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[Larry Zbyszko Gallery]
Wrestler: "The Living Legend" Larry Zbysko
Real Name: Lawrence Whistler
Birthday: December 5, 1953
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Marital Status: Married to Cathy Gagne
Height & Weight: 5'11" - 245 lbs.
Trained by:
Debut: 1972
Previous Gimmicks: Larry Whister
Finishing Move: Shoulder Breaker
Favorite Moves: Guillotine Choke
Notable Feuds: Bruno Sammartino
Bob Backlund (AWA)
Bugsy McGraw
Abdullah the Butcher
Billy Graham
Mr. Wrestling II
Nick Bockwinkel
Eric Bischoff

  • Pro-Wrestling Illustrated's 1974 Rookie Of The Year;
  • NWA (Los Angeles) Beat the Champ Television title;
  • Pro-Wrestling Illustrated's 1980 Most Hated Wrestler Of The Year;
  • World Wide Wrestling Federation Tag Team titles w/Tony Garea;
  • AWA (American Wrestling Association) World Heavyweight title (2);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Heavyweight title (2);
  • WCW (World Championship Wrestling) Television title;
  • WCW (World Championship Wrestling) World Tag Team titles w/Arn Anderson;
  • AWA Americas Heavyweight title;
  • NWA Western States Heritage title;
  • USA Wrestling North American Heavyweight title;


  • World Wide Wrestling Federation:
  • 1980: Larry Zbyszko engaged in a brutal and bloody feud with his former mentor, Bruno Sammartino..
  • August 9, 1980 - Showdown at Shae: Bruno Sammartino beat Larry Zbysko in a "steel cage" match.

    National Wrestling Alliance:
  • June 5, 1983: Larry Zbyszko defeated Mr. Wrestling II in a tournament final for the Georgia National Heavyweight title
  • 1983: Larry Zbyszko paid "Killer" Tim Brooks $25,000 for the NWA National title..

    American Wrestling Association:
  • September 28, 1985 - AWA SuperClash: Greg Gagne & Scott Hall & Curt Hennig beat Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkle & Larry Zbysko..
  • April 20, 1986 - AWA WrestleRock: Scott LeDoux defeated Larry Zbysko by Disqualification in a "boxing" match..

    World Championship Wrestling:
  • 1991: Larry Zbyszko teamed with Ric Flair, Sid Vicious & Barry Windham in War Games..

    Retirement & NWA TNA:
  • January 15, 2003 - NWA:TNA: Larry makes a suprise appearance and gives a long "tradition" speech..
  • ~~~Larry has a pull-apart brawl with AJ Styles and this sets up a match next week..
  • January 22, 2003 - NWA^TNA: A.J. Styles b Larry Zbyszko with both feet on the ropes..
  • January 29, 2003 - NWA^TNA: Larry Zbyszko becomes AJ Styles' manager after AJ couldn't beat him twice in 10 minutes..
  • January 31, 2002--World Wide Wrestling: Larry Zbyszko b Dean Jablonski & Rowdy Ron in a handicap match..
  • August 6, 2003 - NWA^TNA: Kid Kash defeated Larry Zbyszko after interference by Abyss..
  • April 25, 2004--Pittsburgh Pro Wrestling: Larry Zbyszko defeated Lord Zoltan in Zbyszko's hometown..
  • June 23, 2004 - TNA PPV: Larry Zbyszko makes an appearance to support Ron Killings against World Champion Jeff Jarrett..
  • June 25, 2004 - TNA Impact: Larry Zbyszko makes another appearance and gets a Guitar-shot from Jeff Jarrett!
  • July 9, 2004 - TNA Impact: The Naturals vs Chris Daniels & Primetime ended in a 10-minute time limit draw (Non title match)..
  • ~~~The "judge" for the match was Larry Zbyszko, who ruled that Chris Daniels & Elix Skipper won the match by decision!
  • July 14, 2004 - NWA^TNA: Ron Killings' Team defeated Jeff Jarrett's Team in a "10-Man Tag Team Guitar on a Poll" match..
  • ~~~Ron Killings' Team = Ron Killings & BG James & Konnan & Dusty Rhodes & Larry Zbyszko..
  • ~~~Jeff Jarrett's Team = Jeff Jarrett & Ken Shamrock & Onyx & Chad Collyer & Hotstuff Hernandez..
  • July 17, 2004--Iron Ring Wrestling: CC Ryder & Larry Zbyszko defeated Ricky Morton & Tim Horner..
  • October 16, 2004--Southern Championship Wrestling: Larry Zbyszko defeated Jason Hexx..
  • January 29, 2005 - WrestleReunion: "Outlaw" Ron Bass & Larry Zbyszko defeated Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham..
  • February 26, 2005--ACPW: Larry Zbyszko defeated K.C. McKnight..
  • June 25, 2005--NWA Spinebuster: Steve Corino defeated Larry Zbyszko to retain the AWA World Heavyweight title..
  • July 16, 2005--Southern Championship Wrestling: Francine showed up and introduced Larry Zybzsko who came out and cut a promo..
  • July 30, 2005--Retro Wrestling Alliance: Greg Valentine vs Larry Zbyszko ended in a draw
  • August 27, 2005--WrestleReunion: Larry Zbyszko defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win five minutes with Bruno Sammartino!
  • ~~~DDP actually used a diamond cutter on Zbyszko, then pulled him on top of him so Larry won the match..
  • ~~~Bruno Sammartino attacked Larry Zbyszko and started choking him out until he was pulled off very quickly..
  • September 17, 2005--Southern Championship Wrestling: Larry Zbyzsko defeated Ninja (Sherri Martel led 3 ninjas to attack Zbyszko)..
  • October 28, 2005--SCW 7th Anniversary Show: Chasyn Rance defeated Larry Zbyszko..

