Hayward, February 2, 2023 - Lanny Poffo, best known to sports-entertainment fans as The Genius, passed away at 68 years of age.
Check out the full statement from WWE:
WWE is saddened to learn that Lanny Poffo, best known to sports-entertainment fans as The Genius, passed away at 68 years of age.
The son of Angelo Poffo and younger brother of WWE Hall of Famer “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Lanny Poffo had a style all his own. Arriving in WWE in 1985 alongside his brother, “Leaping” Lanny Poffo 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.
WWE extends its condolences to Poffo’s family, friends and fans.
Poffo began his wrestling career in the 1970s, wrestling in various territories across North America. He first gained national exposure as a wrestler in the 1980s when he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), where he performed under the ring names "Leaping" Lanny Poffo and "The Genius".
In the WWF, Poffo was known for his high-flying moves, which he performed under the ring name "Leaping" Lanny Poffo. He was also known for his elaborate poetry recitations during his matches, which he performed under the ring name "The Genius". Poffo was known for his intelligence and his technical wrestling skills, and he was a popular wrestler among fans. He also had several memorable feuds with other wrestlers during his time in the WWF, including Rick Martel and Mr. Perfect.
Poffo left the WWF in 1992 and joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he continued to perform under the ring name "The Genius". He had several memorable feuds in WCW, including one with Ravishing Rick Rude, and he was a popular wrestler among fans. Poffo retired from professional wrestling in 1994 and has since worked as a motivational speaker, author, and personal trainer. He is widely regarded as one of the best high-flying wrestlers of his era and is remembered by fans as one of the most entertaining and charismatic performers of his time.
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