Lanny Poffo : biography
On the November 25, 1989 edition of WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event, The Genius beat WWF Champion Hulk Hogan by countout due to Mr. Perfect hitting Hogan with the championship belt. Later in the show, Mr. Perfect and Poffo took a hammer to the belt, shattering it to pieces. Shortly after WrestleMania VI, Bobby Heenan became Mr. Perfect’s manager. Poffo then wrestled consistently until the fall of 1991 when he became the manager of the Beverly Brothers (Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom). He would leave the WWF shortly after Survivor Series 1992.
World Championship Wrestling (1995–1999)
Poffo signed a WCW contract in 1995, but he was rarely used.
In a later shoot interview, Poffo clarified the details of his WCW tenure. He explained that he was contacted by his brother (Randy Savage) with the guarantee of a WCW contract. Savage, who had recently purchased the Gorgeous George gimmick, offered the character to Poffo, feeling that his brother would generate some great heat with the character. Poffo signed the contract and then began a strict training regimen (as well as bleaching his hair blonde) in preparation for his return to the ring.
However, as Poffo recalls, the phone simply never rang. Despite being under contract, he was never contacted with any bookings. Poffo’s own calls to the office went unreturned, and he was simply never used by WCW. Ultimately Savage gave the Gorgeous George moniker to his then-girlfriend and valet Stephanie Bellars.
Lanny the youngest son of former professional wrestler Angelo Poffo (1925–2010) and Judy Poffo. He is the brother of professional wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage (1952–2011), and the former brother-in-law of Miss Elizabeth (Elizabeth Ann Hulette: 1960–2003). Lanny has a daughter named Magen Poffo (born 1984) with his ex-wife.
Life after wrestling
Outside of wrestling, Poffo has released two books. One is a collection of poemshttp://www.blankmaninc.com/the-genius-leaping-lanny-poffo-interview Lanny writes a poem for an interview with Blankman Inc and limericks, most of which were related to drug and alcohol awareness, directed toward young children. Poffo is a staunch anti-smoker and has released a book of limericks entitled Limericks from the Heart and Lungs!. He is also a certified credit counselor. He was last seen on television in infomercials as an endorser of Tony Little’s Gazelle Freestyle exercise machine. Lanny Poffo was a part of Wrestle Reunion in Tampa, Florida on January 28–30, 2005. Poffo defeated "The Royal Stud" Adam Windsor at that event. He also wrestled in Canada as part of the Supershow in Pembroke and Hawkesbury Ontario.
Poffo remains on good terms with WWE, having written a poem for WWE.com in 2007 for the "Battle of the Billionaires" at WrestleMania 23 between Vince McMahon and Donald Trump.
Poffo recently completed a tour of the East Coast of Canada with UCW. He wrestled in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
Since the Atlantic Canadian tour, Poffo has wrestled in Poland and Orlando, Florida as well as a show in England.
He now tours the world as an independent wrestler and motivational speaker and has written two books.
In March of 2013, Poffo played a K9 police officer in the Discovery Investigation network’s "I (Almost) Got Away With It". The episode is set to air later in 2013.
Championships and accomplishments
- Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling
- AGPW International Heavyweight Championship (1 time) At wrestling-titles.com
- Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling
- NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Randy Savage At wrestling-titles.com
- Great North Wrestling
- GNW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- International Championship Wrestling
- ICW Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (1 time) At wrestling-titles.com
- ICW United States Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with George Weingeroff (3) and Mike Doggendorf (1)1 At wrestling-titles.com
- ICW World Heavyweight Championship (4 times) At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Detroit
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (Detroit version) (2 times) – with Angelo Poffo (1) and Chris Colt (1) At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Mid-America
- NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship (1 time) At wrestling-titles.com
- NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bobby Eaton At wrestling-titles.com
- Pro Wrestling Lachine
- PWL International Champion
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 350 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 1993.
1The ICW United States Tag Team Championship is referred to as the ICW World Tag Team Championship in some publications.