TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY… AUGUST 9th: The Showdown at Shea

DATELINE: AUGUST 9, 1980 – SHEA STADIUM – FLUSHING, NY


Bruno Sammartino defeats Larry Zbyszko in a steel cage match.    (video)  

Zbyszko had been groomed by Sammartino as his protege. The young Zbyszko was fine with that role for a time, but eventually grew tired of being in the Living Legend’s shadow. He challenged Sammartino to a ‘scientific contest’, only to lose and turn on Bruno. Their bitter feud was one of the highlights of both men’s careers, as well as one of the biggest storylines of the WWWF in the 1970’s.


Zbyzko turns on Bruno to ignite the feud:


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