According to Ric Flair, Randy Savage remained heartbroken for the rest of his life after his divorce from Miss Elizabeth.
Often cited as the template for a wrestling love story, Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth captured the hearts of wrestling fans in the 1980’s. Elizabeth often accompanied Savage to the ring and was seen as the epitome of class, wearing luxurious evening gowns and balancing out the frenetic personality of her husband who often displayed jealousy when other men expressed interest in her.
Elizabeth’s popularity led her to be central in the tag team and eventual breakup of the Mega Powers as Randy Savage believed Hulk Hogan was too interested in his wife, especially after Hogan carried her to the back after a storyline injury at ringside. Savage chose Sensational Sherri to replace Elizabeth as his manager in 1989, but at WrestleMania VII in 1990, Elizabeth reunited with her husband to save him from Sherri’s attack in one of the most iconic scenes in the company’s history.
The two were married on-screen in the main event of SummerSlam 1991, with Savage famously being bitten by a live snake that was a dastardly “gift” from Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts. However, despite the love displayed on television, the couple’s real life romance was tumultuous and they divorced in 1992 while Savage was embroiled in an on-screen feud with Ric Flair, who in storyline claimed to have had a relationship with Elizabeth in the past.
Speaking on the latest episode of To Be the Man (available early via AdFreeShows), Flair said that Savage was never the same after splitting up with his wife, and that he never recovered from the heartbreak despite being remarried later on.
“I don’t think Randy ever, ever, ever, until the day died, got over Liz. He had remarried obviously and I understand he was very happy prior to the car wreck and the heart attack and all that, but I don’t think while I knew Randy, and while we were in the business, he ever got over Liz. That’s a very fair take on my part because I worked with him before, during, and after.”
Continuing, Ric Flair said that Savage had such a great love for his ex-wife that it must have been difficult when she began a relationship with Lex Luger and he had to see the two of them together following Savage’s return to WCW.
“I just think he loved her so much. I really felt bad for him on a personal note when she came back to WCW. She married a lawyer for a while in Fort Lauderdale, and like so many of us that have been on the road, just got tired of that life. Then she showed up with Lex and I can’t imagine how hard that was for Randy to go to work every day. I mean, think about it, the love of your life and you gotta look at her every day with somebody else.”
Elizabeth tragically passed away at the age of 42 in 2003.