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  Professional Wrestling Online Museum - Spotlight on Bruno Sammartino
Bruno Sammartino is considered by many to be the greatest WW(W)F champion of all-time.
Bruno, already incredibly popular and respected after only 4 years in the sport, went on to establish the brand new W.W.W.F. and gave credibility to Vince McMahon Sr.'s new heavyweight championship by building a WWWF fan base unlike anyone else until Hulk Hogan.
Sammartino eventually took a short sabbatical from the WWWF after losing the title to Koloff, and during one of his few non-WWWF ventures, he travelled to the Midwest and won the World Wrestling Association (W.W.A.) World Tag Team title with Dick The Bruiser on July7, 1973.
www.wrestlingmuseum.com /pages/bios/halloffame/brunobio.html   (1297 words)

  Bruno Sammartino on Pro Wrestling Radio!
Bruno: What happened was when he brought them in, he found out there was not going to be any big spark, any rejuvenation of his business in bringing back something new, so he sees that and finds a way to get rid of these people.
Bruno: Toots Mondt was an equal partner with McMahon, and even though McMahon was the guy that you saw all of the time, Toots stayed in the background, but when they had their meetings, Toots had every much a say as McMahon, because they were equal partners, but Toots preferred to stay in the background.
Bruno: Yes, I was in Japan with Baba when he first started, I helped him out by appearing for him, I was already well established in Japan, so I helped him out when he went on his own, and broke away from his other organization.
www.prowrestlingradio.com /bruno1.html   (5072 words)

 Ring of Honor Discussion Forum - Bruno Sammartino to ROH?
Sammartino signed an exclusive deal with Wrestlereunion promoter Sal Corrente and will be appearing only at events promoted under their umbrella from this point on.
Bruno is a true legend, but as said previously, I doubt it would have drawn any additional fans to the show, especially if it's on the same day as the Hall Of Fame ceremony that will see Bret Hart (and perhaps Dusty and Guerrero) inducted.
Bruno was in his heyday before I was born, but I made sure, and my father made sure too, that I watched Bruno tapes because the guy is really an amazing performer and probably the strongest babyface I've ever seen in my life.
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Bruno Sammartino (Speaker) - If it was for the WWWF that I represented for all those years, but I don't consider myself a part of the WWF.
Bruno Sammartino (Speaker) - It's possible because there have been a few people in touch with me who want to get back to wrestling without the gimmicks and the nonsense and they have asked me to be involved as an advisor.
Bruno Sammartino (Speaker) - That was the time Bill Watts invited me. I had a couple of meetings to discuss the situation with the wrestling down there, and that was at the same time so I appeared at that event.
www.solie.org /interviews/brunochat.html   (6085 words)

 Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
Bruno was born on October 6, 1935 and his family moved to America fifteen years later.
Bruno's opponents dreaded his powerful "bearhug" hold, which would squeeze the oxygen out of their lungs.
Bruno was probably the strongest all-natural wrestler in history.
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 Bruno Samarrtino Bio.
Bruno was born in Abruzzi, Italy and immigrated here to the United States at age 15.
It was a night of humiliation for Bruno and a night of victory for Koloff who boasted and bragged about how he became the only man to ever defeat Sammartino, and that Bruno was no living legend.
Bruno had survived against every hold & maneuver his opponents used on him: "The Lariat", "The Heart-Punch", "The Claw", "The Axe", and "The Swinging Neckbreaker", every kind of match from a "Texas Death" & "Russian Chain" to even a "Sicilian Stretcher" match and he still held onto the title.
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Sammartino then fought back to his feet and appeared to be overpowering Graham, but it was to no avail, as Graham applied more pressure and once again had the advantage.
Bruno Sammartino appeared to be on his way to another successful championship defense.
Sammartino, his manager Arnold Skaaland (another WWE Hall of Famer), and the majority of the fans in attendance were outraged by what had just taken place.
www.angelfire.com /wrestling/cawthon777/brunograhamreview.htm   (1231 words)

Bruno Sammartino wasn't a huge, hulking marvel of a man like WWF champions who would come later, nor did he have a gimmick to thank for his success.
Bruno was praised for the "comeback of the century," while Hansen emerged from the incident with a legend of his own to capitalize on.
Sammartino defeated Zbyszko in a cage match at Shea Stadium on August 9, 1980 in the most famous of their encounters.
www.wrestleline.com /columns/circa/circa060900.shtml   (1660 words)

 Wrestling with fame: Bruno Sammartino still a hero to fans
Bruno, who is almost 6 feet tall and slimmed down to 215 from 270 in his early wrestling days, eats low-fat food now.
Bruno said he didn't want to return to the ring as a middle-aged man with injuries, but his son asked him to.
Bruno doesn't get cable, so he is critiquing it at the request of a reporter at his son Danny's house, where his Worldwide Wrestling Federation championship belt is framed above the mantel.
www.post-gazette.com /magazine/19981028bruno1.asp   (2038 words)

 Bruno Sammartino Interview: WWE, Vince McMahon, Larry Zbyszko, And More
Bruno tells the real story of how Buddy was completely fit, how Rogers he had his wrestling license revoked and then re-instated, and how the two even wrestled the week before in a non-title match where Bruno won with a backbreaker.
However, Bruno puts the injury down to the fact that because he was so regular at MSG (Madison Square Garden), he didn’t realize that not everybody else was; for others it was a special occasion and they were more nervous in the ring than he was.
Bruno said that someone told him about it after it had been said and he wanted proof that it was said so a tape was given to him to watch and he did watch it and heard what he had said and immediately got on the phone with WCW.
www.steveswrestling.com /news/1997.html   (2392 words)

