4 talking about this. He would face Greg Gagne on June 23, 1989 at War in the Windy City, and David Sammartino, who he defeated at the Tri-State Winter Challenge on January 27, 1990. At the end of the decade, Zbyszko became frustrated with his inability to shed his label as Bruno Sammartino's protégé. Pillman, Smith’s Hart Foundation teammate, was honored earlier this month in Philadelphia when Pro Wrestling Illustrated presented him with the prestigious 2019 Rookie of the Year award. Among other accolades, he is a two-time world champion having twice held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. This reign was official despite Zbyszko not being an official referee, a role he previously played in Scott Hall's match against Lex Luger at Halloween Havoc (1997). His first act as DOA was to give Jeff Jarrett's place in the King of the Mountain match later that night to Raven. Advance tickets are available online. The Next Generation of Wrestlers You May Not Have Heard Of….Yet. Zbyszko returned to the WWWF in 1976[1] and formed a tag team with Tony Garea, with whom he won the WWWF World Tag Team Championships on November 21, 1978 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. One of his first appearances as a commentator occurred at Starrcade alongside of Missy Hyatt. Mostly in FL as well as GA, and California. Hart ensured that the nWo did not interfere, and Zbyszko won the match, regaining control of Nitro for WCW. He spent three years in the World Wide Wrestling Federation before traveling to California in 1975. I’d explain it simply like this. For more information, call (843) 743-4800 or go to www.oscwonline.com. Matches. He was the recipient of Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Rookie of the Year award in 2013. Keep up with my booked dates , matches promos and results! Zbyszko was thus the new AWA World Heavyweight Champion. On March 17, 2012, In Caribou, Maine Zbyszko defeated Ryan Michaels in a lumberjack match to retain the All Out Mayhem Heavyweight Championship. Zbyszko initially teamed with Terrence Taylor, a member of The York Foundation, but was not recruited to the stable. He dropped the title to Ricky Landell on October 11. When did your pro wrestling career begin? For more information you can follow Tim on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tim.whistler. He returned for one night on August 6, 2003, losing to Kid Kash following interference from Abyss. Zbyszko won the match by disqualification after Dusty Rhodes betrayed him, joining the nWo. At TNA Genesis 2005 on November 13, Zbyszko told Raven to resign from TNA or have his life "made hell". Tim continued to pick up wins and along the way and has won two tag team championships. Nevertheless, Zbyszko continued his personal crusade against Raven, and to that end booked him into a Raven's House of Fun Match, again with an unknown opponent, for the December 3 episode of Impact!. In April 2013, after attending the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, he announced he had signed a WWE Legends contract along with recording interviews for the WWE Network and future DVD releases. It captures the soul of pro wrestling and reflects the heart and passion of the game, he says. In February 2005, Zbyszko joined Planet Jarrett, Jarrett's dominant heel stable. Crockett Promotions was under new ownership and both Zbyszko and Perez were essentially left without an angle. The Committee would watch matches on TNA Impact!, most of which had a ten-minute time limit, and determine a winner in the eventuality of a draw. 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Do you pay attention to other federations or follow other wrestlers? Zbyszko feuded with Bugsy McGraw, Abdullah the Butcher and Superstar Billy Graham in addition to wrestling Killer Kowalski and Baron Mikel Scicluna. Lawrence Whistler (born December 5, 1951), better known by the ring name Larry Zbyszko, is an American retired professional wrestler and author perhaps best known for his feud with his mentor, Bruno Sammartino, during the early 1980s.