In 2008, she played the bit character "Tits Hemingway" in the mainstream comedy Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.

Magazine appearances

Valley has appeared in numerous men's magazines such as D-Cup, Splat, Gent, Hustler, Naughty Neighbors, Nugget, Score, and Showgirls magazines.


  • Sins of Echo Valley, Gotham Gold (2000) (V)
  • Big Busted Goddesses of Las Vegas (2000) (V)
  • Busted! (2004) (V)
  • Double Air Bags 16 (2005) (V)
  • Double Air Bags 17 (2005) (V)
  • Juggernauts 3 (2005) (V)
  • Busty Mature Vixens 3! (2005) (V)
  • Busted! 2 (2006) (V)
  • Hooter Nation Vol. 4 (2007) (V)
  • Tittanic (2007) (V)
  • Big Tit Party Vol. 1 (2007) (V)
  • M.I.L.T.F. 27 (2007) (V)
  • Gigantic Joggies Vol. 3 Big Ol' Boobies! (2007) (V)
  • Big Boobs 5 The Hard Way (2007) (V)
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008), Tits Hemmingway
  • Busty Broads in Uniforms (2008) (V)
  • Mega Tits Vol. #9 (2008) (V)
  • It's Okay She's My Mother In Law (2009) (V)

Personal data

She was married to James C. Stone, the former president of Alpha Health Services in Post Falls, Idaho. Stone was sentenced to a three-year term in prison and ordered to pay $170,000 in restitution in 2007 for stealing money from his employees’ pension plan. [4]


On the night of May 21, 2011, less than a week away from her 57th birthday, Valley was driving on U.S. Route 83 near Leakey, Texas, where she was rear-ended by a pickup truck. Valley was not wearing a seatbelt, thus she was ejected from her car as a result of the collision. She died at the scene. According to a friend, she did not wear seatbelts while driving because of her large breasts. [5]


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John Cigna, American radio personality (KDKA) died he was , 75.

Carmine John Cigna was an American radio personality died he was , 75. He spent 28 years at KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, starting in 1973 until his retirement in 2001.

(December 11, 1935 – May 20, 2011)


Early years and career

Cigna was born in 1935 in Brooklyn, New York.[1] He attended the Cambridge School of Broadcasting and Brooklyn College and worked at radio stations in West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana[2] before moving to Pittsburgh in 1969 to take up a position at WJAS as the sports anchor and morning news director.[2][1]

KDKA career

Cigna moved to KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh on March 11, 1973, when he hosted a talk show from 9:00 PM to midnight until 1983, where he moved to the morning slot after previous morning host Jack Bogut moved to WTAE-AM.[2] The show, dubbed "John Cigna and the K-Team" consisted of Dave James, Fred Honsberger and sportscaster Nellie King. Cigna was paired with Honsberger in 1996 to do the morning show, now dubbed The Morning News with John Cigna, but Honsberger was moved back to his afternoon slot 6 months later.[2] On his 25th anniversary at KDKA on March 11, 1998, Cigna received a congratulatory letter from president Bill Clinton, citations from the state and county government, and the proclamation of "John Cigna Day" in Pittsburgh. Upon his retirement in September 2001, Cigna's on air absences had been getting more frequent. One anonymous listener had stated of Cigna, "It sounds like he's phoning it in." [2] He was succeeded by Larry Richert as host of the morning show.

Personal life and death

Cigna was married to Patricia, and had four sons, Tony, John, Mike, and Chris.[2] Cigna was also an avid motorcyclist, often taking motorcycle trips on his Harley Davidson during his retirement.[1] He had been injured in a motorcycle accident in March 1999.[1]
Cigna died on May 20, 2011, in McCandless, Pennsylvania. He had experienced failing health and had recently experienced suffered a stroke and effects of emphysema.[3][1] His wife, Pat, of 53 years had predeceased him by four months, dying in January.[1] Upon his death, Michael Young, senior vice president and Pittsburgh market manager for CBS Radio, stated "Pittsburgh lost an icon. He was just full of life."[1] Cigna had requested that his motorcycle be displayed next to his casket during his funeral.[1]


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William Elliott, Baron Elliott of Morpeth, British politician, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North (1957–1983) died he was , 90.

