Larry Zbyszko’s contributions to the pro wrestling world are well known at this point. He is especially famous for his feud with Bruno Sammartino during the early 80s. Zbyszko’s WWE Hall Of Fame speech was also an infamous one and now it seems the reason for that might have been revealed.

WWE Hall of Fame speeches tend to become emotional ramblings, as most inductees have a lot of things to get off their chest. This included Larry Zbyszko, whose 2015 WWE Hall Of Fame speech was criticized for a lot of reasons.

While speaking on the Kliq This podcast, Kevin Nash talked about the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame. He recalled how ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund didn’t like Larry Zbyszko’s Hall Of Fame speech one bit. In fact, Nash even claimed that Zbyszko was stoned before giving his speech.

”So it’s 2015 and [Mean] Gene’s next to me, and Zbyszko had gotten stoned before [the show began. Larry had gotten stoned before he went out and did the Hall of Fame. Of course, you think in your mind ‘I’ll get stoned and I’ll be really entertaining.


I’m in [Row] C. Gene is D and Larry is on the other side of Gene in the aisle. And he says ‘how did I do Gene?’ And he replies ‘it was the absolute drizzling sh*ts.

The worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life Larry. And Larry was waiting [for Gene to say something good about the speech] and he just turned back to me and was talking.”

WWE’s stance on cannabis has softened over the years, as the company hasn’t even issued fine for marijuana in many years. Regardless, Zbyszko’s speech will always be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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