49 Facts About Bruno Sammartino

1. Bruno Sammartino made his studio wrestling debut in 1959 where he fought out Dmitri Grabowski in just 19 seconds.

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2. Bruno Sammartino seemed to know his fate and was reflective, Costa said.

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3. Bruno Sammartino stood for what was right, he said, that good could defeat evil.

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4. Bruno Sammartino never bought into his celebrity status, despite rubbing shoulders with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Donald Trump, who once requested a private meeting with him, Costa said.

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5. Bruno Sammartino left the cage with swollen eyes and shredded clothes.

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6. Bruno Sammartino has been married to his wife Carol since 1959 and they have three sons, David, and fraternal twins, Danny and Darryl.

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7. In 2013, Bruno Sammartino appeared as one of the Board of Governors in the nationally-televised 69th Annual Columbus Day Parade.

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8. Bruno Sammartino asked him what he was doing to which Fleming replied "You're nothing but a washed up old man.

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9. Bruno Sammartino worked several World Championship Wrestling events in a minor analysis role in the early 1990s, as well as a brief run doing color commentary with Jim Ross on WCW Saturday Night in 1992.

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10. Bruno Sammartino ended up exchanging blows with Muta at the end of the match and ran him off.

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11. On October 28, 1989, Bruno Sammartino made a special appearance at the NWA PPV Halloween Havoc, where he was the special guest referee in a " Thunderdome " cage match which featured Ric Flair and Sting taking on Terry Funk and The Great Muta.

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12. Bruno Sammartino was the sole survivor of the match pinning the Honky Tonk Man for the win.

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13. In 1986 Bruno Sammartino competed in a 20-man battle royal at WrestleMania 2 in at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago.

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14. Bruno Sammartino headlined cards that filled both the third and current Madison Square Gardens on a monthly basis.

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15. Bruno Sammartino kept this title for seven years, eight months, and one day.

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16. Bruno Sammartino found out that his suspension was due to his skipping a match he was booked for in Baltimore.

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17. Bruno Sammartino found himself with even fewer dates and payoffs than the first time he wrestled for McMahon.

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18. Bruno Sammartino was then told by Rudy Miller to jump back to McMahon.

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19. In the movie Legends Never Die, Bruno Sammartino stated that it took him many years to get over that incident.

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20. On February 18, 1961, Bruno Sammartino faced Chick Garibaldi in an afternoon match at the Sunnyside Gardens in New York.

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21. Bruno Sammartino became known for performing strongman stunts in the Pittsburgh area, and sportscaster Bob Prince put him on his television show.

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22. Bruno Sammartino competed in bodybuilding and won "Mr Allegheny" in the late 1950s.

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23. Bruno Sammartino wanted to build himself up physically and became devoted to weight training.

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24. Bruno Sammartino was the longest reigning WWE Champion in history, an unmatched box-office attraction and an inspiration to a generation of kids who grew up admiring The Italian Superman.

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25. Bruno Sammartino has celebrated the total number of 83 birthdays till date.

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26. Bruno Sammartino wrestled less often after but he did have classic feud with Larry Zbyszko that ended in a steel cage match at Shea Stadium in 1980.

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27. Bruno Sammartino was born on October 6, 1935 in Italy.

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28. In 2013, Bruno Sammartino appeared as one of the Board of Governors in the nationally televised 69th Annual Columbus Day Parade.

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29. Bruno Sammartino was married to his wife Carol from 1959 until his death in 2018.

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30. Bruno Sammartino appeared in the WWE 2K14 video game as a downloadable character.

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31. Bruno Sammartino ended up in a screaming match with Cimino on Pittsburgh's local Studio Wrestling program, and Cimino suspended him for a month.

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32. In the late 1960s, Bruno Sammartino was involved in a fight with former Pennsylvania Athletic Commissioner Joe Cimino.

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33. Bruno Sammartino appeared on the October 7, 2013, episode of Raw and received a birthday greeting in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

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34. In 2013, Bruno Sammartino accepted an invitation for induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, after having declined several times in prior years.

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35. Bruno Sammartino worked several WCW events in a minor analysis role in the early 1990s, as well as a brief run doing color commentary with Jim Ross on Saturday Night in 1992.

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36. Bruno Sammartino worked as a commentator for the Universal Wrestling Federation.

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37. Bruno Sammartino continued doing commentary on Superstars of Wrestling until March 1988.

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38. In 1986, Bruno Sammartino competed in a 20-man battle royal at WrestleMania 2 at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago.

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39. Bruno Sammartino would eventually get the upper hand in the feud, by defeating Piper in a steel cage match at the Boston Garden.

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40. Bruno Sammartino teamed with Paul Orndorff in his matches against Piper, while Piper would tag with his "bodyguard", Ace "Cowboy" Bob Orton.

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41. Bruno Sammartino faced Piper in both singles and tag team matches.

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42. Bruno Sammartino engaged in a feud with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper after Piper insulted his heritage on a segment of Piper's Pit at Madison Square Garden.

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43. Bruno Sammartino retired from North American wrestling full-time in 1981, in a match that opened the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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44. Bruno Sammartino won the title on May 17, 1963, defeating Rogers in 48 seconds.

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45. Bruno Sammartino made his Toronto debut in March 1962 and very quickly, with the help of self-promotion in local newspapers and radio programs, became an attraction.

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46. On the advice of wrestler Yukon Eric, Bruno Sammartino contacted Toronto promoter Frank Tunney hoping to take advantage of Toronto's large Italian population.

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47. Bruno Sammartino was forced to return to Pittsburgh and found work as a laborer.

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48. In his autobiography, Bruno Sammartino states that he believed McMahon set him up, by double-booking him and not informing him of his match in Baltimore, as a way of punishment.

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49. Bruno Sammartino made his professional debut in Pittsburgh on December 17, 1959, pinning Dmitri Grabowski in 19 seconds.

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