Larry Zbyszko is a WWE Hall of Famer, and he recently spoke about filing a lawsuit against the WWE and former WWE star Chris Jericho. Larry was on the It’s My Wrestling Podcast where he spoke about it. Larry is a former WWWF, AWA, and WCW wrestler.
He fought some of the best wrestlers in the world when Vince McMahon Sr. was in charge of WWWF. He used to use the moniker ‘Living Legend’ while he was still competing. He filed a lawsuit against the WWE and Chris Jericho when Jericho started using the moniker ‘Living Legend’ in 2001.
Larry Zbyszko Reveals Why He Filed a Lawsuit Against Chris Jericho and the WWE
“Even though WCW just ended I was still using the ‘Living Legend” to do independent wrestling, TNA stuff when they started, so I was still using the living legend – that was my trademark,” Zbyszko noted.
“And then he (Jericho) started using the living legend. I kind of was talking to some WWE people, I was actually trying to maybe work something out where I come in and wrestle Jericho – but then it didn’t work out so I wound up kind of filing a lawsuit against them to make them shut up.
“We filed it but then it was just kind of like a double knockout and nothing happened. Okay, we won’t use it, okay good. I mean there really wasn’t much I could do, I could come in and do broadcasting, I was getting too old to wrestle.
I mean, there’s no hard feelings against the WWE or anything”. He then spoke about Vince McMahon Sr. who is the father of current WWE CEO, Vince McMahon. “He was an approachable and very smooth character,” Larry Zbyskzo recalled.
“I mean, if you watched movies from the 1930s and 40s and 50s, Mr. McMahon Senior was like the perfect promoter from an old movie. I mean, he’d be walking down the back of the garden and even have his cashmere long, light brown jacket on.
He had this habit of always having like four or five quarters in his hand, and he’d like to move them around a little bit. So you get here a little jingling and you know Vince is coming. But he was a classy guy, had grey hair, always looked good.
If someone had a good idea he’d do it. If somebody had a bad idea you know, he had agents like Gorilla Monsoon, and obviously some of the guys if they kept bugging him too much and Vince knew that this is not a great idea he’d say, ‘You know what, that’s a good idea, I’m gonna go think about that.’ Then later that night, he’d go into one of the offices and see Gorilla Monsoon there and go – Gorilla.
Fire that guy. So then it wasn’t Vince that was the bad guy it was one of those agents. One of the middlemen, but that’s the way the business had to go in those days”.