Robert William Elliott, Baron Elliott of Morpeth known as William Elliott, was a British Conservative Party politician died he was , 90.
(11 December 1920 – 20 May 2011)
His father Richard Elliott, known as 'Dick', was a former councillor and mayor of Morpeth.
He was elected as Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne North at a by-election in 1957, and held the seat until his retirement at the 1983 general election.
From 1958 Elliott was a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS), serving until 1964, when he was appointed an opposition whip, and became a government whip when the Conservatives regained power in 1970.
Elliott was a Vice-Chairman of Conservative Party from 1970 to 1974. He was knighted in 1974, and became a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland in 1982.
In May 1985, he was made a life peer as Baron Elliott of Morpeth, of Morpeth in the County of Northumberland and of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne and took his seat in the House of Lords, where he was Deputy Speaker from 1992 to 2002 and Deputy Chair of Committees from 1997 to 2002.


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Donald Krim, American businessman, president of Kino International, died from cancer he was , 65

Donald Barron Krim was an American film distributor died from cancer he was , 65. He bought Kino International in 1977 and thereafter served as the company's president until his death of cancer in Manhattan at the age of 65 in 2011.

(October 5, 1945, Newton, Massachusetts - May 20, 2011, Manhattan)

As the President of Kino International, Krim helped introduce some of the world's most revered film directors to American audiences; among many others, Wong Kar-Wai (Happy Together; Fallen Angels); Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher); Amos Gitai (Kippur; Kadosh); Aki Kaurismäki (The Match Factory Girl; Ariel); Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust); and Andrei Zvyagintsev (The Return).
Krim received his Bachelor's degree in American History from Columbia University in 1967 and obtained his law degree, also from Columbia, in 1971. After law school, he began his career at United Artists, first becoming head of the 16mm nontheatrical film rental division, then working on the formation of United Artists Classics, the first major studio-owned, art house division—and the model for today's Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics.[3]
In 2000, Krim received the Mel Novikoff Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival, for his work to "enhance the filmgoing public's knowledge and appreciation of world cinema;" and in 2006, he was the recipient of the prestigious William K. Everson Award for Film History, given by the National Board of Review. On that same year, the Anthology Film Archives bestowed Krim with a Film Preservation Honors Award. In 2009, he received "The Visionary Award" at the 24th Annual Israel Film Festival.[4]
In addition, Krim was personally responsible for all aspects of two nationwide re-releases of two different restorations of Fritz Lang's Metropolis—one in 2002, marking the film's 75th anniversary, and the other in 2010, triggered by a major archival discovery. Other classic reissues he helped to make viable include Alexander Korda's The Thief of Bagdad; the first reissue of Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl; Von Stroheim's Queen Kelly; the 50th anniversary restoration of The Bicycle Thief; and recent high-def restorations of Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin and Albert Parker's The Black Pirate.
It was announced in December 2009 that Kino International had merged with Lorber HT Digital to form a new corporate entity, Kino Lorber, Inc. Together with Lorber President Richard Lorber, Krim served as Co-President of the new company until his death in 2011.[5][6]


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Randy Savage, American professional wrestler died he was , 58.

Randy Mario Poff better known by his ring name "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler and actor, best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) died he was , 58.
Savage held twenty championships during his professional wrestling career and is a six-time world champion: a two-time WWF Champion, four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Also a one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, WWE has named Savage the greatest champion of all time and credited him for bringing "a higher level of credibility to the title through his amazing in-ring performances." Aside from championships, Savage was the 1987 WWF King of the Ring and the 1995 WCW World War 3 winner. For much of his tenures in the WWF and WCW, he was managed by his real life wife, "Miss Elizabeth" Hulette.
Savage was recognizable by wrestling fans for his distinctively deep and raspy voice, his ring attire (often comprising sunglasses, a bandanna or head band, flashy robes, and a cowboy hat), intensity exhibited in and out of the ring, and his signature catch phrase ("Ooh yeah!"). WWE has said of Savage, "Few Superstars were as dynamic as "Macho Man" Randy Savage. His style – perfectly punctuated by his entrance music, 'Pomp and Circumstance' – was only outshined by his performances in the ring."

