The reaction was immediate after Hacksaw Jim Duggan broke the news that Lanny Poffo was dead at the age of 68. There were countless photos of people with Poffo, or stories of his kindness, or of his poems. He was a friend to many.
There are posts from legends in the wrestling business and people you likely have never heard of until now.
Barry Horowitz, wrestler, Facebook: I would like to pay my respects to the passing of Lanny Poffo. We had worked together many years. He came from a great wrestling family. Many of you know his brother Macho Man Randy Savage. Both took the business very serious and will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Barry Horowitz
Evan Ginzburg, filmmaker, writer, Facebook: I am just devastated to hear the news from reliable sources that my dear friend Lanny Poffo has suddenly passed away. He stayed with me many times at my place, and I booked him a bunch of times, and we were in touch just last week. We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs, and I have nothing but respect for the man’s character, intelligence, eclectic tastes and accomplishments. I am really at a loss for words right now but when I get my head on straight again I’ll do some kind of tribute to yet another lost friend.
RIP Lanny Poffo. Godspeed my friend. pic.twitter.com/2w0enx0srC
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) February 2, 2023
Frankie Kazarian, Twitter: This one hits me a little different because Lanny Poffo was the first wrestler I ever met… I was a young boy probably like 9 or 10… and I’ve told this story and I told it to him, and we shared a laugh and a little bit of tears over it because he was really moved that I remembered it. I saw him at the LA Sports Arena. I got to the building late, he was there, and me and my buddy ran up to him and we were just tugging on his jacket because, ‘wow, This was a wrestler’, I’d only seen wrestlers on TV, and they were real people. He couldn’t have been kinder and as I got to know him and became pals with him later in my career, he remained that same gentleman, always looked forward to seeing Lanny, just a wonderful wonderful gentleman.
Keith Elliot Greenberg, author, Facebook: Spanish wrestling announcer Miguel Alonso used to call Lanny Poffo “El Genio,” and he was The Genius in many ways, one of my authentic wrestling friends. Took me to his home to meet his mother, called me to rehearse his Hall of Fame speech when he inducted his brother Randy Savage. He was in New York last week and wanted to hang out, but I was in San Antonio for the Royal Rumble. Last night, I texted to see if he was still around. When he didn’t answer, I assumed he was traveling home. And now, he’s gone.
LANNY POFFO MY BROTHER. I LOVE YOU FOREVER. GIVE NIKOLAI RANDY AND ELIZABETH HUG FOR ME
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 2, 2023
Tommy Fierro, promoter, Facebook: Terribly sad to hear about the passing of Lanny Poffo. He was the very first wrestler I met as a child. As many know, he was scheduled to be a BIG part of this year’s 80’s Wrestling Con, as he was going to accept the 80’s Wrestling Lifetime Achievement Award for his late brother, Randy Savage. Lanny was super excited about this and thanked me multiple times for doing this. I just had him at my store and ISPW last year as well. Such a wonderful person. So terribly sorry to all of his family, friends, and fans. RIP Lanny
Virgil, Twitter: Lanny Poffo. The genius. Man. I am so sorry brother. Love you and Randy more than you ever will know. RIP
Ricky Morton, Twitter: Rest in paradise, Lanny Poffo. So many great memories. We lost a genius today.
The wrestling world mourns.
Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie, Twitter: Awww man. What a great guy! I had the pleasure of doing a movie with Lanny called “Curse Of The Wolf” and he was such a pleasure to be around. Rest In Peace Lanny Poffo!!
Eric Bischoff, Twitter: Very sad to hear of Lanny’s passing. The last time we were together I thoroughly enjoyed several hours of great conversation. Lanny was a very interesting and intelligent man, and his love and loyalty to his family was so much a part of who he was. RIP Lanny.
Joe E Legend, Facebook: Absolutely shocked and saddened to read that Lanny Poffo has passed away. One of the nicest and most genuine people in the business. The night before I went in for my first hip replacement surgery, he phoned me from his home in Equator to wish me well and a speedy recovery. For all of the people I’ve tried to help in this job, Lanny was the ONLY one who called and I’ll never forget him for that simple act of kindness. Though mostly overshined by the phenomenal career of his brother (and I count myself among the biggest “macho marks” ever), I count Lanny up there as a privilege to have known in this job and to call my friend. I wish I had a fitting poem in tribute to him and his memory, but I wouldn’t step on his gimmick. Thank you so much for your friendship, Lanny. Rest well, you’ve earned it.
RIP to THE GENIUS, LANNY POFFO. A genuine good soul.
Ben Ali Khediri Sassi, Facebook: A great Jewish wrestler died today. He had sent me, the Muslim, a message of support when I had opened a wrestling school on Rosny-sous-Bois, via our mutual friend Joe E Hitchen Legend. He joins his brother the Macho Man Randy Savage aka Randy Poffo he was known as Genius Lanny Poffo may he rest in peace and I thank him for all the emotions he gave me growing up I hated him because he represented the school and today I’m emotional remembering him and what he’s leaving.
Sad to hear of Lanny Poffo's passing. Lanny was a joy to have in the ROH locker room and at the broadcast table in 2019. He was amazed by the athleticism & charisma of today's athletes & complimentary of today's product.
We kept up via text over the years – may he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/LoYmXkDE7x
— Ian Riccaboni (@IanRiccaboni) February 2, 2023
From CWE manager and competitor ‘The Mastermind’ Kevin Cannon: I picked Lanny up from the airport when he came in to tour with CWE for the weekend. We waited by the carousel for his luggage to arrive, but after the last bag from his flight had been picked up, we realized that his was lost. We had to go to the customer service rep, have them track it down, and get told it was in Toronto and would arrive tomorrow. To top it all off, Winnipeg was in the middle of a brutal heatwave. But despite all that not only did Lanny keep in good spirits, he was laughing and joking – even singing – with myself and the customer service attendant. This man didn’t have a negative bone in his body! He kept the same demeanor throughout the tour including the final night on Canada Day on the military base in Shilo – a night where I had the honor of facing him in a tag team match. His spirits were the same, giving the boys in the locker room laugh after laugh with his tales of his career throughout the decades and some of the things he experienced. Harley Race had passed away that weekend and he spoke of how legitimately tough The King was, and about a time that someone spiked his drink as a prank. “I knew who did it, but I was afraid to speak up not only because of what Harley would do to them, but because of the fact that Harley would’ve ended up in jail because of it too.” It was definitely a memorable weekend for all of us and it was great keeping in touch with him over the last few years and seeing him enjoy his retirement as much as he did. He was definitely one of the good ones.
RIP Lanny Poffo. Here's the time he came over to the UK for a booking and decided to film music video about how much better he is than Shakespeare. pic.twitter.com/UQ0CKKJHxM
— IANdrew Dice Clay (@IANdrewTheGiant) February 2, 2023
Chris Levionnois, Ontario promoter: This one hurts. Not many people knew this but Lanny would always volunteer when he could at Niagara Falls Comic Con. We crossed paths many times. The last time I saw him he asked me to take a selfie with Barbara Eden for him but he was too shy to ask her. Moments later he would get the phone call about his mom passing and we never got the picture ( earned later he was able to get one finally). He was always so nice to me and I will miss our conversations greatly …