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Legendary Wrestler Bruno Sammartino Dead At 82

Legendary Wrestler Bruno Sammartino Dead At 82

Sammartino was a staple at Madison Square Garden during his time atop the then-WWWF with his legendary clashes against some of the most dastardly heels in professional wrestling history. He had reportedly been battling health issues for the past two months.

He will be remembered as one of the greatest champions in wrestling history, with a combined title reign of over 11 years and more than 180 sold out shows at Madison Square Garden.

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.

Our thoughts are with his family and fans during this painful time.

Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino was born in Pizzoferrato, Abruzzo, Italy. He leaves behind a wife, Carol, who he was married to for almost 60 years, and three children. The impressive feat reportedly made wrestling promoter Vincent J. McMahon take notice, leading Sammartino to a career in sports entertainment.

Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino is declared the champion. When he lost the title to Ivan Koloff in 1971, grown men in the crowd were seen weeping, but on December 10, 1973, Sammartino became the first two-time WWE Champion and held the title for an additional three-and-a-half years. "I'll miss you, Bruno".

"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 is widely considered as one of the all-time greats regardless of era and was the one of the first megastars of the business during the early days of the WWE.

Hansen was mortified at what had happened and nearly didn't call Sammartino, but when he did call him, Bruno told him he knew it was a mistake and accepted his apology.

Natalya Neidhard tweeted: "Growing up, my grandfather Stu Hart would ALWAYS talk about Bruno Sammartino and what an incredible wrestler he was". Many came and many went but there's no one like Bruno.


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