(November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011)

Early life

Poffo was born in Columbus, Ohio, the elder son of Judy and Angelo Poffo. His father was Italian American and his mother was Jewish.[11] Angelo was a well-known wrestler in the 1950s and 1960s, who was featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! for his ability to do sit-ups for hours on end.[11] His younger brother is former professional wrestler Lanny Poffo, better known by his ring names "The Genius" and "Leaping Lanny Poffo." Randy also lived in Zanesville, Ohio where he attended Grover Cleveland Middle School. He graduated from Downers Grove North High School in a suburb near Chicago, Illinois. He later moved to Lexington, Kentucky and lived there for many years.[12]
Savage was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals organization as a catcher out of high school.[13] He was placed in the minor leagues to develop, where he mostly played as an outfielder[14] in the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox farm systems.[4] Savage was 18 when he began playing minor league baseball; one of his teammates on the 1971 Gulf Coast League Cardinals was Larry Herndon who was also his roommate.[13] Savage would swing a bat into a hanging car tire as a regular training exercise in order to strengthen his hands and make sure he utilized his legs during swings, the technique was so effective that Herndon adopted it and used it during his own career as a baseball coach.[13] Savage injured his natural (right) throwing shoulder after a collision at home plate, and he learned to throw with his left arm instead. The team was managed by Jimmy Piersall.[15] Savage's last season was 1974, when he played for the Tampa Tarpons.[14] He played 289 games in four minor league seasons, batting .254 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs.[13]

Professional wrestling career

Early career

Savage (right) prepares to face off against Roberto Soto in a match held in Macon, Georgia on August 23, 1977.[16]
Savage first broke into the wrestling business in 1973 during the fall and winter of the baseball off season.[1] His first wrestling character, "The Spider", was similar to Spider-Man.[1] He later took the ring name Randy Savage at the suggestion of Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW) booker Ole Anderson, who said that the name Poffo did not fit someone who "wrestled like a savage".[1] Savage eventually decided to end his baseball career and become a full-time wrestler, working with his brother and father.[1] He wrestled his first match against Midwest territory wrestler the "Golden Boy" Paul Christy. Savage worked with his father and brother in Michigan, the Carolinas, Georgia, the Maritimes, and the eastern Tennessee territory run by Nick Gulas.[5]
After a while, his father felt that his sons were not getting the pushes they deserved so he started the "outlaw" International Championship Wrestling (ICW) promotion in the mid-American states.[4] Eventually, ICW disbanded and Randy and Lanny entered the Memphis scene, joining Jerry Lawler's Continental Wrestling Association (their former competitors). While there, Savage feuded with Lawler over the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. He also teamed with Lanny to battle The Rock 'n' Roll Express; this feud included a match on June 25, 1984 in Memphis, where in the storyline, Savage injured Ricky Morton by piledriving him through the timekeeper's table, leading to the Express winning by disqualification. Later in 1984, Savage turned babyface and allied with Lawler against Jimmy Hart's First Family alliance, only to turn heel on Lawler again in early 1985 and resume the feud with him over the title.[1] This ended when Lawler beat Savage in a Loser Leaves Town match on June 8 in Memphis, Tennessee.[1]

World Wrestling Federation (1985–1994)

Early heel push (1985)

In June 1985, Savage signed with Vince McMahon. Billed as "the top free agent in pro wrestling," Savage's first appearances on Tuesday Night Titans featured several established managers (including Bobby Heenan, Jimmy Hart, and "Classy" Freddie Blassie) offered their services to Savage.[4] He eventually declined their offers and chose Miss Elizabeth as his new manager.[4][5] His gimmick was a crazed, egomaniacal bully who would mistreat Miss Elizabeth and threaten anyone who even looked at her. He made his pay-per-view (PPV) debut at The Wrestling Classic on November 7, 1985, participating in a 16-man tournament. He defeated Ivan Putski,[17] Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat,[17] and the Dynamite Kid[17] before losing by a countout in the finals to Junkyard Dog.[17]

Intercontinental Champion (1986–1987)

