Lanny Poffo, the brother of the late Macho Man Randy Savage has discussed the controversial decision he made when he allowed his brother to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame.
Randy Savage was a multiple-time WWF and WCW Champion during his illustrious career that would surely see him inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame. However, an induction wasn’t forthcoming before Savage tragically passed away in 2011 at the age of 58. Seemingly Savage was reluctant to enter the Hall Of Fame without his brother and father, former wrestler turned promoter Angelo Poffo going in alongside him.
Speaking exclusively to Keith Elliot Greenberg for issue 8 of Inside The Ropes magazine, Lanny Poffo discussed his brother’s decision and the induction that made Macho Man adamant he wanted his induction to be a family affair:
“Without going into a long, boring dissertation, Randy didn’t want to go into the Hall of Fame unless our father [regional wrestling star and promoter, Angelo Poffo] and I were inducted with him. He was mad that the entire Von Erich family had been inducted, but WWE only wanted to induct him. Now, of the Von Erichs, Fritz, David, Kerry and Kevin all belong in the Hall of Fame. The other two, Mike and Chris, weren’t at the same level. And Randy would get mad and say, ‘Even Lanny was better than Chris.’ That’s not really a compliment—’even Lanny.'”
According to Poffo when he accepted an induction on his brother’s behalf in 2015, his mother was not best pleased but Lanny Poffo believes the many fans of Randy Savage deserved their chance to celebrate the Macho Man:
“My mother was still alive, and she was really mad that I wasn’t honouring Randy’s wishes when WWE wanted to induct him. But I told her, “Mom, I used to be the youngest in the family, and I didn’t always get my wishes. In fact, I seldom got my wishes. And I’m now older than Randy was when he died. And my feeling is the Macho fan is bigger than the Macho Man. And the Macho fan wants to see Randy in the Hall of Fame.”