The world of professional wrestling has been paying tribute to the legendary Larry King, who sadly passed away on January 23 – aged 87.
Larry King, a broadcasting icon with a reported 50,000 interviews under his belt, passed away in Los Angeles. Though no cause of death has been revealed, King had been hospitalised in early January, battling COVID-19.
King has interviewed countless professional wrestlers throughout his career. From Bruno Sammartino to John Cena, to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Larry King was featured as a guest host on an episode of Raw in 2012, appearing alongside a number of WWE Superstars.
WWE released this statement following King’s passing:
“WWE is saddened to learn that Larry King passed away at the age of 87.
The talk show titan reimagined possibilities in the world of television with his iconic “The Larry King Show.” Prominent figures from the entertainment, sports and political worlds graced his show nightly, but King made a special impact on the national coverage of wrestling.
“They are incredible athletes, their fan following is amazing, but their results are never in the paper… To me, if someone is interesting, then I am curious. And wrestlers—and wrestling—are interesting,” King once told Sports Illustrated.
When “The Larry King Show” debuted on Ora.TV in 2012, King featured a special WWE Superstars episode that included John Cena, The Miz & Maryse, Big Show and more. After being named Social Media Ambassador for Raw, King would bring his legendary show to the red brand in 2012. It was an eventful night for two-time Peabody Award winner, as the A-Lister memorably couldn’t help but crash his set and King also provided some life advice to Daniel Bryan.
WWE extends its condolences to King’s family and friends.”
Former WWE Superstar CM Punk tweeted a picture of himself and King during Punk’s WWE Championship reign, alongside the caption ‘Broadcasting legend! #RIPLarryKing’.
— player/coach (@CMPunk) January 23, 2021
WWE Hall of Famer, The Iron Sheik also took to Twitter to pay tribute. Alongside a picture of King, The Sheik tweeted:
“LARRY KING YOU WERE THE KING OF THE TV FOREVER I LOVE YOU BUBBA. GOD BLESS YOU CHAMPION”
AEW’s Chris Jericho took to Instagram to pay tribute to King. ‘The Demo God’ has appeared as a guest of Larry King’s several times, and King has even appeared on an episode of ‘Talk is Jericho’:
“Sad to hear of the passing of the LEGENDARY #LarryKing! I had the pleasure of appearing on #LarryKingLive & @larrykingnow a total of 6 times and had the honor of having Larry & his wife at the time @shawnieora on #TalkIsJericho. (He told a great story about rear ending somebody in NYC in 1959. When he got out the car he realized the guy he hit was JFK!) He was one of my favorite people to be interviewed by, because you never knew what he was gonna ask or where his train of thought would go. We always had a great rapport and he even referred to me as “My boy Chris Jericho”, when he was promoting his guests for the week […] I always enjoyed my time with Larry and I’ll miss hanging with him in the future. Godspeed to one of the greatest of all time at what he did!”
Inside The Ropes sends its condolences to the family and friends of Larry King.