In late 1985, Savage started a feud with Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana over that title. On the November 2, 1985 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, he unsuccessfully challenged Santana for the title (Savage won the match by countout but not the title because a title does not change hands by countout).[18] In a rematch on the February 24, 1986 (taped February 8) edition of Prime Time Wrestling, he won the WWF Intercontinental title at the Boston Garden by using an illegal steel object stashed in his tights to knock out Santana.[19] Early in his WWF career, Savage also won two countout victories in Madison Square Garden over his future tag team partner WWF Champion Hulk Hogan (although the belt did not change hands due to the countout) as well as engaging in feuds with Bruno Sammartino and George "The Animal" Steele.[5]
Savage's feud with Steele began on the January 4, 1986 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, when Steele developed a crush on Miss Elizabeth.[20] At WrestleMania 2, Savage defeated Steele in a match to retain his Intercontinental title.[21] He resumed his feud with Steele in early 1987, culminating in two Intercontinental title matches, both won by Savage.[22][23]
Savage wrestled Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III in the Pontiac Silverdome. After 19 two-counts, Steamboat pinned Savage (with help from George Steele, who pushed Savage from the top rope seconds before he was pinned) to end his near 14 month reign as Intercontinental champion.[24][25] The match was extremely choreographed, as opposed to the "on the fly" nature of most wrestling matches at the time.[1] Savage was a stickler for detail, and he and Steamboat laid out and rehearsed every spot in the match prior to WrestleMania, at his home in Florida.[1] The match was named 1987's Match of the Year by both Pro Wrestling Illustrated and the Wrestling Observer. Steamboat and Savage were seen cheering with and hugging other wrestlers after the match.[1][5]

The Mega Powers (1987–1989)

Savage won the King of the Ring tournament later in 1987.[26] He also started acting less hostile toward the fans and Miss Elizabeth. When The Honky Tonk Man declared himself "the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time", Savage began a feud with him to get the title back. On the October 3, 1987, edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, he got his shot at The Honky Tonk Man and the Intercontinental Championship, but lost out on the title when The Hart Foundation, who along with Honky were managed by Jimmy Hart, interrupted the match, getting Honky disqualified. In the ensuing beatdown, Miss Elizabeth got Hulk Hogan to save him, leading to the formation of "The Mega Powers."[27][28]
At WrestleMania IV, he participated in the 14-man tournament for the vacant WWF Championship. He had successful matches against Butch Reed, Greg Valentine and One Man Gang, and then went on to the finals, in which he defeated "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, by pinning him with the help of Hogan.[29][30][31] Savage retained the WWF title for over a year, defending it against the likes of One Man Gang[32] and André the Giant.[33]
The Mega Powers' main feuds were with The Mega Bucks (Ted DiBiase and André the Giant), whom they defeated in the main event of the first-ever SummerSlam pay-per-view event,[34][35] and The Twin Towers, a tag team composed of super-heavyweights Big Boss Man and Akeem. In the case of the latter feud, Savage frequently became involved in Hogan's matches involving one of the two villains (and vice versa); the two rival factions captained opposing teams in the main event of the 1988 Survivor Series, which was won by the Mega Powers.
Problems between Savage and Hogan developed, however, in early 1989 after Hogan also took Elizabeth as his manager.[28] At the Royal Rumble, Hogan accidentally eliminated Savage from the Royal Rumble match and they started to fight until Elizabeth separated them.[36] On the February 3, 1989 edition of The Main Event, Savage turned on Hogan, getting jealous over Miss Elizabeth and his self-perceived third wheel standing in the Mega Powers. He later abandoned Hogan during a tag team match against the Twin Towers, though Hogan picked up the win in the end.[37]
At WrestleMania V, Savage dropped the WWF title to Hogan after a reign of 371 days.[38][39] He eventually replaced Elizabeth with Sensational Sherri. Savage would co-main event SummerSlam 1989, teaming with Zeus, a character from Hulk Hogan's movie, No Holds Barred, against The Mega-Maniacs (Hogan and Brutus Beefcake). In this match, Hogan "no-sold" Savage's flying elbow by standing straight up after Savage hit him with it in the center of the ring.[40][41] Savage and Zeus faced Hogan and Beefcake in a rematch contested in a steel cage at No Holds Barred and lost again.[42]

Macho King and "retirement" (1989–1991)

