Lanny Poffo, a former professional wrestler for the WWF, passed away on Thursday at the age of 68. News of his passing was announced via WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, who wrote on Instagram: “Heaviest of hearts, I have been asked to notify everyone of the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius.” “
Poffo, the brother of former WWF Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage, made his pro wrestling debut in 1974 after being trained by his father Angelo. He would go on to work for various promotions such as the National Wrestling Alliance, Mid-South Wrestling, and the Continental Wrestling Association before debuting for the World Wrestling Federation in 1985. He would have an initial seven-year run with the company, first as “Leaping” Lanny Poffo and later as “The Genius.” He would never win a championship in the promotion, but did challenge Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1989 on an episode of Saturday night main Event. He would briefly return to the WWF in 1994 before working for WCW from 1995-99. He would compete in his last game in January 2020.
It is with a very, very heavy heart that I have been asked to inform everyone of the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius.
RIP Lannie pic.twitter.com/4ve4J2HSHT
— Hacksaw Jim Duggan (@RealHacksawJim) February 2, 2023
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