WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino dies at age 82

19 April, 2018, 06:24 | Author: Jared Lewis

Earlier today (Wed. April 18, 2018) it was announced that WWE Hall Of Famer Bruno Sammartino has passed away at age 82.

Sammartino, who was born in Italy, came to the United States in 1950.

Sammartino took the title from Buddy Rogers at Madison Square Garden on May 17, 1963, before relinquishing the belt after a loss to Ivan Koloff on January 18, 1971.

Sammartino would become quite the staple at the Garden holding the championship for almost eight years, the longest reigning champion in professional wrestling history.

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"Sammartino began his wrestling career in 1959, and soon became a popular attraction, making his debut at Madison Square Garden a year later".

"Bruno Sammartino was a legend".

I didn't even know that Sammartino was in poor health, so this is a shock to me.

Injuries forced Sammartino to retire from wrestling full-time in 1980, but it didn't prevent him to return to the ring to feud with the likes of Macho Man Randy Savage, Rowdy Roddy Piper and King Kong Bundy in the WWE. He would hold the title for another four years. As the story goes, Mars (born Peter Gene Hernandez) resembled Sammartino so much that his father chose to start calling him "Bruno" around the time Mars was two years old.

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Sammartino became a broadcaster on WWE's weekend morning shows before his frustration over the company's direction into campier storylines and an outrage over the drug culture he said had permeated the industry led to a bitter, two-decade split with McMahon. "Everything I learned was from Bruno. A true friend...and one of the toughest people I've ever met", tweeted Paul Triple H Levesque.

We at Wrestling Rumors extend our deepest condolences to the entire Sammartino family during this hard time.

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.

Sammartino is survived by his wife Carol and his sons, David, Danny and Darryl. Following the news of his passing, WWE stars paid tribute to Sammartino on social media.

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