WWE Hall of Famer Claims Hulk Hogan Came To Him For Help
WWE Hall of Famer Larry Zbyszko has never been one to mince words, especially when it comes to colleagues, such as fellow Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan.
In an interview with Hannibal TV, Zbyszko claims Hogan came to him for help in his early years as a wrestler, working the circuit against Andre the Giant. Apparently, Hogan had spent the better part of a year as Andre’s personal whipping boy in the ring, to the point where Hogan was downright fed up with the lack of spotlight he was getting as a performer. So he went to Zbyszko, a trusted veteran at the time, for advice on how to change his fortunes. Check out excerpts from the interview below via Hannibal TV (H/T to WrestlingInc for the transcription):
“In 20 years he’ll start collecting and if they have any money after all the appeals, he’ll probably be dead. To be honest with you, I never think about the Hulk. When the Hulk came around, I was doing my Bruno thing. They brought Terry in because they needed a big guy for Andre to beat up. So after about six, eight months of Andre beating the snot out of Hulk, he came up to me one day and said ‘You’re my hero brother, give me some advice I’m getting tired of getting beat up by Andre every night. Because I’m just his whipping boy.’ And I gave him the advice, I said, ‘Hey you’ve been here in the WWWF, getting beat up by Andre every night. The best thing for you is you’re a big guy, you can move — just get the hell out of here and go to a different territory.’
“He listened, he left, and he went to the AWA and that’s where they gave him a break, turned him into a baby face and people — things were changing. Then our paths never really crossed after that, and I think in the beginning Terry was a nice guy, but I think as years went by, I think he got a little too big in the head for a while. It bit him in the ass. Some other guys did that too, Lex Lugar was kind of a narcissistic ego kind of guy, then when something bad happened to him you kind of laugh and are like, ‘Hey, karma brother.’ Not that they’re bad guys, he’s probably a much better person now because he brought hell upon himself when he got a real prima donna head. But I didn’t deal with guys like that.”
If true, it’s a good thing Hogan listened to Zbyszko when he did. Hell, if anything, it’s something Hogan should mention more often when talking about his early career, and how he received some of the big breaks he got. It’s crazy to think how different the wrestling industry would have been in the 1980s, had Hogan not been given the shot in WWE. And he really only got that shot in WWE because he picked up steam in the AWA, after Zbyszko suggested he go seek his fortunes in other territories. It’s an interesting story, if nothing else.
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