Savage adopted the moniker "Macho King" after defeating Jim Duggan for the King of the Ring title in September 1989 (Duggan in turn had won it from Haku).[43] On a later wrestling episode, he had a coronation as the new "King of the WWF" led by wrestler The Genius (actually Savage's brother, Lanny Poffo), in which Ted DiBiase gave him a sceptre as a gift. Savage would use that sceptre as a weapon numerous times. The "Macho King" and Hulk Hogan met one last time (intended to end their ongoing year long feud), when Savage got a shot at Hogan's WWF Championship on the February 23, 1990 edition of The Main Event.[44] The pinfall was counted by new heavyweight boxing champion James Buster Douglas despite Savage kicking out at two, Douglas then punched Savage in the face after Savage confronted and then slapped Douglas.
Savage then began feuding with the "Common Man" Dusty Rhodes, losing a mixed tag match (along with Sherri) to Rhodes and Sapphire at WrestleMania VI[45] but beating him in a singles match at SummerSlam 1990.[46]
In late 1990, Savage started a feud with then-WWF champion The Ultimate Warrior. The feud escalated at Royal Rumble 1991, when Warrior refused to promise Savage the right to challenge him for the title, should Warrior defend it successfully against Sgt. Slaughter (Slaughter had already granted Savage this opportunity, should he beat Warrior). Savage had sent Sensational Queen Sherri out before the match to try to persuade the Warrior to promise this in a face-to-face interview laced with sexual innuendos, but was unsuccessful. Outraged, Savage promised revenge, which he got during the Slaughter-Warrior title match. Before the match began, Randy "Macho King" Savage attacked the champion, resulting in the Ultimate Warrior having to crawl to the ring. Later, Savage ran out to the ring and smashed the sceptre over Warrior's head, (knocking him unconscious for Slaughter to pin), and then immediately sprinted back to the locker room.[47] The events at the Royal Rumble led to a career-ending match at WrestleMania VII, which Savage lost.[48] After the match, Savage was attacked by Queen Sherri as he lay dejected in the ring.[1] This was too much for Miss Elizabeth who happened to be in the audience.[4] Elizabeth rushed to Savage's aid, fighting off Sherri and reuniting with her one-time love to huge crowd appreciation.[1] Despite his retirement from active wrestling, Savage stayed in the WWF in an non-wrestling capacity while the Ultimate Warrior was fired by Vince McMahon after SummerSlam later that year.[1]

Return and feud with Jake "The Snake" Roberts (1991–1992)

Savage returned to television in a non-wrestling role as the "Macho Man" after WrestleMania VII as a broadcaster. Meanwhile the storyline with Miss Elizabeth continued, culminating with Savage proposing to her in the ring leading to an on-air wedding at SummerSlam 1991 dubbed The Match Made in Heaven. It was at this time that Savage was targeted by Jake "The Snake" Roberts, who was by now a villain. On an edition of Prime Time Wrestling prior to SummerSlam, the announcers and several wrestlers threw a "bachelor party" for Savage, with Roberts' arrival deemed unwelcome by the rest of the contingent.[49]
In the post-SummerSlam wedding reception, Roberts and his new ally, The Undertaker, made their presence known by hiding a live snake in one of the newly married couple's wedding presents; Elizabeth was frightened when she opened the gift box, and the Undertaker blindsided Savage by knocking him out with the urn. Sid Justice ran off both Roberts and The Undertaker. Savage, still unable to compete due to his WrestleMania VII loss to the Ultimate Warrior, immediately began a public campaign to have himself reinstated as an active wrestler to gain revenge on Roberts; however, WWF president Jack Tunney refused. Meanwhile, Roberts cut a series of promos berating Savage. The feud began to boil over during a television taping for WWF Superstars of Wrestling October 21 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when Roberts cut an in-ring promo to goad Savage – who was providing TV commentary – into the ring. After he was lured into the ring, Roberts attacked Savage, eventually tying Savage into the ropes before getting a live cobra to bite his arm.
Savage then urged fans to lobby Tunney to reinstate Savage, under the rallying cry "Reinstatement! That's the plan! Reinstate the Macho Man!" In response, Tunney reinstated Savage and announced a match between him and Roberts for the This Tuesday in Texas pay-per-view event. Savage won the match,[50] and the two continued to brawl afterward. The feud continued throughout the winter, ending after a match on the February 8, 1992 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, which Savage won;[51] Roberts had planned a backstage ambush of Savage and Elizabeth after losing the match, but was stopped by The Undertaker.

Feud with Ric Flair

Savage then began an onscreen feud with WWF Champion "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. According to the storyline, Flair claimed that he had slept with Savage's wife Miss Elizabeth, going as far as presenting pictures of Elizabeth in which Flair had himself superimposed. This culminated in a title match at WrestleMania VIII; Savage won the match and his second WWF Championship.[52][53][54]
During this time, Savage and Elizabeth separated in real life, and Elizabeth made her final WWF appearance on April 19, 1992, during an overseas tour of England. However, the Savage-Flair feud continued, keeping the Flair-Elizabeth television storyline intact until Elizabeth's final WWF appearance (a match between Savage and Shawn Michaels) aired on WWF Prime Time Wrestling in June. About this same time, WWF Magazine published photos of Savage and Elizabeth, which were identical to those featuring Elizabeth and Flair; it was revealed that Flair had doctored the Savage-Elizabeth pictures. The former couple were divorced on September 18, 1992.

