By Larry Zbyszko
Wrestling’s self-proclaimed Living Legend” might by no means put on a championship belt back, yet he’s certainly no longer down for the count number, as this memoir indicates in its interesting, frequently hilarious tale of a amazing ascent to wrestling notoriety. Voted Rookie of the yr in 1974, Larry Zbyszko loved 30 excellent years as a best attract the wild and wacky international wrestling. Attendance files have been shattered while he wrestled the unique Living Legend,” Bruno Sammartino, in 1980 and received via hitting his former mentor with a chaira rarity on the time. Chronicling Zbysko's transformation from baby-faced hero to 1 of the main hated wrestlers of his time, this uninhibited narrative unearths an insider's view of a few of the main profitable and debatable tales and scandals in pro-wrestling background.
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You insulted me. ” Vince Sr. wanted to set up a meeting with Bruno. But you need to remember how big of a star Bruno really was then, along with the fact that the McMahons were desperate. Bruno charged Vince Sr. $10,000 just to sit down and have a talk about getting in the ring. And Vince agreed. My career and future in the business, which for a couple of weeks I thought was over, was now back on track and moving full speed ahead. The programming for the Sammartino versus Zbyszko feud was a work of art — an art that really has been lost.
I told him, “Terry, you’re a very unique human being. You should do great in this business. But you have to get out of the wwwf and make a name for yourself in another territory. ” “Thank you, brother. ” I believe he took the advice to heart. He left soon after, and Verne Gagne made him into a babyface. Needless to say, he got over in a big way. Me? I was still trying to find out if “I” was over, or if “it” — as in my career — was over. ” The ticket sales for that night were over $80,000, which was huge in those days.
This began eating away at me. If I took the belt from Backlund the following month and was the heavyweight champion when Bruno and I were to have our big blow off, we would have made more money than the United States mint. If there was payper-view in those days, our buy rate would still be unbeaten. It was what the fans wanted to see. I knew Vince Sr. was still not convinced of big success at Shea, and even Bruno was not 100 percent confident we would sell out a stadium. It was unheard of at the time, but I would accept no less.
Adventures in Larryland!: Life in Professional Wrestling by Larry Zbyszko