Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Larry Zbyszko on Transitioning from Ring to Commentary

Browsing today, I noticed this recap of an interview with Larry Zbyszko.  The most interesting part IMHO was his comments about transitioning from the ring to the commentary team.
For me it worked out great. I had a good twenty year career. By about 1992 I was thinking I'd start settling into the broadcasting thing. It was a good time, I was lucky with the body that I didn't get hurt and didn't have any artificial parts, didn't have any major surgeries, none of that stuff. It kept me alive with the new generation and gave me more publicity because I was on Monday Nitro, then I was on some of the syndicated shows so I had a lot of publicity with the new generation and it was a great job. I worked out and kept myself in good shape and would golf a bunch, I was home so much the wife would get sick of me. It was kind of like the perfect ending to a good twenty year career. Anybody who does that it's almost like you've got this special gift of gab or you are full of bullsh*t because either you can do a good interview for a couple of minuets and weren't good color guy but for some reason I felt right at home. I had to soften my character up because for twenty years I was a big asshole and people believed I was an asshole and I softened up the character to where everybody loved me and then I was too old to hate and then I was a legend when I went against the New World Order.
I found it interesting that Larry was apparently able to avoid major injuries. I guess stalling for 10+ minutes per match probably helped in that regard. I always thought he was a real asset on Nitro's commentary. His involvement with the nWo angle was absolutely perfect as well. The recap also touches base on Dusty Rhodes joining the nWo, working at the WWE Performance Center, seeing old friends and the passing of Piper and Warrior, and The Dangerous Alliance.  

Here's the Full Episode Link to the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling show and here's The Living Legend talking about the feud with Scott Hall and the nWo which he mentioned above.