By Larry Zbyszko
Wrestling’s self-proclaimed Living Legend” could 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 enjoyable, frequently hilarious tale of a striking ascent to wrestling notoriety. Voted Rookie of the 12 months in 1974, Larry Zbyszko loved 30 wonderful years as a most sensible attract the wild and wacky global wrestling. Attendance documents have been shattered while he wrestled the unique Living Legend,” Bruno Sammartino, in 1980 and gained by way of hitting his former mentor with a chaira rarity on the time. Chronicling Zbysko's transformation from baby-faced hero to at least one of the main hated wrestlers of his time, this uninhibited narrative finds an insider's view of a few of the main profitable and debatable tales and scandals in pro-wrestling heritage.
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One time at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, when Ivan Koloff caused Bruno to bleed, there were four heart attacks in the crowd. It became a sick joke for a while. ” I was wondering how many we’d lose tonight as Bruno made his way to the ring. Every nut and bolt that held the Garden together was vibrating. In fact, the Garden was not big enough. They opened the Felt Forum below the Garden, which holds another five or six thousand people. They watched on a giant screen. Thousands more were turned away.
When Bruno told Vince 37 adventures in larryland! Sr. the plan, he didn’t think that I would be a worthy opponent. I do not believe it was anything personal. He was just conditioned to believe that Bruno’s opponents had to be 6´6´´ and 300 pounds of ugly, brute force to draw money — and I clearly did not fit the clichéd bill. It really didn’t matter anyway; everything at that point was now out of my hands completely. The fact that Vince Sr. did not believe in what Bruno had laid out added some rocket fuel to an existing fire.
For most of the guys it was a six-and-a-half-hour drive through winding mountains. They were not looking forward to the drive back. I just wanted to get the hell out of there. There were scattered thunderstorms building throughout the area. I loved flying at night. You had the sky to yourself. Scattered in the darkness and the lights of cities and towns. The winds were usually calm. On this night, however, the sky was angry. We took off and headed due south. I was climbing as fast 30 up, up and — oh shit!
Adventures in Larryland!: Life in Professional Wrestling by Larry Zbyszko