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– Wrestling legend Larry Zbyszko recently spoke with Steve and Scum of WGD Weekly. Here are some highlights from the interview:

The financial state of TNA: “…They just made wrong decisions…from what I hear, Bob Carter…he had a hard time saying no to his daughter, Dixie…Finally, they blew so much money with no real results after ten years that Bob resigned and I think the mother took over and she is controlling the purse…From what I hear…this guy is now fired, this guy is now fired and if you wanna stay there you get a pay cut. Half the guys wrestling there are on food stamps. I was shocked when I heard that one…”

Where TNA has gone wrong creatively: “…If you look at TNA today, I mean like ten years ago they had some great matches, AJ Styles vs. Chris Daniels, now ten years later, like six or seven months ago, I’m flicking through the TV and I stumble across TNA…and what’s the main event? AJ Styles vs. Chris Daniels, they’ve been wrestling each other for ten years. I couldn’t believe it…don’t these people understand…”

Eric Bischoff in TNA: “….Eric, who listened to a couple guys, pulled something off, then took credit for it, but everything he’s been involved in since sinks because he doesn’t know and won’t listen…”

Sting being “lucky”: “…Sting who was one of the luckiest men who ever lived, Sting couldn’t do a good interview, he couldn’t work good. We had to drop him from the ceiling for a year and dress him like the crow and not let him say a word to get one big match out of him…”

His relationship with and thoughts on Vince McMahon since once again working on occasion with WWE: “ …I haven’t bumped into Vince…I’ve been doing some things, like at ‘Mania, but I was running around doing Axxess, and signings, and filming DVD’s…when they tape the NXT shows they film that right down the street here…but, I haven’t bumped into Vince yet. I haven’t seen him since 1981. I can’t wait to see him, it will be very nostalgic…He looks great, between you and me, he’s one of the best characters he’s got…Vince is a classic, he would die for his creation and his fans, you can’t take that away from him…”

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Because all of that is the same thing everybody said about all the guys I have included above. wrestlers or not. Sting could go with anybody, had great mic skills and had a great look no matter what he looked like. Saying he was a “lucky fall back guy” is the exact same thing they said about Flair when he went back to WCW. The only reason Sting or anybody else couldn’t get over is bc of the politics. Sting was a fantastic wrestler plain and simple. Same with Austin, he was misused and couldn’t do anything bc of said politics. For reasons I cant understand Sting never went to WWE or anywhere else, apparently because of the schedule’s, but he was a total package. it was just hard for so many to see that bc Nash, Hogan and others were in the way. Other than Goldberg it took the company closing down for then to finally give the title to DDP/Booker T.

  • nick-hulk

    This is morphing from a discussion on Sting (whom you still haven’t discussed why he’s more than lucky) to name calling but so be it. Big Show is not a great wrestler (huge marketing tool, once promising athlete, clever guy), Paul Heyman (the single greatest mind and managrr inpro wrestling, but not a great or even a wrestler) left and become a promotor of the biggest cult wrestling org in history, Austin didnt just jump to WWE, he spent a little time showing what a talent he was unrestricted and still Vince tried to mess it up. JERICHO, BENOIT, MALENKO, SATURN, EDDIE was a not just restricted talent as Malenko and Saturn were little more than cash chasing in WWE the same reason they were held bk in wcw coz some1 recognisable was brought in and getting oaid well so given TV. Rey is a flawed arguement as he joined 2 years after wcws demise and had been bankable there just never given the whc to top it off. This started off as me claiming i dont think Sting is as good as everyone believes, i certainly would start using Tital package cause like Lex Luger, he’s nit. Generally good alround but would say great and anything he was great at he is slowly destroying by hanging around too long in ring. But hell what do I know about the business compaired to the all knowing my discussing with!

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Hahahahaha, or It could be the same reason why; Steve Austin, Paul Heyman, Rey Mysterio, Jericho, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn, Big Show, Eddie Guerrero and so many others hated WCW….. Because the people who could actually wrestled were never in charge. If you were a wrestling enthusiast you would have already gotten that. It was even hard for a guy like Sting and even an Icon like Flair, who mind you never really got breaks after Hogan, Nash and the “WWF” took over WCW. Sting was a huge total package and has great mic skills, ring skills and knowledge of the business. There were even better guys than Sting that couldn’t even get a US or TV title shot bc nobody would step aside and share that spot light. So once again, I’m going to have to disagree with your entire logic, because once again you do not sound knowledgeable about the business.

