Announced today by wwe.com, Larry Zbyszko has been added to the 2015 class of WWE Hall of Fame entrants. A bona fide living legend of sports entertainment joins the class for decades of historic contribution to the world of professional wrestling.
As Larry Zbyszko told Rolling Stone:
“My gut feeling over the years was that probably someday, sooner or later, I’d be getting in – and not just because of the long career I had,” Zbyszko laughs. “I’m a fan at heart; I love this business, and the Hall of Fame is an awesome part of the business. This has been my life, and if I had to do it again, I’d do it all the same – except maybe not get married so many times.”
Larry Zbyszko studied under and wrestled with the great Bruno Sammartino in his formative years in the business. Zbyszko made a name for himself in the WWE as part of a tag team with Tony Garea to take the Tag Team Titles from the Yukon Lumberhacks in the mid-70’s.
With a historic turn on his mentor Bruno Sammartino, Larry Zbyszko established himself as one of the most hated wrestlers in the ring. After the feud came to a close, Sammartino moved onto the AWA and WCW under the tutelage of Paul Heyman as a member of the advocate’s infamous Dangerous Alliance. Zybyszko’s accomplishments in the ring are numerous, but he is also a big part of NXT in helping prospective wrestlers on their move up to the main stage.
Zbyszko will be inducted into the Hall on March 28 – the night before WrestleMania – at a ceremony airing live on the WWE Network at 8 p.m. ET. He Joins “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Former Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze, Rikishi, the Bushwhackers and celebrity honoree Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2015 class.
“I already have a speech in my head; it kind of just popped in there, because it’s the story of my dream – to become like my hero Bruno Sammartino,” he says. “And I’ll also thank the people who helped me along the way. I’ve always considered myself one of the boys – everyone calls me ‘Sir’ these days, but I’m not that old!”