Larry Matysik

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Larry Matysik (April 26, 1947 – November 25, 2018)[1] was an American professional wrestling commentator, promoter and author best known for his commentary on Wrestling at the Chase.

Biography[edit]

In 1963, Matysik was hired by St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick at the age of 16 to work as a publicist and office manager. In 1970, Matysik became an announcer for his promotion.[2][3] Along with Gordon Solie and Lance Russell, Matysik was considered one of the top wrestling announcers in the country.[2] He remained Wrestling at the Chase's ringside announcer until the show went off the air in 1983.[4] He would also occasionally do commentary for the American Wrestling Association.[5]

Behind the scenes, Matysik was responsible for several aspects of the business. He served as co-booker with Pat O'Connor and was partly responsible for the company's success in the late 1970's.[5] In 1982, Matysik severed ties with the St. Louis office and started a promotion outside the control of the National Wrestling Alliance.[6] Matysik was a close friend of Bruiser Brody, who created the promotion with him. Their promotion was financially successful, but issues behind-the-scenes caused problems for financiers.[5] From 1984 to 1993, Matysik worked for Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation.[3]

In later years, he remained active on the independent circuit and authored many books. He was also responsible for creating the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame,[7] and was personally inducted in 2007.[8] He battled a number of health issues towards the end of his life, including spinal stenosis[7] and he suffered at least three strokes.[5] He received the James C. Melby Award from the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014 but was too ill to attend the ceremony.[9] On November 24, 2018 it was reported that he had entered hospice care,[5] and he died the following day.[3] In his obituary, Wrestling Observer Newsletter founder Dave Meltzer wrote that he "learned more about pro wrestling from him than perhaps any other individual".[7]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • Missouri Wrestling Revival
    • Lifetime Achievement Award (2010)[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry G. Matysik Obituary". legacy.com. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Meltzer, Dave (January 1, 2018). "Former Wrestling At The Chase Host Larry Matysik Hospitalized". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Eschman, Todd (November 25, 2018). "Larry Matysik, the voice of 'Wrestling at the Chase,' dies after lengthy illness". Belleville News-Democrat. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Holleman, Joe (November 26, 2018). "'Wrestling at the Chase' announcer Larry Matysik dies at 72". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e Meltzer, Dave (November 24, 2018). "Larry Matysik enters hospice care". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Hornbaker, Tim (2006). National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Pro Wrestling. ECW Press. p. 354. ISBN 1-55022-741-6.
  7. ^ a b c Meltzer, Dave (November 25, 2018). "Larry Matysik Passes Away at 72 Years Old". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Halls of Fame - St. Louis Wrestling". St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Oliver, Greg (June 30, 2014). "Larry Matysik has earned the Melby Award for wrestling journalism". Slam! Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  10. ^ http://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org/news/2018-12-20-larry-matysik.html
  11. ^ Simmons, Herb (November 25, 2018). "Wrestling at the Chase Great and Friend to the Wrestling Fan Larry Matysik Passes Away". Missouri Wrestling Revival. Retrieved December 1, 2018.

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