Teaming with Ultimate Warrior

For the better part of 1992, Savage and his old nemesis Warrior (who returned to the WWF at Wrestlemania VIII), peacefully co-existed. However, when it was announced that Warrior was the new Number One Contender for Savage's WWF Championship, old tensions resurfaced and they had several heated exchanges prior to the match. Savage defended the title against Ultimate Warrior at SummerSlam 1992. Savage lost the match by countout, after having his knee injured by Flair and Mr. Perfect but retained the championship. After the match Warrior helped a badly injured Savage to the back.[55][56] On the September 14 episode of Prime Time Wrestling (taped September 1), Savage lost the WWF title to Flair after interference by Razor Ramon.[49]
He formed a tag team with The Ultimate Warrior known as the "Ultimate Maniacs" after both men were attacked by Flair and Mr. Perfect during their match at SummerSlam. After his title loss shortly after, an injured Savage backed Warrior to be the man to dethrone Flair. On the November 8, 1992 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, they took on Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Money. Inc. lost by countout but retained their title.[57] Savage and Warrior were scheduled to face Flair and Ramon in a tag team match at Survivor Series 1992. Warrior was fired from the WWF weeks before the event, so Savage chose Mr. Perfect, executive consultant to Flair, as his partner to replace Warrior. Perfect initially laughed off the suggestion, but was angered by Bobby Heenan and his insinuations that he could never again wrestle at his previous level, and accepted the match. Despite initial distrust (an interview prior to the match had Savage admit to Perfect that he neither liked nor trusted him), the duo defeated Flair and Ramon via a disqualification.[58]

Color commentator and departure (1993–1994)

When Monday Night Raw began in January 1993, Savage served primarily as a color commentator, wrestling only occasionally against characters such as Doink, The Repo Man, Rick Martel, and Crush. However, he was the runner up in the Royal Rumble match at Royal Rumble 1993, where he was eliminated by Yokozuna.[59][60] He returned to pay-per-view at Survivor Series 1993 as a substitute for Mr. Perfect and competed in the 1994 Royal Rumble match. His last WWF pay-per-view appearance as a competitor was a victory over Crush in a Falls Count Anywhere match at WrestleMania X.[61] Savage also made periodic appearances in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion in fall 1994. Meanwhile, Savage was also a color commentator for the 1994 King of the Ring and made his final WWF pay-per-view appearance at the 1994 SummerSlam, where he served as the master of ceremonies. At the end of October 1994, Savage's WWF contract expired and he abruptly left to sign with the competing World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Savage was given an on air farewell by Vince McMahon on the November 7, 1994 edition of Monday Night Raw.[62]

World Championship Wrestling (1994–2000)

Sporadic feuds (1994–1996)

Savage signed with WCW, and his first appearance was on the December 3, 1994 edition of WCW Saturday Night prior to Starrcade. Savage made reference to the love/hate relationship he had with Hulk Hogan, then the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Savage eventually saved Hogan from an attack by the 3 Faces of Fear, shaking hands with his friend and rival. His first WCW feud was against Avalanche. At SuperBrawl V, he teamed up with Sting and took on Avalanche and Big Bubba Rogers in a tag team match, which Sting and Savage won.[63] However, his encounter with Avalanche continued and ended at Uncensored, with Savage getting the win by disqualification after a fan, who happened to be Ric Flair dressed in drag, attacked Savage.[64] This led to Savage and Flair resuming their earlier feud.
He participated in the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship tournament and went on to defeat The Butcher in the first round[65] and "Stunning" Steve Austin in the quarterfinals.[65] He interfered in Flair's match against Alex Wright, attacking Flair and causing Wright to get disqualified, which set up a tournament semifinal match in which the winner would face the winner of the Sting and Meng match for the United States Championship at the June 1995 Great American Bash. Savage and Flair's tournament semifinal match never took place however, due to Savage and Flair brawling in the backstage area prior to the match and being eliminated from the tournament.[65] They were instead given their own match in the main event, which Flair won.[66] Savage defeated Flair in a later Lifeguard Lumberjack match at Bash at the Beach.[67] Later that year, during part of the storyline in which Arn Anderson and Ric Flair turned on each other, Flair (looking for a partner to take on Anderson and Brian Pillman in a tag match) tried to recruit Savage to be his partner. Remembering the rivalry (and how Flair had attacked Savage's father, Angelo Poffo, which was the catalyst for their feud back in May), Savage refused.
At World War 3, Savage won his first WCW World Heavyweight Championship by winning the first-ever 60-man three-ring battle royal.[68] He lost the title to Flair a month later at Starrcade 1995: World Cup of Wrestling; earlier that night, he defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan.[69] Savage won his second WCW World Heavyweight Championship back from Flair on the January 22, 1996 edition of Nitro[70] but lost the title back to Flair the next month in a steel cage match at SuperBrawl VI.[71]
In January 1996, Savage brought Elizabeth with him into WCW as his valet once again, but she turned on Savage in his last title loss to Flair. Thereafter, Flair claimed that Elizabeth had given him a sizable amount of Savage's money, taken in their divorce settlement, which Flair used to set up a "VIP section" at Monday Nitro events. Flair and Savage continued to feud until June 1996. At Bash at the Beach, the nWo was formed when Hulk Hogan turned on Savage, Sting, and Lex Luger and joined "The Outsiders", a tag team of former WWF wrestlers Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.[72] After their inception, one of their main enemies became Savage himself, who was one of the leaders of the WCW crusaders against the nWo before joining them a year later. At Halloween Havoc, Savage faced Hogan for the WCW title but lost when the Giant interfered and chokeslammed him.[73]

