The charismatic Sammartino, an Italian immigrant who settled in Pittsburgh, certainly drew well in Italian-American communities on the east coast.
"Bruno held the WWE Championship for almost eight years - by far the longest reign of all time, and a record for all professional wrestling champions, no matter the organisation". Professional wrestling promoter Vincent J. McMahon helped propel Sammartino into a star in sports entertainment, but it was his victory over Buddy Rogers at Madison Square Garden in 1963 that won him the WWE Championship.
"Bruno Sammartino was a legend".
- Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) April 18, 2018At Wrestlemania 30 I had the chance to meet Bruno Sammartino. Many wrestlers during his era aimed to connect with fans via World War II-based storylines - heroes and villains alike - but Sammartino could tell his tale without unnecessary embellishment, and the fans ate it up.
Bruno Sammartino wrestles “Mr Wonderful” Paul Orndorff
During his first reign, Sammartino headlined the first wrestling card at the then-new MSG.
Sammartino's name on the marquee about guaranteed a squared circle sellout in the 1960s and 1970s and he held the World Wide Wrestling Federation championship for more than 11 years (4,040 days) over two title runs. According to the WWE, he retired from the ring in 1981 and a few years later he returned as a broadcaster until 1988. "Everything I learned was from Bruno". Of course in those days, the pro-wrestling promotion was not called "WWE", but it's the same company - just with a very different look and reach. They eventually joined his father in Pittsburgh in 1950.
"Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man.A true friend.and one of the toughest people I've ever met". Following the news of his passing, WWE stars paid tribute to Sammartino on social media.
We at Wrestling Rumors extend our deepest condolences to the entire Sammartino family during this hard time.
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