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Re: Forgotten Legends72: Larry Zbyszko
To me Zbyszko is a product of his own self promotion. He was good on the mic, which also added to this illusion of him being a "great one". The fact is the only thing special about his non AWA runs was his fued with Bruno. But how many guys turned on Bruno and got the same heat? Several. It was like the WWF loved that pattern and anyone could have hit Bruno with a chair and gotten a heated cage match in return. Heck they could have had Tony Garea or Rene Goulet do the same angle. They did it with Spiros Arion not two years before.
Look, he from what I remember he married into Gagne's family. That in itself assured him AWA success. Verne loved and depended on his family. He trusted them so he pushed them.
He was always spotlighted on television as a top heel but he was really a glorified manager talking up his protoges. He was not a believable contender and floundered around the AWA for years.
When Henning left and it was time for a new top heel. AWA who at the time was leaning heavily on an overweight Slaughter, a 58 year old Von Rashcke, and a young Tom Zenk, as their most popular faces. There was no other viable heels and who else was Gagne going to put the strap on? He did what Verne always did put it on family. In fact, his title reign was met with a collective eye roll of the few fans the AWA had left, and while obviously not the reason the company folded it did nothing to help a company in desperate need of something.
He then bank rolled all those years of getting a favorable AWA push into a WCW career and he rode on the shoulders of Arn Anderson. In spite of the lack of major heels at the time, once again he was not viable enough to use on the top.
Very few people bought a ticket to see Zbyszko imo, except his match with Bruno, and we all know that had little to do with Larry.
Maybe I am being hard, I just hated him on Nitro and how he talked about his glorious career that really had little to do with his talent, and more to do with his family and friends.
This is the best case of a commentator using his pulpit to glorify his career. He was not a major star, except for that one run with Bruno.
Last edited by Greenlawler; 10-26-2012 at 12:08 AM.