NWO member (1997–1998)

After months of abuse from the nWo, Savage joined them at SuperBrawl VII, when he helped Hogan defeat Roddy Piper in a rematch of their Starrcade match the previous year. He also reunited with Elizabeth, who had joined the nWo several months earlier. He began feuding with Diamond Dallas Page and DDP's wife Kimberly. Their feud lasted almost eight months which included tag team matches,[74][75][76] a no disqualification match at Spring Stampede,[77] a falls count anywhere match at The Great American Bash 1997: Savage/Page II,[78] and a Las Vegas Death match at Halloween Havoc.[79]
In early 1998, Savage started a feud with Lex Luger which culminated in a match at Souled Out, which Luger won.[80] Luger also won a rematch between the two at SuperBrawl VIII.[81] When Hogan failed to recapture his "nWo" Title from Sting, it was Savage's turn, and he got his shot at Spring Stampede. Hogan tried to make sure that Savage would not win the title because Hogan felt that he was the only nWo member who should be World Champion, since he was the leader of the stable. With the help of Nash, however, Savage beat Sting for his third WCW World Heavyweight Championship, despite tearing the ACL in his knee during the match.[82][83] The following night on Nitro, Hogan faced Savage for the championship. For a while it looked like Hogan had Savage beat,[84] but for the second consecutive night, Nash came to Savage's aid, powerbombing Hogan.[84] Savage tried to capitalize on this, but an interfering Bret Hart attacked Savage and preserved the victory for Hogan.[84] Savage then joined with Nash and others to form the nWo Wolfpac, a split from Hogan's group, which became known as nWo Black and Red (Wolfpac) and nWo Black and White (Hollywood).[85] Savage went on to feud with both Hart and Roddy Piper.[86][87]

Team Madness and departure (1998–2000)

After the June 15 edition of Nitro, Savage took a hiatus from the company to recover from at least two major knee surgeries. He made only one more appearance in 1998, helping Ric Flair defeat Eric Bischoff for the Presidency of WCW on the December 28, 1998 edition of Monday Nitro.[88] When Savage returned, he debuted a new look and theme music, sporting a slicked back ponytail, earrings, and a new villainous attitude, as well as introducing his then 22-year-old girlfriend Gorgeous George as his valet.[1] His first action was as the guest referee in the main event at Spring Stampede, which was won by Diamond Dallas Page.[1] For a short time afterward, Randy interfered in DDP's matches to make sure that Page kept his World Title, but when Kevin Nash won it at Slamboree, Savage went after the title himself.[4] It was around that time that Madusa and Miss Madness joined Macho Man as his other two valets; together they were known as Team Madness.[89]
At The Great American Bash, Sid Vicious returned to WCW and helped Macho Man attack Kevin Nash.[1] This led to a tag team match at Bash at the Beach between Nash and Sting against Savage and Sid Vicious, in which whoever scored the winning fall would win the WCW World Title. Savage won his fourth and final WCW World Heavyweight Championship when he pinned Nash.[90] Savage's last reign as champion did not last long. The next night on Nitro, he lost the title to a returning Hollywood Hogan, when Nash interfered and powerbombed Macho Man (in a reversal of the situation from the previous year, in which Nash had attacked Hogan to help Savage keep his title, albeit unsuccessfully).[91]
Team Madness slowly started to disband, after Madusa and Miss Madness began fighting each other over who was responsible for Savage's title loss.[4] Savage soon fired both of them and started a feud with Dennis Rodman, defeating him at Road Wild.[92] Savage made his final WCW appearance on Thunder on May 3, 2000, where he participated in the 41-man battle royal for a title shot at The Great American Bash.
Savage had a sardonic side to his personality, which was recalled by former WCW television commentator Mark Madden after Savage's death:
"Once, with WCW's entire roster on a charter plane experiencing EXTREME turbulence - a few girls were CRYING, a few guys were SHAKING - Randy broke the tension by saying, 'Just think of the rating the memorial show's gonna draw, boys - OOOH, YEAH!' "

