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Larry Zbyszko

Larry Zbyszko

Nationality :American
Date Of Birth :December 5, 1951
Height :5 feet 9 inches
Weight :106 kg

Larry Zbyszko is an American retired professional wrestler. He is perhaps best known for his feud with his mentor, Bruno Sammartino, during the early 1980s as well as his work as a wrestler and color commentator for World Championship Wrestling. Among other accolades, he is a two-time world champion having twice held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. Zbyszko was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 28, 2015, by Sammartino.

QUICK FACTS

Birth nameLawrence Whistler
BornDecember 5, 1951 (age 71)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Spouse(s)Kathleen Gagne
Children4
FamilyVerne Gagne (father-in-law)
Greg Gagne (brother-in-law)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Larry Zbyszko
Billed height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Billed weight233 lb (106 kg)

Larry Zbyszko Biography, EarlyLife

Larry Zbyszko was born on December 5, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Today is his 71st birthday.

He grew up in the Illinois metropolis of Chicago.

Larry Zbyszko was born below the Sagittarius Zodiac signal (The Centaur/Archer), and 1951 became the year of the Chinese Zodiac Rabbit ().

He skilled under wrestler Bruno Sammartino earlier than making his debut at the age of 21.

He debuted in professional wrestling in 1973 and has due to the fact wrestled in almost every main wrestling advertising.

Larry Zbyszko Education

His educational history is not published because he has not yet given it to the public. However, this detailed information is currently being reviewed and will be updated soon.

Larry Zbyszko’s Height, And Weight

The Wrestler has an athletic body standing at the perfect height of 5 feet 10 inches and weighs around 80 kg.

Larry Zbyszko also has an athletic body type. He has a well-kept figure, but measures such as biceps size, hip size, waist size, shoe size, and so on are currently unavailable. His eyes are dark brown, and his hair is black. He has a healthy and well-balanced physique.

Career

Whistler trained under Bruno Sammartino after cutting his collegiate wrestling career at Penn State University short. He debuted in 1973 as the babyface “Larry Zbyszko”, with his name a tribute to 1920s Polish American wrestler Stanislaus Zbyszko. He initially wrestled in the Pittsburgh area in 1972, appearing on the local wrestling program Studio Wrestling, before receiving bookings in Vancouver with NWA All-Star Wrestling in 1973. He spent three years in the World Wide Wrestling Federation before traveling to California in 1975.

Zbyszko was one of the attractions in the 1976 Latin America Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship, held in Guatemala City, under José Azzari’s promotions. Three days after the end of the tournament (Mil Máscaras won the title, defeating José Azzari in the final), an earthquake destroyed much of that Central American nation.

Zbyszko returned to the WWWF in 1976 and formed a tag team with Tony Garea, with whom he won the WWWF World Tag Team Championships on November 21, 1978, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Their reign lasted until March 6, 1979, when they were defeated by the Valiant brothers in Allentown.

Zbyszko feuded with Bugsy McGraw, Abdullah the Butcher, and Superstar Billy Graham in addition to wrestling Killer Kowalski and Baron Mikel Scicluna. In 1978 he summarized his mat-based ringwork with the statement, “I just believe in science over brawn.”

At the end of the decade, Zbyszko became frustrated with his inability to shed his label as Bruno Sammartino’s protégé. He challenged Sammartino to an exhibition match, claiming this was the only way he could step out of Sammartino’s shadow. Sammartino eventually agreed to the match after Zbyszko threatened to retire if he was not granted the match. The trainer and pupil faced one another in Allentown on January 22, 1980, with Sammartino dominating the early stages of the match. After Sammartino threw him out of the ring, an irate Zbyszko seized a wooden chair and struck Sammartino, leaving him in a pool of blood in the middle of the ring and instantly turning Zbyszko into a reviled heel.

Zbyszko was struck with an iron pole following a match with Ivan Putski and was stabbed in the buttock following a match with Pedro Morales in the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, New York. After turning against Sammartino, Zbyszko was approached by the WWWF’s “Unholy Trio” of managers (Fred Blassie, The Grand Wizard, and “Captain” Lou Albano), but he decided to continue wrestling without a manager. Sammartino and Zbyszko fought one another repeatedly in a lengthy feud that stretched throughout 1980. In the course of the feud, Zbyszko began referring to himself as “The New Living Legend” (a reference to Sammartino, who was often addressed as “The Living Legend”). The feud culminated in a steel cage match at Showdown at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York on August 9, 1980, that saw Sammartino defeat Zbyszko in front of an audience of 36,295.

Larry Zbyszko’s Net Worth

The Net worth of Larry Zbyszko is still yet to be revealed. His salary is under review.

Larry Zbyszko Awards

  • American Wrestling Association
    • AWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times) 
    • AWA America’s Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • AWA Superstars of Wrestling
    • AWA Superstars of Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship (1 time) 
  • Cauliflower Alley Club
    • Another honoree (1996)
  • Georgia Championship Wrestling
    • NWA National Heavyweight Championship (2 times) 
  • Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling
    • NWA Western States Heritage Championship (1 time) 
    • WCW World Television Championship (1 time) 
    • WCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Arn Anderson 
    • WCW World Tag Team Championship Tournament (1991) – with Arn Anderson
  • Legends Pro Wrestling
    • XWF/LPW Hall of Fame (Class of 2008)
  • NWA Hollywood Wrestling
    • NWA “Beat the Champ” Television Championship (1 time)
  • New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame
    • Class of 2010
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Match of the Year (1980) vs. Bruno Sammartino in a cage match at Showdown at Shea
    • PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (1980)
    • PWI Rookie of the Year (1974)
    • PWI Tag Team of the Year (1991) with Arn Anderson
    • PWI ranked him #38 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1991[12]
    • PWI ranked him #105 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the “PWI Years” in 2003[13]
  • Southern Championship Wrestling
    • SCW Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Mister Saint Laurent
    • SCW Florida Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Mister Saint Laurent
  • USA Championship Wrestling
    • USA North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • World Wide Wrestling Federation / WWE
    • WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Tony Garea 
    • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2015) 
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Best Heel (1980)
    • Feud of the Year (1980) vs. Bruno Sammartino
    • Most Improved Wrestler (1980)
  • Other titles
    • AWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Chasyn Rance and Seth Springer

Larry Zbyszko’s Wife, Marriage, Children

In 1988, Larry Zbisko married Kathleen Gagne (daughter of AWA co-founder Vern Gagne and niece of boxer Greg Gagne), and their son, Tim Zbisko, is also a professional boxer and Michael, John, and Robert are his other sons.

FAQ

What is the net worth of Larry Zbyszko?

His net worth is 1 to 5 million dollars.

What is the height of Larry Zbyszko?

His height is 5 feet 9 inches.

What is the age of Larry Zbyszko?

His age is 71 years as of 2023.

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