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Larry Zbyszko
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    (December 5, 1953- )
    Birth name is Larry Whistler
    Wrestled for the NWA and AWA
    Former AWA Heavyweight Champion, WCW Tag Team Champion, WCW Television Champion and WWWF Tag Team Champion
    Was called 'The Living Legend'
    He would call the fans 'spudheads' and he said he's taken his opponents to 'Larry Land.'
    Many people think he was AWA Champion because he was married to the daughter of Verne Gagne, the owner and booker of the company.
    He bought the NWA Heavyweight Title for $25,000 in 1983 but was stripped of it a month later.
    When Bruno Sammartino retired after his match with Zbyszko, which Bruno won, Zbyszko said he was the man who retired Sammartino and it really angered many fans.
    He was involved in some bad martial arts matches with Eric Bischoff.
    Many people trashed his work as a commentator in WCW as he would over exaggerate every thing.
    His name was also spelled Zbysko.
    Bruno Sammartino trained him.
    He was the last man to hold the AWA Heavyweight Title as the promotion folded while he was champion.
    He and Arn Anderson were named Tag Team of the Year in PWI in 1991.
    His steel cage match with Bruno Sammartino was named Match of the Year in PWI in 1980.
    He was voted Most Hated Wrestler of the Year in PWI in 1980.
    He was voted Rookie of the Year in PWI in 1974.
    He's ranked #38 in Total Wrestling Magazine's 100 Greatest Heels of All-Time.

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