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2004–2005)

In ring return, illness and departure (2004-2005)

Savage made his return to professional wrestling at TNA Wrestling's Victory Road by confronting Jeff Jarrett.[93] At Turning Point, he teamed up with Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles to defeat the Kings of Wrestling (Jarrett, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall), in his last in ring match.[94][95] The main event of Final Resolution in January 2005 was scheduled to be Jarrett and Savage for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[1] Savage's plan was to win the belt and then drop it back to Jarrett at the next pay-per-view. On February 18, 2005, Savage left from TNA had a health concerns.[1]

Other media


He was the celebrity spokesman for Slim Jim snack foods in the mid-to-late 1990s. His catch phrase in the ads was "Snap into a Slim Jim, oooooh yeah!" In 1998, Savage accepted an award from Harvard University's humor society Harvard Lampoon as Man of the Year.

Acting career

Savage was cast in the 2002 film Spider-Man as the wrestler Bonesaw McGraw, based on the comics character Crusher Hogan. He made an appearance as himself in the movie Ready to Rumble and played character Jim Davies in Velcro Revolver. He also provided the voice of "The Thug", an agent in Disney's 2008 animated film Bolt, his last film appearance.


On October 7, 2003, Savage released a rap album titled Be a Man. It includes a tribute to "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig as well as a diss track aimed at Hulk Hogan.[96] Savage promoted Be A Man with a concert tour featuring Brian Adams as his bodyguard and Ron Harris as touring manager. During this time, the development of a second album was already in progress with Savage exclaiming, "We are absolutely going to have more records."[97] However, no further albums were released.

Personal life

Miss Elizabeth Hulette, Savage's first wife.
Savage married Elizabeth Ann Hulette on December 30, 1984.[98] She later became his valet in the WWE. They separated in the summer of 1992; their divorce was finalized on September 18, 1992.[citation needed] On May 10, 2010, Savage married his long time girlfriend, Barbara Lynn Payne.[99]


On the morning of May 20, 2011, Savage died in a single vehicle automobile accident while driving on a street in Seminole, Florida, a town on the Pinellas County side of the Tampa Bay area.[100] It was suspected he may have had a heart attack, which led to his losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a tree. His wife Lynn was also in the automobile but received only minor injuries. The report was later confirmed by Savage's brother, Lanny Poffo.[6][101] An autopsy revealed no "extensive trauma" and was inconclusive in establishing a cause of death; histology and toxicology tests have been ordered.[102]
On May 30, Vince McMahon, with whom Savage had irreconcilable differences upon his departure from the WWF in 1994, paid tribute to Savage in a Time magazine article.[103]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

·         GPW International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[109]
·         PWI Comeback of the Year (1995)
·         PWI Feud of the Year (1997) vs. Diamond Dallas Page
·         PWI Match of the Year (1987) vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III
·         PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (1989)
·         PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (1988)
·         PWI Wrestler of the Year (1988)
·         PWI ranked him No.2 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1992[112]
·         PWI ranked him No.9 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003[113]
·         PWI ranked him No.57 of the Top 100 Tag Teams of the "PWI Years" with Hulk Hogan in 2003[114]
·         WCW World War 3 (1995)
·         King of Cable Tournament (1995)[116]
·         WWF Championship (2 times)[8]
·         King of the Ring (1987)[26]
·         Match of the Year (1987) vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III
·         Best Pro Wrestling DVD (2009) Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection



Animated series/films


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