Today is a sad day for the wrestling world as we mourn the passing of Lanny Poffo, the brother of legendary WWE Hall of Famer “Macho Man” Randy Savage and known in WWE as The Genius. He was 68 years old.
The son of Angelo Poffo and younger brother of Randy Savage, Lanny Poffo had a style all his own. His career began in 1974 in the All-South Wrestling Alliance and he eventually made his way to the World Wrestling Federation (later known as WWE). He was known as “Leaping” Lanny Poffo and was one of the first high-flyers in WWE. While he achieved some success as a fan favorite reading his own poetry and throwing Frisbees to the crowd, he reached new heights as The Genius while managing Mr. Perfect.
Lanny Poffo had a number of feuds during his time in WWE, including having a Saturday Night’s Main Event XXIV match against Hulk Hogan. He was also a valet for Jay Lethal in 2018 during the wrestler’s championship match in Ring of Honor.
In 2015, Lanny Poffo returned to WWE to induct Savage into the Hall of Fame. His passing has been mourned by the wrestling world, including WWE, All Elite Wrestling, and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
Lanny Poffo was an incredible wrestler, manager, and entertainer. He will be remembered for his unique style, his talent, and his contribution to the wrestling world. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fans.