By Ryan K Boman, Editor in Chief
On November 25, 2018, Larry Matysik – the longtime voice of Wrestling at the Chase in St. Louis – passed away at the age of 72.
Matysik, who was NWA President Sam Muchnick’s assistant and right-hand man, not only called the matches but also helped run the office for the St. Louis Wrestling Club. At the time, Muchnick’s standing with the Alliance made it the center of grappling world, as most of the industry’s important decisions were often settled there.
During his time on Wrestling at The Chase, Matysik emerged as one of the top broadcasters in the business. Like his contemporaries, Lance Russell in Memphis or Bob Caudle in the Carolina territory, he became legendarily synonymous with the sport in his particular region.
After Muchnick’s retirement, Matysik would go on to promote shows himself, before eventually signing with Vince McMahon and the WWF in 1984.
Despite battling spinal stenosis, Matysik thrived in his time away from the sport, penning several successful books, including the definitive biography of his friend, the late Bruiser Brody. He continued to help promote shows locally in the St. Louis area when his health allowed, and stated he had plans to write at least two more books in the future.
Matysik was inducted in to the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Pat, and his daughter, Kelly.
As the announcer for Wrestling at the Chase and Sam Muchnick’s right-hand man, Larry Matysik became the soundtrack of the sport for a generation of St. Louis fans…