Zbyszko to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame's Class
of 2015 - 16th March 2015
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true Living Legend in the sports-entertainment industry,
Larry Zbyszko is the latest inductee into the WWE
Hall of Fame Class of 2015. He will be inducted by
his former mentor and rival, WWE Hall of Famer Bruno
got his break in the ring game in 1973, studying under
Sammartino, a fellow Pittsburgh native. He broke into
WWE in the mid-1970s, making a name for himself as
part of a tag team with Tony Garea and capturing the
World Tag Team Titles from the Yukon Lumberjacks.
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the 1970s came to a close, however, Zbyszko longed
to be seen as more than just Sammartinos protégé.
He challenged his reluctant mentor to a match, only
to be frustrated when Sammartino took control of the
bout. A furious Zbyszko took matters into his own
hands, using underhanded tactics to stun Sammartino
before viciously pummeling his mentor with a chair.
shocking beatdown instantly turned Zbyszko into one
of WWEs most hated Superstars, with the WWE
Universe piling into Shea Stadium in August 1980 to
see Sammartino get payback inside a steel cage.
his rivalry with Sammartino came to a close, Zbyszko
left WWE and moved on to the AWA and Jim Crockett
Promotions. Reveling in the hatred of audiences across
the country, Zbyszko turned the cowardly tactic of
avoiding his opponent by leaving the ring into an
art form, suckering his opponents into a perfectly
laid trap. The Living Legends mastery of the
ring game led him to the top, as he captured the AWA
World Championship in 1989.
left the AWA shortly before its closure in 1990 and
joined WCWs roster. Teaming up with the dangerous
Arn Anderson, Zbyszko quickly captured the WCW Tag
Team Titles. He also earned the nickname The
Cruncher for a brutal attack that left Barry
Windham with a broken arm. He also spent time under
the tutelage of Paul Heyman as a member of the advocates
infamous Dangerous Alliance.
1992, he stepped away from the ring and went behind
the microphone as a member of WCWs broadcast
team. Zbyszko greeted the WCW faithful with a hearty
salute every week, doing his best to educate them
on the game of human chess, and fill audiences
in on his latest exploits on the golf course.
was not afraid to lace his boots up when provoked,
though. After being pushed too far by William Regal
in 1994, The Living Legend got back in the ring and
showed he could still hang, defeating the snooty Brit
for the WCW Television Championship. And when The
New World Order invaded, Zbyszko was one of the first
to step up to defend WCW. With a helping hand from
Bret Hit Man Hart, Zbyszko defeated Eric
Bischoff at Starrcade 1997 and saved Monday Nitro
from falling into the outlaw groups clutches.
Zbyszko cements his status as a Living Legend in the
sports-entertainment world, as he takes his place
in the WWE Hall of Fames Class of 2015.
for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are
on sale now at Ticketmaster.com,
the SAP Center box office, and by calling 800-745-3000.
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