​AUDIO: Larry Zbyszko Responds To Chris Jericho + More

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In an interview
with In Your Head Wrestling, Larry Zbyszko commented on Chris Jericho’s claim
that he’s the worst announcer Jericho ever heard. Here are
highlights:

On his
involvement with NXT:
“Well you know, I’ve been a big fan of NXT…they
film it five miles down the road from me. I’ve been going down, and that was a
big mistake because now I’m emotionally involved and entangled in all these new
guys, talent that’s training there. They have the same dream I had; you can see
it in their face, they want to learn. It’s really a cool place. It’s kind of
like an omen to me that they would just happen to build this thing five miles
down from my house. There’s really not too many people left in the business that
know what I know, so it’s working out good where I’m going to be involved. When
I go down there I get a chance to pass down the hidden secrets of wrestling’s
illuminati to a new era; so it’s really cool…There’s a trick to it. You’ve got a
whole bunch of big tough guys, but unless you figure out a way to be different
…With wrestling, like any other sport, the fans get emotionally involved with
their favorites…you get into their emotions. That’s the secret that they have to
be taught, because they’re great athletes and have a great training facility,
and they’re learning moves and becoming wrestlers, and that’s great, but to
attach to the fans you have to be a personality, and you have to be able to grab
that microphone and talk to people, and let your character loose and be
creative. It’s a different story. Any idiot can pick someone up and throw them,
but drawing money is a different animal.”

On Chris
Jericho calling him the worst commentator he’s ever heard:
“Here’s the
story on that. At the time, Chris was a young guy and he didn’t know what he was
doing, along with a bunch of other guys; there was a whole group of them. There
was Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko, and maybe even
someone else, and these were the newer guys coming in to WCW trying to get a
break. They were getting upset at the promotion, and a couple of times at me but
it wasn’t my fault…These guys were all good athletes, but they were all 5’8″,
5’10”, 180 pounds, 190 pounds, and at that time in WCW who were the big stars
that they were pushing? Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Sid Vicious; these
guys that were 6’8″, 6’6″, 300 pounds. So when they were wrestling these guys,
every once in a while I’d be getting a message over the voice on the headsets
about ‘Hey, mention how much Sid Vicious towers over Dean Malenko’ or ‘How much
bigger Kevin Nash makes Jericho look like an ant’. I didn’t want anybody telling
me what to say and I ignored them anyway, but I got the drift. And in that time,
what could you say; Jericho’s as big as Sid Vicious? So I think the guys let
some steam off on me, but it really wasn’t me talking; the office wanted those
points made to push their big stars who were giants compared to this new
generation of smaller, high-flying guys that were trying to get in. So I don’t
blame him for saying it; if everybody liked everybody it would be a pretty
boring world.”

He also spoke
about wrestling in New England and Northeast (compared to the rest of the
country), his thoughts on the WWE Network, the Dangerous Alliance, working with
Bobby Heenan and if he feels like “cool” heels like the nWo hurt the
business.



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