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 Posted: Sun Nov 25th, 2018 05:31 pm
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Tom Burke posted on Facebook that long-time St. Louis wrestling fan/historian/promoter/publicist Larry Matysik passed away.
No further details were posted.
(Sorry I misspelled his name in subject line).

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He just wants *one more* interview with Bruiser Brody, I respect the lengths he is taking to get it. RIP to the guy that brought us the cool Classic St Louis DVDs that came out ten years ago.



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His books could’ve been interesting but were so biased and punctuated by markdom for the guys he idolized that they were mostly unreadable. A shame because he saw a lot of cool stuff during his time working for Muchnick.



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srossi wrote: His books could’ve been interesting but were so biased and punctuated by markdom for the guys he idolized that they were mostly unreadable. A shame because he saw a lot of cool stuff during his time working for Muchnick.THIS

RIP anyway



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Larry was 72. Cause of death was apparently pneumonia.

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I will remember him mostly for selling out to Vince and helping his takeover. he liked to toot his own horn as well a lot of times. like he always knew best. I found him annoying on commentary as well.
RIP

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Heenan Fan wrote: srossi wrote: His books could’ve been interesting but were so biased and punctuated by markdom for the guys he idolized that they were mostly unreadable. A shame because he saw a lot of cool stuff during his time working for Muchnick.THIS

RIP anyway


I am also going with this.   



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I am so thankful that he was able to spend all that time going through the St. Louis cards, year by year with Gary Cubeta at the 57 Gold site.


They are a treasure trove of fascinating information.


Rest In Peace Larry Matysik.

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Legendary wrestling promoter and announcer Larry Matysik has passed away at the age of 72.

The famed personality who was closely associated with St. Louis wrestling over the decades recently entered hospice care, as reported on Saturday by the Wrestling Observer. He had been suffering from pneumonia with his condition reportedly "deteriorating quickly." Matysik had also suffered several strokes in recent years.

Longtime friend Herb Simmons broke the news Sunday morning on his Facebook page.

It's with heavy heart this morning that I come to each of you and give you the news that my good friend Larry Matysik has lost the battle. As many know his health has been declining over the past several year. I ask that you keep his wife Pat and Daughter Kelly in your thoughts and prayers as the next few days will be hard for them. I will continue to update you on the arrangements when they are available.

Matysik cut his teeth in the wrestling business by working with Sam Muchnick, the longtime National Wrestling Alliance president and St. Louis promoter. Matysik ended up being his top assistant behind the scenes as he became known around the country as one of the top wrestling broadcasters of the era. Matysik became the voice of St. Louis' "Wrestling at the Chase," which was one of the top rated wrestling programs on television. He later wrote a successful book by the same name.

While many fans in the 1970s and 1980s knew Matysik as the famed announcer, his great work behind the scenes as a promoter and booker was just as important. He was instrumental in booking the St. Louis territory, reporting directly to Muchnick and working alongside co-booker Pat O'Connor during one of the most successful periods the territory saw.

When Muchnik exited the wrestling business in the early 1980s, Matysik's role in St. Louis fluctuated. He had issues with his new boss, Bob Geigel, and was off and on with the promotion. The highlight of his time during this period was crafting a storyline between Ric Flair and Bruiser Brody that saw a 1983 match in St. Louis set the city's all time record gate. Following that match, Matysik quit the promotion again over a dispute stemming from the payoffs Flair and Brody received for the show. Matysik felt that Geigel had underpaid the two men and was really the culmination of all the working hostility between he and Geigel.


He stayed active in and around the St. Louis wrestling circuit following the split with Geigel. In later years, Matysik was still closely connected to the wrestling business, helping friends associated with Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling and appearing at wrestling conventions when his health would allow.

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carpetbeggar wrote: I am so thankful that he was able to spend all that time going through the St. Louis cards, year by year with Gary Cubeta at the 57 Gold site.


They are a treasure trove of fascinating information.


Rest In Peace Larry Matysik.

Was that sarcastic?  I never listened to them, but the gold guy was an asshole.



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The Ultimate Sin wrote: carpetbeggar wrote: I am so thankful that he was able to spend all that time going through the St. Louis cards, year by year with Gary Cubeta at the 57 Gold site.


They are a treasure trove of fascinating information.


Rest In Peace Larry Matysik.

Was that sarcastic?  I never listened to them, but the gold guy was an asshole.

No, not at all. Those Matysik interviews were awesome.

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I will agree that Larry, who was a friend, was biased to the people he saw work -- but isn't that the same for all of us? I have fond memories of watching the shitty All-Star Wrestling promotion run by Tomko, and marked out to meet Lobster Man Bruiser Costa, just as I did when I got to take Ed Whalen out for coffee -- and he was a terrible announcer too, but equally iconic. The key, though, is trying to set aside those biases which isn't always easy.

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A good friend of mine wrestles for Simmons and Larry was a mentor to him; he's pretty shaken up about it. I moved to St Louis shortly after the WWF take over so I never got to watch Wrestling at the Chase in its true form. All we got were the syndicated matches with Larry doing the commentary. 2nd most annoying voice in wrestling, right after lance Russell

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GregOliver wrote: I will agree that Larry, who was a friend, was biased to the people he saw work -- but isn't that the same for all of us? I have fond memories of watching the shitty All-Star Wrestling promotion run by Tomko, and marked out to meet Lobster Man Bruiser Costa, just as I did when I got to take Ed Whalen out for coffee -- and he was a terrible announcer too, but equally iconic. The key, though, is trying to set aside those biases which isn't always easy.
Is that Jeff Bruiser Costa? I've never heard of him outside of a Facebook group of people who play the Superstar Wrestling Game.  He posted some things about his career, but I didn't recognize the name.



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