Lanny Poffo Discusses The Passing Of Randy Savage

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Lanny Poffo appeared on Hillbilly Jim's satellite radio show to discuss his brother Randy Savage's passing. Thanks to Jeff Sheridan for the following recap:

Hillbilly Jim welcomes back the fans on this edition of the show to where he again says it's his Memorial Day weekend show, says he's celebrating all the heroes that's served America well & says anyone that's served in the military he loves & appreciates them. He again says he's dedicating the show to Savage who was 1 of the best wrestling technicians, says on the phone is someone who's also his friend that both go back a long way is Randy's brother, Lanny Poffo: & thanks Lanny for coming on the show during this rough time to where he says he appreciates him. Lanny says he appreciates him inviting him because he knew that Hillbilly loved Randy & says Randy loved Hillbilly too.

Hillbilly says all 3 had a bond together to where they knew each other for a long time, says that their dad Angelo Poffo was someone that he had much respect for as he did for anyone else in the business & says he was a fine, stand up human. He says Lanny's mom [Judy] is a wonderful lady, says that he & Lanny took lots of trips together & had lots of laughs together & hopes to have more. He says this [Randy's death] is something that hit us out of the clear blue sky, says he can't believe it & says he's had Lanny on his mind ever since. He says he had to put him on the show & again says he appreciates him for being gracious enough to be on.

Hillbilly asks Lanny to tell the fans on what he's feeling now, Lanny says that he feels that they're on the start of something very positive & says this past Monday the viewing of Randy took place. He says nothing could've gotten worse then that, says to see his mom & to be there for her was for her to see the shock of seeing her 1st born son laid out like that & says that was horrible. He says he stayed with his mom during that time because she needed him, says that his family needed each other & says there ain't no self made man in this world. He says people like that are those with false pride & modesty & says we all need someone to lean on.

Lanny says his mom's 84 & wished that she would've died before Randy, but said that nobody had to view to what she had to see that was laid out before her. He says after viewing Randy's body they returned to view again, then the family took a rest & then returned to say goodbye to Randy. He says it was a beautiful private ceremony, says that he feels that it created some great closure & says Randy's widow, Lynn, called him who told Lanny that Randy didn't want to be put in an urn [after being cremated]. He says Randy made his wishes known, says that he called his mom to tell her that Lynn told him that the family needs to be there now because Randy's ashes needed to be sprinkled immediately.

Lanny again says that Randy didn't want to be in an urn, then says his mom wasn't ready to do that yet & when he asked her as to when she'll be ready, her response was 10 minutes. He says he called Lynn to tell her that he's on the way to her home soon, says that the family went to spread the ashes immediately & says his mom who's been a recluse was with Randy's stepdaughters, Lynn who he was married for 1 year & 10 days, Lynn's sisters & says all had the nicest time in honor of Randy to where it was beautiful. Hillbilly says that's what Randy would've wanted & says that if there ever was a free spirit that was on Earth it was indeed Randy.

Hillbilly says that's how he remembers Randy, says that Randy was all about happy & positive energy & says Randy was a delight every time he saw him. He says they've had lots of stories that they've shared throughout the years, says they'll be having more happy stories about him & Lanny agrees. Lanny again says the ashes were spread, says that Randy wouldn't want anyone to mope around because life's too precious to waste a single moment of negativity. He says that before Randy died & feels he knew this, because Randy knew that his body was breaking down & says he was prematurely aging to where his joints were miserable.

Lanny says Randy hurt his neck in the movie "Spider-Man" [as Bonesaw McGraw]: , says he hurt his knees in WCW & also hurt his back. He says you can't beat gravity because it wins, Hillbilly says that'll get you every time & Lanny says that Randy made peace with Hulk Hogan, WWE & others that weren't on his good list. He told Hillbilly that he was never not on his good list, Hillbilly says he knew that & tells Lanny he appreciates him. He says that Lanny that he's 1 of the greatest ring workers who came from a great family such as Angelo & Randy, then tells Lanny to hold on while he plays some tunes during the break.

23.Plays Tom T. Hall's "A Hero In Harlan", Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys' "Kentucky Waltz", Terry Funk's Hillbilly Jim promo, Flynnville Train's "Alright", Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow's "Picture".

24.Hillbilly says welcome back to the show, again introduces himself & again says he's got Lanny on the phone. He says he can't say on how much this is doing for him & hopes that it'll help Lanny by being on the show. He says he's got great memories of Lanny & his family, Lanny says he feels the same & knows that the show's in beautiful taste because he knows that Randy's listening. Hillbilly says he's got great memories of Randy, says that we live a life to where we keep moving forward & to take a person like Randy to make us stop, reflect & think about the good times they had. He again says he's had great memories of Lanny, Randy & Elizabeth.

