Bruno Sammartino Dead At 82

19 April, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Joshua Bennett

Wrestling icon Bruno Sammartino died Wednesday as announced by WWE on their website. The outlet says he He died "peacefully" after recently battling health issues.

Born in Italy in 1935, Sammartino was a two-time WWWF (now WWE) World Heavyweight champion.

In 1963, Sammartino captured his first championship against Buddy Rogers in just 43 seconds, becoming the second-ever champion in the WWF.

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.

After a falling-out with the company that lasted more than two decades, Sammartino returned to the fold in 2013, when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Arnold Schwarzenegger at Madison Square Garden.

"Bruno Sammartino proved that hard work can overcome even the most difficult of circumstances".

WWE paid tribute to Bruno Sammartino today at a live event in South Africa by giving the wrestling legend a ten-bell salute following his passing.

Once Sammartino switched from power lifting to professional wrestling, he became the biggest star in history. He was 82 years old.

Like those born in the Great Depression, who grew up only knowing Franklin Roosevelt as USA president thanks to his record four terms and 12 years in office, Sammartino had a similar effect in wrestling to many who came of age in the decades which followed. 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.

"Bruno is indirectly responsible for where I am today". They eventually joined Bruno's father in Pittsburgh in 1950.

According to Cageside Seats, Bruno Sammartino is survived by his wife, Carol, and their three sons and four grandchildren.

A true friend...and one of the toughest people I've ever met.

Olympic gold medalist and WWE star Kurt Angle, a Pittsburgh native, called Sammartino "a hometown hero" who carried himself with dignity and was courteous to fans.

My thoughts are with his entire family.



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