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[1980-03-24-WWF-MSG, NY] Bruno Sammartino vs Larry Zbyszko

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If you want a hot crowd and heated/hate brawling then this is for you. They do an excellent job at getting heat for the feud. Larry is a great heel who can’t back up what he started and Bruno is super frustrated and just wants to pound on Zbyszko. ***

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The crowd reactions for the opening armdrags were tremendous. Roaring. Bruno is in control for the majority just beating up and yanking Larry's arm off. Larry finally takes control after an eye-poke. and gate keeping Bruno from entering the ring. Ends with Bruno trying to rip Larry's head clean off his body while his foot is tied up in the ropes. 

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Absolutely fantastic. Similar story and ending as the preceding Philly match, but the body of the match is completely different.

I love how they take the layout of the initial Championship Wrestling heel turn match and replace Bruno's hesitancy and care towards Larry with rage and competitiveness. It makes what could have been stretches of "rest holds" into something much more meaningful and entertaining. Plus both guys really play into the brutality and power of the stuff Bruno throws at Larry.

Love, love, love how Larry is able to take control by brawling. Bruno seems so focused on cranking on the holds he refused to lay into for their first exhibition and Larry knows the only way he has a chance is to beat Bruno down with kicks and punches and cheap stuff.

And the ending is magnificent. They end up outside where Larry slams Bruno's head into the mat (with an awesome sell job by Bruno) and then keeps beating on him as he comes back in. Eventually Bruno starts to "Bruno up" and Larry tries to recreate the circumstances of his control segment by running outside, letting Bruno follow and cheapshotting him again as he comes in. Repeat a few more times until Bruno finally catches Larry before he can leave the ring and starts his own beatdown. Unfortunately Larry gets his foot caught in the ropes and as Dick Kroll tries to separate them, he gets inadvertently shoved down leading to a DQ win for Larry.

Perfect storytelling, especially to continue the feud for more MSG shows. Bruno gets a measure of revenge, but Larry sneaks away with the victory and the fans want to see him get his shoulders pinned so they'll keep coming out for this.

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