  • nick-hulk

    That’s where your wrong, I’ve watched on a weekly basis since ’89 that’s WWF/E, WCW, ECW, TNA, CZW regularly and everything else sparodicly. Watched all WWF ppv since WM 1 & WCW since mid 80s. Sting was a young WWF looking guy who drew for that reason in Atlanta and as a result became the bankable fall back guy when they needed to change things. If Sting was that impact player you seem to believe then explain how as Larry Z (whom I agree is a tool) said WCW decided to bench him (character transformation is gonna be your answer) for the most part of possibly the biggest era in Pro Wrestling.

  • marie

    tna owner had better understand tna will never ,ever outrate wwe and dixie carter you better get another face lift i have and alway will be wwe fan

  • Joshua Nixon

    I agree Sting should have went to WWE. I believe the constant work schedule that has WWE on the road constantly probably made Sting shy away. If he does join I hope wrestles Taker at WrestleMania. TNA needs to get its act together before ROH replaces it as the number wrestling promotion. Bully Ray as World Champion needs to end they have younger talent like Aries, Roode, Kazarian, Samoa Joe, Gunner, Sabin, Magnus, Hardy, Kenny King, Manik, and Mr. Anderson to build around. TNA needs to stop wasting money on Hogan, Bischoff, Rampage and Ortiz. Invest in some indy talent like Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Jay Lethal, Kevin Steen, Adam Cole, Michael Bennett, and Roderick Strong.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I take it your not a wrestling enthusiast.

  • Demandred

    That way of making up is this magical and beautiful thing called money.

  • Matthew Farrell

    Sad that half the roster are on food stamps while Hogan gets a huge paycheck for doing nothing… TNA is a joke

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I really can’t stand Larry Zbyszko always have a big month. For a guy that was a World champion from a company that went bankrupt he always got some negative to say about somebody. It is why I don’t blame Vince for never wanting to talk to Larry why talk to that big old grump. Sting I one of the all time great who would have mop the floor with Larry in any era. The only thing I will only have against Sting is why he never gave WWE a try to me Sting going to TNA was like he was still in WCW and that is all TNA every been for me WCW just under a new name. I really wouldn’t pay to much mind to Larry he nothing more than a bitter man that nobody cares about what he has to say about wrestling. Just looking to get his name at there.

  • millerj265

    I agree. I like Zbyszko, and iv only really heard him burry one other guy in interviews before and that’s Chris Jericho. If he has buried more guys iv nvr heard him do it, but from the two guys I have listened to him burry, he comes off as a guy who has no idea what he’s talking about considering the massive amount of success and longevity in the business both Y2J and sting have had. All I can think is he holds a personal grudge against them both, because he does have an idea about what he is talking about, he has a vast knowledge of professional wrestling, and a solid mind for the business, so for him to crap on two of wrestling’s biggest stars of the last 20yrs can only in my mind mean he holds some sort of grudge against both men.

  • nick-hulk

    Sting was never a total package, Wcw spent years having Flair school him to look good, took him off TV and as Larry says dropped him from a. Ceiling to gain a reaction again and make him a threat to the nWo, then got protected as a member of the Wolfpac, took his ball and went home cause he wasn’t prepared to work for Vince (his words), then come back for big money for little work as a glorified marketing tool. Over the years many have been better and made him look good (some with a lower profile) WCW: Flair, Benoit, Booker T, Bret Hart, Vampiro. TNA: Styles, Angle, Christian, Raven… I’ll leave the more recent as no one can argue that he really CAN’T go any more

  • JohnCena33

    You all say TNA is fine, there talent is on food stamps, it is just sad.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Sting is the luckiest guy on earth…. I’m calling bullshit on that. Up until a few years ago Sting was a total package.

  • Shawn Bronald

    Wow, I didn’t realize Larry was doing anything with WWE. I thought he and Vince hated each other. I guess Vince has a way of making up with everything he’s screwed over or has hated his guts. Bret, Bruno, Hogan, Warrior….. Holy $#!t!

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