Arnold Schwarzenegger Remembers Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino revolutionised wrestling

With the WWWF reigning as the top wrestling promotion in the NY area, Bruno Sammartino became the company's second world champion, defeating Buddy Rogers on May 17, 1963. He sold out Madison Square Garden 187 times and captured the hearts of fans as one of the longest-reigning world champions for WWF, holding the belt for almost 8 consecutive years.

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.

- Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) April 18, 2018Growing up, my grandfather Stu Hart would ALWAYS talk about Bruno Sammartino and what an incredible wrestler he was.

I didn't even know that Sammartino was in poor health, so this is a shock to me. After impressing many with his moves and stunts, Sammartino was put on TV, where he was seen by wrestling promoter Rudy Miller, who recruited Sammartino to be a pro wrestler.

Sammartino did so while also strongly advocating against any use of performance enhancing drugs, and therefore did not lose an ounce of credibility during any of the numerous PED scandals over the years within the wrestling business. Sammartino beat Buddy Rogers to win the WWWF title and went on to hold the championship for more then seven years, or 2,803 days.

Following his retirement from the sport in 1981, Sammartino would later serve as a commentator. "WWE extends its condolences to Sammartino's family, friends and fans", the company wrote via their website.

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"Bruno is indirectly responsible for where I am today".

The City of Pittsburgh, where Sammartino lived during his adult life, took to Twitter to honor the legend: "We lost another legend today". They eventually joined his father in Pittsburgh in 1950.

My thoughts are with his entire family.

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

WWE released the following statement about the passing of Sammartino.

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