There are very few pioneers in the world of professional wrestling. From Vince McMahon, to Hulk Hogan, to Bret Hart; the true trailblazers and icons that paved way for future generation. But one could argue that without Bruno Sammartino, there wouldn’t be any of them.
Sammartino was, and still is the longest reigning WWE Champion in history. Holding the title for over 11 years, across two reigns in the company, Bruno embodied the spirit of wrestling, overpowering his opponents, much to the awe of the audience.
If there ever was a man that struck fear in the hearts of his foes, yet could greet a fan with a genuine smile on his face, it was Sammartino.
Bruno Sammartino – A true revolutionary in the professional wrestling industry
Bruno was the first pro wrestler who asked the promoter to get him a percentage of the live gates, which we now actively see in the professional wrestling business. Sammartino and Vince McMahon Jr. didn’t exactly see eye to eye, and Bruno stayed away from WWE until he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
WWE paid homage to Bruno, and while the circumstances surrounding his demise haven’t been made public yet, WWE wrote a heart – warming piece about Bruno’s journey, and how he changed the landscape of professional wrestling forever.
“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino passed away at age 82. The story of Bruno Sammartino is the story of the American dream.
The star power and influence of Sammartino was exemplified by the fact that he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was the 188th and final time that Sammartino headlined and sold out Madison Square Garden. WWE extends its condolences to Sammartino’s family, friends and fans.”