Bruno Sammartino, Dead at 82

Bruno SammartinoBruno Sammartino was 82. He was the professional wrestler who held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship (later known as WWF, then WWE) for over 11 years across two reigns, the first of which is the longest single reign in the promotion's history at 2,803 days. I was enamoured by his feuds with Brutis Beefcake, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in the mid-to-late 80s.

Bruno Sammartino

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A true champion back when wrestling actually meant something. My father would regale me
with stories of watching him wrestle live in the '60s. RIP.

April 18, 2018 @ 10:31 AM


Bruno Sammartino almost died escaping Nazis in WW2. His family hid in the mountains. His mom traveled up and down the mountain to bring back food and water. He moved to the states and was so sickly he got beat up. Hit the weights and was a borderline Olympian.......all before his wrestling career.

This man was the definition of the "American Dream" (no dusty Rhodes pun intended).

April 18, 2018 @ 11:43 AM


I didn't know he was still alive.

I wasn't watching wrestling during his heyday. I only remember him in the mid-80s when he was still doing WWF matches as a sort of honoured elder statesman. I remember his son having a match at the first Wrestlemania.

I think Sammartino was a commentator on WWF broadcasts for a while, too.

April 18, 2018 @ 12:14 PM


For a former wrestler, he lived a long life. A generation ago, it was a tough way to make a living. To save money, most traveled long distances by car from one show to the next and you often had to perform on consecutive nights. Many used steroids to recover more quickly from injuries, because a wrestler could not afford to miss too many shows, since the pay was not particularly good. Most of the wrestlers I followed when I was a teen have passed away, many in their sixties and seventies.

April 18, 2018 @ 2:43 PM

Lou Schizas

I watched him on WOR TV in NYC in the 1960's - his arch enemy - GEORGE " THE ANIMAL" STEEL

Wrestling came on before the Sherlock Holmes series made in the 40's staring Basil Rathbone -

April 18, 2018 @ 9:41 PM

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