Hulk Hogan, the legendary figure in the world of professional wrestling, opened up about his cherished friendship with another wrestling icon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, in a recent podcast interview with Theo Von. The insights Hogan shared revealed the depths of their bond and the fascinating history they shared.
The Hulkster and the Macho Man, whose real names are Terry Bollea and Randy Poffo, respectively, were not just wrestling colleagues but close friends. Hogan, in the podcast, fondly recalled the days when they spent almost every day together. “Out of my guys that were here all the time, I really miss Randy, The Macho Man,” Hogan shared. “We were together every single day, and it’s kind of like I miss him a lot.”
Their friendship was so tight that it transcended professional wrestling. Hogan revealed a surprising detail that illustrated the depth of their relationship. He disclosed that Randy Savage used to babysit Hogan’s children, highlighting the trust and camaraderie that existed between the two wrestling legends.
However, their friendship was not without its share of challenges, notably stemming from Randy Savage’s marriage to Elizabeth Ann Hulette, known to wrestling fans as Miss Elizabeth. The couple had been friends with Hogan and his wife, Linda. Still, as the early ’90s unfolded, their relationship took a tumultuous turn, eventually leading to their divorce.
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Randy Savage, at the time, believed that Hogan and his wife Linda played a part in planting ideas of discontent in Miss Elizabeth’s mind. He was quoted as saying that Hogan and Linda had suggested to her that she was missing out on an adventurous life.
Addressing these allegations, Hogan explained his perspective.
“[Savage] said that I was the one who started it, that I was the one who got him divorced. He blamed it all on me,” Hogan stated. “I was just trying to be cool. I was just inviting her down to hang out with Linda and the kids. I didn’t know she was going to run wild on him. After that, he snapped, you know? There was no fixing it.”
The history of their relationship took an unexpected turn when Randy’s brother, Lanny Poffo, claimed that Hogan and Randy had reconciled before the Macho Man’s untimely death in 2011. Lanny Poffo revealed that in the final months of his life, Randy went about making amends with everyone he had issues with, including Hogan. It offered a poignant and heartwarming conclusion to a story of friendship that had seen its fair share of highs and lows.
In a world where professional wrestling often focuses on rivalries and drama, the story of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage’s friendship offers a poignant reminder of the genuine connections and human stories that exist beyond the ring.