Wrestler Bruno Sammartino died at the age of 82 years
Wrestler Bruno Sammartino died at the age of 82 years
Bruno Sammartino revolutionised wrestling
19 April, 2018, 06:24
He died peacefully after suffering from health issues for the past few months.
After leaving Italy with his family following the World War II, Sammartino settled in Pittsburgh. He began his record title reign after beating Buddy Rogers at Madison Square Garden on May 17, 1963. He held the title for eight years, the longest reign of any wrestler in any organization ever.
Sammartino struck a cord with those who could relate to his struggles, including Peter Gene Hernandez, whose father nicknamed him "Bruno" by his father due to the resemblance to Bruno Sammartino.
Some fans in the crowd were so shocked by Sammartino's loss that some fans were even crying.
Sammartino made wrestling mainstream from the 1960s on, well before the introduction of WrestleMania.
A rocky relationship between Sammartino and the WWF (now WWE) burdgeoned following his exit from the company in the late '80s, as he was an outspoken critic of current company executive Vince McMahon and WWE, lambasting the direction of the industry. Piper's invectives continued once Sammartino entered the ring, but Sammartino didn't decide to come out of retirement until Piper got so angry that he used a derogatory epithet to insult Bruno.
"RIP Bruno, thank you for loving and living our business, only love HH", Hulk Hogan tweeted.
- ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) April 18, 2018Bruno is indirectly responsible for where I am today.
Former World Wide Wrestling Federation champion Bruno Sammartino has died. "I was lucky enough to spend some time with Bruno, and the man exemplified class".
Sammartino is survived by his wife Carol and his sons, David, Danny and Darryl.
Tributes to the wrestling star have already started pouring in, with Triple H describing Sanmmartino as a "true icon" and admitting to being devastated by his passing.
What are your thoughts on some of the WWE Universe's comments regarding Sammartino's passing?
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