Lanny Poffo, better known to fans as Randy Savage’s brother and the man who portrayed “The Genius” for the WWE, was recently interviewed by CBS as part of coverage for a documentary that he has worked on. During the interview, he admitted his steroid use for a brief period of his career while feuding with Hulk Hogan. Here are the highlights from the interview:
On When He Used Steroids During His Career:
I didn’t smoke, drink or do drugs, but in 1989 I became ‘The Genius,’ and I had a chance to be main event with Hulk Hogan for four months. I defeated him on NBC. I mean, I went from the outhouse to the penthouse for four months and then eventually back to the outhouse again.
I am ashamed to tell you that I took steroids for that period of time. I got acne vulgaris and testicular atrophy. The acne cleared up and you’ll have to take my word on the other. But I only told people that because it’s the truth and because it was legal then, and I’m recommending that anybody reading this abstain from steroids. Because the good stuff about steroids is very temporary and the bad stuff is permanent. I think I got away with it because I didn’t do it much.
On Why He Used:
Nobody held a gun to my head, not Vince McMahon or anybody. But I was competing for a top spot, and I was finally getting an opportunity, and I was trying to earn it. So it was out of desperation and about being tired of being a jabroni. So I finally got to drink from the silver chalice of success, even though if I go to a shopping mall right now, you won’t find one person that remembers me. You know what I mean? Fame, if you win it, comes and goes in a minute.
On Whether Today’s Wrestlers Still Use Despite The Wellness Policy Being In Place:
There’s ways to mask the test, and the scientists keep getting better on both ends. Scientists get better to catch you and scientists get better to hide it. I don’t watch wrestling anymore, because in 36 years I’ll be 100. But from what I’ve seen, some of the wrestlers that look a little too muscular might be that way for a reason.
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