was an American professional wrestler and occasional color commentator best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He is considered to be one of the greatest pro wrestlers in history.
Savage won 20 championships during his 32-year career. He held six world championships between the WWF and WCW, having won the WWF Championship twice and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship four times. He also won the ICW World Heavyweight Championship three times and the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship once. Savage is a one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion; WWE (formerly WWF) has named him the greatest champion of all time and credited him for bringing “a higher level of credibility to the title through his amazing in-ring performances.” Savage was also the 1987 WWF King of the Ring and the 1995 WCW World War 3 winner. A major pay-per-view attraction in the 1980s and 1990s, he headlined WrestleManias IV, V and VIII, as well as four of the first five SummerSlam shows, the 1995 edition of WCW’s Starrcade, and many other events. At the peak of his popularity Savage held similar drawing power to that of Hulk Hogan.
For most of his tenures in the WWF and WCW, Savage was managed by his real life wife “Miss Elizabeth” Hulette. He was recognizable by wrestling fans for his distinctively deep and raspy voice, his ring attire, intensity exhibited in and out of the ring, using “Pomp and Circumstance” as his entrance music, and his signature catch phrase, “Oooh yeah!” Savage died of cardiac arrhythmia while driving with his second wife Barbara Lynn Payne, in Seminole, Florida on the morning of May 20, 2011. On January 12, 2015, he was announced as the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015.
- November, 15, 1952
- Columbus, Ohio
- May, 20, 2011
- Seminole, Florida
Cause of Death
- a sudden heart attack while driving
- Cremated, Ashes scattered