Hillbilly says what times they were to where they were magical, says that they were those guys that were so lucky to be woven into the fabric of America & says it's because they came there at the right time when WWF was hoping. He says Lanny was with him then & said they had a good ride, Lanny says it's been a blessing for him & says he don't regret a minute of it. Hillbilly says that sat in many places & talked in restaurants in places like Newfoundland about both of them wouldn't have a reason or afford to be in these places. He says they can go worldwide, performed in front of millions, says that people liked them & asks as to how much better could it have gotten.

Lanny says he always knew that if anyone remembers his name it's because of Angelo & Randy & says that was his blessing. Hillbilly says Lanny's very kind, says that he could do things in the ring that most people couldn't think about & says with his flexibility he could stand on his won. He says that's tough shoes, says that Lanny's the best guy that he's met who can handle that shadow as good as anyone & says he held his head up with distinction. He says it proves the merit of the man that Lanny is, calls Lanny his lifetime buddy & says Lanny knows it. Lanny thanks him, agrees that they're friends forever & says 1 time he shared a room with David Sammartino: .

Lanny says it's when David told him that his father [Bruno Sammartino]: ruined his career & Randy's ruining Lanny's career. So Lanny's response was that he called David "stupid", then said that he told David that if his dad wasn't Bruno Sammartino & if his brother wasn't Randy, both he & David couldn't get a job carrying the jackets back from the ring to the dressing room & told David, "shame on you". Hillbilly says that Lanny's attitude was always the 1 thing that's always been unwavering, says that Lanny always had positivity in everything he ever said & says it's why he & Lanny get along famously.

Hillbilly says both had great laughs forever, then asks Lanny if there's an organization that Randy would've want fans to send donations to. Lanny mentions All Childrens Hospital: & George Steinbrenner Fund For Underprivileged

Children & says Randy worked with them for 13 years. He says when his dad died 3/4/2010 Randy went into a deep depression to where he asked Lanny to come to his home that was about 5 miles away. He says both talked to where Randy told him that 1 of the biggest regrets in his life was when he took Stephanie Bellars [Randy's ex-girlfriend]: & gave her the Gorgeous George name.

Lanny says the original Gorgeous George Wagner: who was TV's 1st wrestling star was the Hulk Hogan of his day. He says Randy felt that he trashed George's name by giving the name to anyone but Wagner & especially to gender bending girls. He says George was 10 years older then Angelo & when Angelo was just starting out, George encouraged him by helping him a lot. He says lots of stars won't do that for jabronies, says that Angelo was a star because of George & then plays what he says is the last soundbyte of Randy did. He says the quality may sound poor but hopes it's still good enough.

As Lanny plays it the quality wasn't great but from what I tried to hear, it sounded like a Gorgeous George promo of sorts. Lanny plugs to where it takes you to , then says 1 day before he died Randy was online & had everything ready for He says Randy invited him for a toast by thanking him for all of his hard work on the project, says that Randy's "type A" personality drove everyone crazy & says he was at Randy's house for 2 hours. He says both he & Randy laughed & shared lots of fun, then responds to those who wondered if he did a poem at Randy's funeral.

Lanny says he did 1 for Randy's wedding & at Angelo's funeral, then says at Randy's funeral he took a post-it note & wrote a message which was an answer to a 40 year joke that they shared, to where he says he got the last word. He then impersonates Randy by saying "Now's the time to bear down, it's not the time to take a vacation, now's the time to bear down" & says that was a joke to where they'd always have a laugh about. He says on the post-it note he wrote: "Now's the time not to bear down, Love Lanny". Hillbilly says we've been blessed during the past 2 breaks to have Lanny on the show & again tells him that he appreciates him.

Hillbilly says he'll be playing some songs now & asks if he wants to hear a Hank Williams song ["Tuesday's Gone"] , Lanny says he'd like to hear Hank Williams Jr. but that's just him & says he'll do that now. He tells Lanny he'll talk to him soon, sends all his best to his mom & says long live the memory of Randy "Macho Man" Savage.

25.Plays Hank Williams Jr.'s "Tuesday's Gone", Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man", a "Mean" Gene Okerlund promo with Savage who talks about Steamboat & George Steele for Wrestlemania 3 & Waylon Jennings' "Lonesome, On'ry & Mean".

26.Hillbilly says a million salutations to Lanny Poffo who lost his brother Randy & for Lanny to have the "cahunas" to come on the show & openly talk like he did, showed the merit of a man. He again says he appreciates Lanny for doing so, again says he's dedicating the show to the memorial weekend fans that was in the service & to anyone that's ever defended America & says his hats off to them. He again says he's dedicating the show to Randy, says there's 1 more hour of your show & tells fans not to go anywhere. He says it's time to have a song ["Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man"] for the working man & says this guy [Travis Tritt] can do it like nobody's business.

