Adventures in Larryland!: Life in Professional Wrestling by Larry Zbyszko

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 wonderful, frequently hilarious tale of a extraordinary ascent to wrestling notoriety. Voted Rookie of the yr in 1974, Larry Zbyszko loved 30 excellent 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 means of hitting his former mentor with a chair—a 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 winning and arguable tales and scandals in pro-wrestling background.

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I flew into Boston and took a cab to the Garden. The cabbie was a little old man who was about to have the thrill of his lifetime. The long, narrow driveway between the Boston Garden and an adjoining hotel was lined wall-towall with hundreds of wrestling fans. As the old guy turned in, I started pushing down all the door locks. He shot me 57 adventures in larryland! a funny look, wondering what I was doing. I was about to tell him when some fan screamed it out for me, “It’s Zbyszko! ” A second later, the fans started bombarding the cab with rocks.

When I picked up the phone, he said, “Hello, kid. We’re all worried about you. Are you okay? You didn’t show up for your shots this weekend. We thought you may be sick or hurt. ” I took the bait, of course. But Angelo was not reeling in the fish he expected. “I really appreciate the concern, Angelo. I never felt better and I’m sorry about your shows this weekend. But I had a conversation with Vince Sr. ” “Oh, boy,” came Savoldi’s response. I knew his brain was working overtime searching for a reply.

We started out very scientifically and then painted a vivid picture of the master outdoing his student. When Bruno got me in a hold, he would release it before I could escape. He saw it as deciding to not hurt me — I saw it as public humiliation. My frustration became obvious to the television masses. When Bruno made a friendly gesture to help me back into the ring, I sucker-punched him so hard he fell like a mighty 40 the last of the red-hot angles oak. The crowd was shocked. But they had not seen anything yet.

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