Professional Wrestling Legend Bruno Sammartino Has Died

Bessie Dean
April 19, 2018

I'm very sad of the GREATEST of all time, Bruno Sammartino has left us.

He had allegedly been dealing with health issues the past few months.

In 1963, he defeated Buddy "Natural Guy" Rogers in just 48 seconds to become the second-ever World Wrestling Entertainment champion in front of almost 20,000 fans at the old Madison Square Garden in New York City.

While Sammartino did spend some time disagreeing with the changes being made in the WWE, he did reconcile with the organization, and was finally inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2013. He retired from the ring in 1981. As WWE noted in its obituary, that put him on the world's radar, and Vincent J. McMahon Sr. invited him to join what was then known as the World Wide Wrestling Federation. WWE extended its condolences to Sammartino's family in a statement Wednesday. When I was w/him I knew I was w/pure class & greatness. Bruno was the longest-reigning WWE Champion and the most beloved competitor in the history of the squared circle. He will be missed.

Thank you, Bruno Sammartino, for everything you gave to us.

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"Bruno is indirectly responsible for where I am today". Growing up in Pittsburgh, he was my father's hero, and sparked my dad's passion for the business that he passed on to me.

"It was the first time in my life I saw weights, and it didn't seem like there were any small enough that I could lift".

Sammartino was one of the greatest athletes to ever take to the squared circle and a central figure in the rise of wrestling in America. My thoughts are with his friends and family.

Former pro wrestler Bruno Sammartino, 65, poses with a painting of him in his pro wrestling prime weighing 275 pounds in 1965 at age 35, in his Pittsburgh home Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000.

Sammartino seconded his son, David, at the inaugural WrestleMania in 1985 for his match with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.

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