“Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe, taking on Dominic DeNucci at Madison Square Garden in 1980.
If you’re a longtime professional wrestling fan with specific memories of the NWA and early-WCW, it’s incredibly likely that you remember Larry Sharpe. Sharpe had a pretty decent career as a mid-card wrestler, but he’s likely best remembered for running the legendary Monster Factory, which he and Buddy Rogers opened in 1983 in Paulsboro, New Jersey. For the uninitiated, the Monster Factory is notable for produced perhaps more pro wrestling stars than any one training facility before WWE consolidated its developmental promotions to its Performance Center and NXT.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Sharpe (real name Larry Weil) passed away on the night of Monday, April 10th 2017, at the age of 66 after a long battle with liver cancer. Nicknamed “Pretty Boy,” Larry Sharpe was a charismatic heel (as his nickname would suggest) who worked in basically multiple wrestling promotions from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. He would later go on to run the aforementioned Monster Factory, training stars and legends such as: Bam Bam Bigelow, Tony Atlas, King Kong Bundy, Chris Candido, The Godfather, Tatanka, Balls Mahoney, Raven, D’Lo Brown, Sheamus, etc.
For funsies, here’s Sharpe getting all up in Jerry Lawler’s grill and riling up the Memphis locals back in 1986:
Rest in Peace, Larry Sharpe