    NWA: Total Nonstop Action - Director of Authority:
  • October 2005: Director of Authority Larry Zbyszko repeatedly ejected Raven from the building week after week..
  • November 6, 2005--Iron Ring Wrestling: Larry Zbyszko vs Jimmy Golden ended in Double DQ..
  • November 3, 2005 - TNA Impact: Larry Zbyszko kicked Raven out of the building so he wouldn't get involved in the main event..
  • November 12, 2005 - TNA Impact: Raven confronted Larry Zbyszko about mistreating him, so Zbyszko gave him an release form..
  • ~~~Zbyszko said he could sign it and leave TNA or stay and be put through hell in TNA week after week..
  • November 13, 2005 - TNA Genesis: Raven defeated PJ Palaco (formerly known as Justin Credible) - match set up by Larry Zbyszko..
  • November 26, 2005 - TNA Impact: Larry Zbyszko once again offered Raven the chance to sign a release form to get out of TNA..
  • December 11, 2005 - TNA Turning Point: Raven defeated Larry Zbyszko's Choice (Chris K. aka Chris Kanyon)..
  • January 14, 2006--Southern Championship Wrestling: Larry Zbyszko w/Missy Hyatt defeated Rip Malibu..
  • January 15, 2006 - Final Resolution: Sean Waltman (hand picked opponent) defeated Raven forcing Raven to leave TNA "forever"..
  • March 4, 2006--SCW: Jaison Moore defeating "Living Legend" Larry Zbyszko by Disqualification..
  • March 25, 2006--ACPW: Buff Bagwell defeated "Living Legend" Larry Zbyszko....
  • April 8, 2006 - TNA iMPACT: Larry Zbyszko was warned that TNA management was bringing in a "New Guy" soon...
  • April 22, 2006--Southern Championship Wrestling: Larry Zbyszko held the 8th annual Spring Breakout Bikini Contest..
  • April 23, 2006 - TNA Lockdown: Larry Zbyszko was put on probation (storyline) and Raven returned and attacked Zbyszko!
  • April 27, 2006 - TNA iMPACT: Raven once again showed up to make Larry Zbyszko's life a living hell and chased him backstage..
  • May 13, 2006--Powerhouse Wrestling: Larry Zbyzsko defeated Brick House Baker...
  • May 14, 2006 - TNA Sacrifice: Raven defeated A-1 w/Larry Zbyszko..
  • June 2006: Larry Zbyszko was repeatedly warned about a "New Public Face of TNA Management" who was coming in to TNA..
  • June 3, 2006--NWA Wisconsin: Larry Zbyszko & Adrian Lynch defeated Matt Longtime & Kevin Krueger in a tag team match..
  • June 10, 2006--Southern Championship Wrestling: Demolition Ax (Bill Eadie) defeated Larry Zbyszko...
  • June 15, 2006 - TNA iMPACT: Larry Zbyszko opened a car door and saw who the New Face of TNA Management was!
  • June 18, 2006 - TNA Slammiversary: Larry Zbyszko interfered in the King of the Mountain match and helped "screw" Christian Cage..
  • June 24, 2006--Southern Championship Wrestling: A.J. Styles defeated Raven with Larry Zbyszko as the guest referee..
  • July 16, 2006 - TNA Victory Road: Raven defeated Larry Zbyszko in a Hair vs Hair match with Marc "Slick" Johnson as referee..
  • July 29, 2006--SCW: Drunk & Disorderly (formerly the New Heavenly Bodies) defeated Larry Zbyszko & Chasyn Rance..
  • September 29, 2006--National Wrestling Superstars: Larry Zybysko defeated Sal Sincere w/King Kaluha...
  • September 30, 2006--National Wrestling Superstars: Larry Zybysko defeated Ace Darling..
  • October 22, 2006 - TNA Bound For Glory: Eric Young defeated "The Living Legend" Larry Zbyszko in a "Loser Gets Fired!" match..
  • November 25, 2006--Packerland Pro Wrestling: Cobra beat Scott Steiner when heel referee Larry Zbyszko turned on Steiner!
  • January 14, 2007--AWA World 1 South: Team Vision (Mister Saint Laurent & Larry Zbyszko) beat Ricky Silver & Allison Danger