In the past Don Sauvage was part of a rock band, but it didn't manage to make much profit. His verbosity called the attention of the CWA and he was hired as a ring announcer. He later began working as a freelancer announcer, livening up matches for a variety of organizations. Besides battles, he also works as an announcer for a variety of events, and also works in Zangief's box office and in a talk show from Las Vegas.
Don Sauvage heavily resembles the man in a yellow suit that appears in Balrog's Super Street Fighter II stage. It is unknown if they the same person, or if Don Sauvage was inspired by this background character.
Don Sauvage's appearance is likely based on Professional Wrestling persona Jimmy Hart, including the signature megaphone, flashy outfit and sunglasses. Like Sauvage, Hart was also a band member prior to his debut as an advocate.