Former WWE star Lanny Poffo has handed away on the age of 68. The legendary wrestler was the youthful brother of one other legend, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. He was famously identified by his ring names ‘Leaping’ and ‘The Genius’.
The official reason for his loss of life has not been introduced but. Poffo entered the wrestling scene within the Seventies and took half in various promotions, together with Worldwide Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling, and Nationwide Wrestling Alliance, earlier than venturing into WWF in 1985. Learn on to know extra about his life and profession.
WWE Star Lanny Poffo Dies at 68
Professional wrestler and Corridor of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan introduced the information of Poffo’s demise with a tweet. He wrote, “With a really, very heavy coronary heart, I’ve been requested to let everybody know concerning the passing of our good friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius. RIP Lanny.”
Lanny made his wrestling debut in 1974 with All-South Wrestling Alliance. He misplaced to Wayne Cowan in his opening match. After a number of months with the promotion, he first moved to Nationwide Wrestling Alliance after which to Worldwide Championship Wrestling, owned by his father, Angelo Poffo. He additionally had a number of bouts with the Continental Wrestling Affiliation.
Poffo Joined the WWF in 1985
The wrestler made his WWF debut in July 1985. He spent seven years with the promotion and have become well-known for bringing frisbees to the ring with a poem concentrating on the heel written on them. He would throw the frisbees into the viewers after studying the poem.
Poffo left the WWF in 1992 and joined its rival promotion, World Championship Wrestling, in 1995. He had his last match for Survival Championship Wrestling in January 2020. The identical yr, he appeared on AEW Dynamite to pay homage to the legends of Memphis Wrestling.
The wrestler had his brother Randy Savage inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame in 2015. He was additionally a broadcast creator who wrote the anti-smoking e-book Limericks from the Coronary heart and Lungs! And the biographical comedian, The Genius of Lanny Poffo.
Tributes Pour in for the Wrestler
Poffo’s loss of life has despatched shockwaves throughout the wrestling trade, and lots of veterans and followers at the moment are expressing their grief on social media. Iranian professional wrestler The Iron Sheik tweeted, “LANNY POFFO MY BROTHER. I LOVE YOU FOREVER. GIVE NIKOLAI RANDY AND ELIZABETH HUG FOR ME.”
“Unhappy to listen to of Lanny Poffo’s passing. Lanny was a pleasure to have within the ROH locker room and on the broadcast desk in 2019. He was amazed by the athleticism & charisma of at present’s athletes & complimentary of at present’s product. We stored up through textual content over time – could he relaxation in peace,” wrote sports activities commentator Ian Riccaboni.
YouTuber Steve Shives additionally tweeted, “Saddened to listen to of the loss of life of Lanny Poffo, a.ok.a. The Genius to us ’80s/’90s WWF marks. He was normally talked about together with his brother, however he deserves to be celebrated in his personal proper as probably the most distinctive staff and talkers of his period.”
Our condolences to Lanny Poffo’s household and pals. Could his soul relaxation in peace!