Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hailed Savage as one of his childhood inspirations and heroes, while Mick “Cactus Jack” Foley called Savage “one of my favorite performers.”
Hogan said he and Savage had just started talking again after 10 years.
“He had so much life in his eyes and in his spirit, I just pray that he’s happy and in a better place and we miss him,” Hogan wrote.
While so many personalities who left the WWF for WCW like Hogan, Roddy Piper and Mean Gene Okerlund were welcomed back to the company and even inducted into the Hall of Fame, Savage never returned.
Rhodes said Savage had prudently saved his money and was content to remain out of the spotlight.
“He was a recluse, almost,” Rhodes said by phone. “Whatever he was doing, he wanted that privacy. Yeah, he was out of the picture for 10 years, but he didn’t want to be in the picture.”
Savage was a minor league catcher in the 1970s for St Louis and Cincinnati before turning in the uniform for tights. His father, Angelo Poffo, was a long-time wrestler and his brother, “Leaping” Lanny Poffo, was also a 1980s WWF mainstay. Condolences from fans poured in to Lanny Poffo’s Facebook page on Friday.