Lanny Poffo Speaks On Who Randy Savage Wanted To Pass The Torch To, His Beef With Pat Patterson...
Updated: Aug 14
In a recent episode of the 'The Genius Cast', former WWE Star Lanny Poffo spoke on a number of interesting topics, notably his beef with WWE Executive Pat Patterson and who Randy Savage wanted to pass the torch to and that person, was WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.
"I remember he called me up at 2 in the morning… and he said, 'can you find some breakaway champagne bottles?' So I said 'yeah, I can do that'. His plan was to toast to Shawn Michaels' career, he would pour a drink, they would toast and then they would drink. Then Randy would smash the bottle over Shawn Michaels' head, starting a two-year feud ending in WrestleMania, where Shawn Michaels loses his hair if he loses, and Randy returns to the announcing table if he loses.
"So what happened? Pat Patterson says, 'well Randy, we're having a youth movement and the best thing you can do is to stay on the microphone.'"
Poffo has been beefing with Patterson since the 1980s, when Poffo and Savage wanted their Father Angelo, to be a part of a legends Battle Royal in 1987, but Patterson apparently shot down the idea.
"I told Sean Mooney that I saw Pat Patterson in 2015 [at the Hall of Fame]," said Poffo. "He said, 'I am sorry about the Battle Royal. I didn't mean to do it. It was an oversight.' ...What I noticed about it was that three men were in it that didn't belong in that ring: Nick Bockwinkel, Tony Garea, and Rene Goulet. The reason why these three men didn't belong in the ring was they were road agents, and they had recently participated in this sport. They were still active, and Nick Bockwinkel still looked like a world champion. Everybody else that was in the ring looked like they had their walkers.
"Anyway, what I told Sean Mooney, and I really need to apologize for this, I said that the purpose I went to San Jose was 1) to induct my brother into the WWE Hall of Fame, 2) do my speech and 3) was to go home. I wasn't there to get in a fight with Pat Patterson, so I just let him talk and I looked at him, and I watched him lie. Then he started to change the topic and giving me advice. I thought to myself, look, he still smells like an ashtray. He is 11 months pregnant and never going to deliver, and why should I waste my time talking to him? He is going to be dead soon, and then I said, not soon enough. It didn't feel wrong when I said it, but a few weeks later when I played it back I was so embarrassed because I was thinking to myself that I didn't want to live holding grudges."
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