27.Plays Travis Tritt's "Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man", The Marshall Tucker Band's "Mr. President", Johnny Cash's "Cocaine Blues" & Social Distortion's "Ring Of Fire".

28.Hillbilly tells fans to return to the show, says the 4th hour's kicking off & asks if you're listening in Palmer, Alaska or Vern, Florida or Battlecreek, Michigan or Griffin, Georgia, he appreciates & thanks them for hanging in with him. He says he's got a wonderful 4th hour for you with lots of things to talk about, says he'll keep it going by keeping the celebration alive & well & says he sees something that'll kick it off. He says Willie Nelson's got a tour called "Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown": , says the tour's kicking off this weekend that'll run thru 7/4. He says Willie covered a great southern Allman Brothers classic that was written by Gregg Allman with "Midnight Rider".

29.Plays Willie Nelson's "Midnight Rider", Jamey Johnson's "Macon" & Jerry Reed's "East Bound & Down".

30.Hillbilly tells Spike that something came from the "Cornfield County Newsdesk" that he thought would be important to him. He says there's a story about an ostrich at the London zoo, then describes it as a long neck chicken to Spike & says the ostrich had an odd habit of eating strange things. He mentions them such as an alarm clock, handkerchief, pencil, glove, roll of film, a roll of pennies & a 3 foot long piece of rope. He says that made him think of the ostrich an equal to Spike because Spike can almost eat anything. He says that Spike can drink battery acid which won't think would hurt him, says it can give him indigestion but it'll keep him ticking.

Hillbilly asks as to what will he do with these hillbilly boys in the country, tells Billy Joe Shaver to come & tell him about it & says it's occurring nationwide. He again says it's Memorial Day weekend.

31.Plays Billy Joe Shaver's "Good Ol' USA", Dave Alvin's "King Of California", Jerry Jeff Walker's Hillbilly Jim promo & Jerry Jeff Walker's "Alright Guy".

32.Hillbilly again plugs the toll free request line, asks Spike if he's ready for his "[Spike's] Education Corner" segment, then says that Spike's response to that was that since it's the Memorial Day weekend he'll be getting off the hook & tells him to write some stuff down, because he's trying to educate him. He asks Spike as to what red vegetable's a member of the mustard family & got it's name from the Greek word that means "fast appearing". He says Spike should know it because he's eaten beans, tators, cornbread & says it's a radish. He asks Spike as to what Tammy Wynette's famous for, says her most famous song was "Stand By Your Man", says Tammy was married 5 times & stood by 5 of them.

Hillbilly says that presidents are usually smart & well educated, says that there's been 8 presidents that has never been to college & says they're [George] Washington, [Andrew] Jackson, [Martin] Van Buren, [Zachary] Taylor, [Millard] Fillmore, [Abraham] Lincoln, A. [Andrew] Johnson & [Grover] Cleveland. He says we think that we've got poverty in America, says we do & says we don't know as to how good it is. He says the average poor person in the sub part of Africa has an estimated yearly income of $255 USD & tells Spike not to scream at him when he pays him $10 to strip some "tobacca".

33.Plays Jimbo Mathus' "Jimmy The Kid", North Mississippi Allstars' "Jumpercable Blues", Southern Culture On The Skids' "40 Miles To Vegas" & NRBQ's "C'Mon Everybody".

34.Hillbilly says he's sliding down at the Memorial Day weekend show, again introduces himself & Spike who're in Mud Lick & again says the show's dedicated to the servicemen & ladies worldwide & to Savage. He thanks Lanny Poffo for coming on the show, says that not to many people knew this but Randy held 20 championships in his career & mentions that he was a 10 time world champ, 2 time WWF champ, 4 time WCW champ, 3 time ICW champ, 1 time USWA unified champ & the WWF IC champ. He says WWE recently announced that Randy was the greatest champ of all time & credited him for bringing a higher level of credibility to the title with his amazing in ring performance.

Hillbilly says he'll play a tune ["America The Beautiful"] that for his part could replace the National Anthem, says that's how good the song is & says to sit back & reflect on all the wonderful things that we've got in this country.

35.Plays Ray Charles' "America The Beautiful", a clip of Savage on some TV show talking about being the Macho Man & his WWF belt, Marty Stuart's "Now That's Country", Red Foley & Ernest Tubb's "Hillbilly Fever".

36.Hillbilly says that the clock on the wall that's in the makeshift studio that's in the barn's telling him that he's gotta go. He says he & Spike have to do some grilling, says he's gotta get a big ol' Polish sausage sandwich with some heeping pound of mustard on it, some relish, maybe some pickles & some tator salad with some sweet tea. He says Memorial Day weekend's been fine for him, says he's had a great show & says he's been so honored today to do a Memorial Day weekend show for y'all. He hopes you've enjoyed it along the way by putting up with him, thanks Savage, Lanny Poffo & says he'll return next week at the same time doing it again for y'all.

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