EDITORS NOTE: We just received word that this event has been postponed and is rescheduled for Oct. 11.
WHO: WrestleRace 8.0
WHERE: Blood Hound Underground Indianapolis Speedrome, at Brookville Road and Kitley Avenue
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 12
TICKETS: $25, $10 and $5 (kids under 5 free) Tickets available at the Speedrome Pit Office or by phone 317-353-8206
For the third year in a row, the Blood Hound Underground Indianapolis Speedrome will host a night of racing and wrestling at WrestleRace 8.0 this Friday.
In addition to the American Wrestling Association card that features Larry Zbyszko, Ricky Landell, Steve Corino, The Patriot and Dick the Bruiser Jr.; The Speedrome Hornets, Roadrunners, Faskarts and Junior Faskarts will provide plenty of racing action at the longtime, Eastside racing venue.
In 2007, pro wrestling’s self-proclaimed “Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko returned to the AWA and showed that he could still ruffle some feathers when he claimed that he had never lost the organization’s World Heavyweight Championship in the ring, and that he should be recognized as the champion.
The company’s hierarchy eventually agreed with Zbyszko, and the 54-year-old wrestler won the title nearly 18 years after he had last worn the strap.
Zbyszko’s career in the business started in 1973 under the tutelage of another wrestling icon, Bruno Sammartino. Eventually Zbyszko grew tired of being in Sammartino’s shadow and the teacher and student started a feud that culminated in a “cage match” in front of 36,295 people in New York’s Shea Stadium in August 1980.
In the 1990s, Zbyszko moved on to World Championship Wrestling where he continued to wrestle and became one of the company’s top commentators. Zbyszko worked the independent circuit before a run with Total Nonstop Wrestling from 2003 through 2006, after World Wrestling Entertainment bought WCW.
Last year Zbyszko returned to the independent circuit and began to state his claim that he was the rightful owner of the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. After much deliberation, Zbyszko’s claim was found justified, and the “Living Legend” was once again champion.
Zbyszko’s autobiography, “Adventures in Larryland,” was published earlier this year.