A true Living Legend in the sports-entertainment industry, Larry Zbyszko is the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015. He will be inducted by his former mentor and rival, WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino.
Zbyszko got his break in the ring game in 1973, studying under Sammartino, a fellow Pittsburgh native. He broke into WWE in the mid-1970s, making a name for himself as part of a tag team with Tony Garea and capturing the World Tag Team Titles from the Yukon Lumberjacks.
As the 1970s came to a close, however, Zbyszko longed to be seen as more than just Sammartino’s protégé. He challenged his reluctant mentor to a match, only to be frustrated when Sammartino took control of the bout. A furious Zbyszko took matters into his own hands, using underhanded tactics to stun Sammartino before viciously pummeling his mentor with a chair.
The shocking beatdown instantly turned Zbyszko into one of WWE’s most hated Superstars, with the WWE Universe piling into Shea Stadium in August 1980 to see Sammartino get payback inside a steel cage.