Frankie Kazarian Brought Lanny Poffo to Tears Backstage at All In

In a happy, feel-good wrestling story to round off 2018, this beautiful moment between Frankie Kazarian and Lanny Poffo came full circle backstage at September 1st’s All In show.

Frankie Kazarian and Lanny Poffo shake hands when meeting for the first time back in April, 2018
Frankie Kazarian with Lanny Poffo [photo courtesy of @FrankieKazarian on Twitter]

On the latest edition of The Genius Cast podcast, Lanny Poffo had AMBY and backstage IMPACT Wrestling TV host, Alicia Atout on as a guest. In this fun interview, the two were reminiscing back to what a wonderful experience All In was for everyone involved when Lanny got emotional reminiscing back to a special moment that took place backstage.

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“You know what really touched me?” Poffo began. “Frankie Kazarian.”

“He came up to me and he says, ‘I met you in Los Angeles when I was about eight-years-old.”

Lanny paused for a moment as he began to choke up.

“And [Frankie says], ‘You were nice to me.'”

Lanny stopped again to gain composure. “I’m sorry, I’m getting emotional about it.”

Lanny Poffo continued, “I try to be nice to everybody but not everybody becomes Frankie Kazarian.”

“I said [to Frankie], ‘Well, I’ve followed your career and I am very proud of you.'”

In a tweet earlier in the year, Frankie backed up the sentiments shared by Lanny. “Lanny Poffo was the first wrestler I ever met. It was at the LA sports arena in 1987. I was a very young, excited fan. I never forgot how kind he was. He couldn’t have been more of a gentleman then, and still is to this day.”

Don’t you just love it when things come full circle like this?

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Editor’s edit: After reading our article, Frankie Kazarian took to Twitter to add, “I met Lanny long before meet n’ greets were a thing. He was larger than life. He was a superstar. Still is. Could not have been more kind to this very young kid. Happy to call him my friend. "For us, meeting a fan last a moment. For them, it could last a lifetime."


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JP Zarka created Pro Wrestling Stories in 2015. He's a writer, editor, producer, former host of The Genius Cast podcast alongside Lanny Poffo, teacher/assistant principal, enjoys playing guitar, songwriting, and spending time with his lively daughter! Originally from Chicago, he has called London home since 2008. JP can be reached on Twitter @pws_official or by e-mail at You can hear his music at the YouTube link below.