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Bruno punishes Patera from all four corners of the ring but Patera fights back and lands an obvious low blow, with Vince saying Patera was reaching for Bruno’s abs but was dazed and shouldn’t be held responsible for his actions as a result.
Sammartino states that he’s financially secure enough not to have to step back into the ring but he does so to prove that age is not a factor as long as you stay in shape.
Bruno throws a wooden chair at Piper, which misses, but sustains a poke to the eye allowing Piper to slide back inside the ring and beat the 10-count.
www.angelfire.com /wrestling/cawthon777/brunoreview.htm   (1893 words)

 The Official Web Site of Bruno Sammartino - Press Room   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
When Sammartino first won the WWWF title, he was a 26-year-old Italian immigrant who had survived a near-death experience when German soldiers lined his family up against a wall in his hometown of Pizzoferrato, Italy to shoot them.
Sammartino has done 20 tours in Japan, where he is considered to be a god; he holds the attendance record in Australia for selling our sizable venues 21 nights in a row.
Bruno Sammartino ultimately built himself up without the use of drugs and steroids to an astounding 275 pounds.
www.brunosammartino.net /pressroom.htm   (753 words)

 Bruno Sammartino body slams hall of fame   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Sammartino, now 69, is shown with a painting of him in his prime in 1965.
Sammartino refuses induction to World Wrestling Entertainment's hall of fame for a simple reason: He says wrestling's profane performers and sexually explicit shows are bad for kids.
Sammartino has undergone various back surgeries, and he was fitted with an artificial right hip.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/05051/460335.stm   (988 words)

 Bruno Sammartino IV Oct 97 Cooldudesandhotbabes.com
Bruno Sammartino (Speaker) If it was for the WWWF that I represented for all those years, but I don't consider myself a part of the WWF.
Bruno Sammartino (Speaker) It's possible because there have been a few people in touch with me who want to get back to wrestling without the gimmicks and the nonsense and they have asked me to be involved as an advisor.
Bruno Sammartino (Speaker) That was the time Bill Watts invited me. I had a couple of meetings to discuss the situation with the wrestling down there, and that was at the same time so I appeared at that event.
www.cooldudesandhotbabes.com /brunoivoct97.html   (2864 words)

 Bruno Sammartino   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Bruno's story is also one of a supportive and loving family and of his mother's incredible fight to save her children from the Nazis during the German invasion of Italy.
Featuring interviews with the Sammartino clan and with the stars and promoters from inside the wrestling world, this video brings Bruno's astonishing "rags to riches" saga to life.
In "Strong Man," Bruno waxes philosophic of the new life he made for himself in America and of the great love he has for his adopted country.
www.decadeofchampions.com /bruno_sammartino.html   (387 words)

 Obsessed With Wrestling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Bruno Sammartino was born in Abruzzi, Italy and immigrated to the United States at age 15..
Bruno Sammartino's first job in America was as a construction worker and during the evenings..
Bruno Sammartino's claim to fame (one of them, I suppose) was that during his career he had never lost a Steel Cage match..
www.obsessedwithwrestling.com /profiles/b/bruno-sammartino.html   (935 words)

 WWE: Inside WWE > Title History > WWE Championship > 19630517 - Bruno Sammartino
Bruno Sammartino faced off against the hated Buddy Rogers at Madison Square Garden.
Sammartino used a dropkick, backbreaker and a crushing bearhug to dethrone the champ.
Sammartino would go on to defend his WWE Championship for an unprecedented eight years, which is a record that still stands today.
www.wwe.com /inside/titlehistory/wwechampionship/408772   (168 words)

 Wrestling Observer - headlines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Sammartino spoke candidly about his life since his retirement from the sport of professional wrestling and the sadness that he feels for the direction it has taken and the lives that have been lost along the way.
Bruno Sammartino — Well Michael, I came from Europe and I first came into this country in 1950 and I was a human skeleton because of the war.
Bruno Sammartino — It was my understanding that when McMahon first started that he intentionally did not want me in it because he and I were not on good terms.
www.wrestlingobserver.com /wo/news/headlines/default.asp?aID=12285   (4237 words)

 WWE legend Bruno Sammartino rips into the WWE, once again
Bruno Sammartino has been very consistent of this opinion since leaving the WWE after Wrestlemania 1 and has never returned to the WWE since.
Bruno was even backstage at a WWE event during August of 2004 to possibly discuss terms of using Bruno for WWE 24/7 video footage or even a Hall of Fame induction.
Bruno was typical Bruno, however, as he proved his consistency backstage by being very vocal about his WWE thoughts and continued to bash the WWE after his rare backstage appearance.
www.lordsofpain.net /news/2006/articles/1136660409.php   (815 words)

 Bruno Sammartino - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sammartino became known for performing strong man stunts in the Pittsburgh area, and sportscaster Bob Prince put him on his television show.
Sammartino also defeated Savage in a lumberjack match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship (via disqualification, allowing Savage to keep the belt).
Sammartino made a special appearance for the independent promotion Ring of Honor, on September 16th, 2006 in Manhattan, NY, putting over the company.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bruno_Sammartino   (1252 words)

 SLAM! Wrestling: Bruno Sammartino
Sammartino received a phone call on his birthday that Gorilla Monsoon had passed away.
Sammartino was devastated over the passing of one of his contemporaries.
Sammartino was known as the 'Living Legend' based on his dominance of wrestling during the 1960s and 1970s.
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 Bruno Sammartino: The Living Legend
Zbyszko was also from Pittsburgh and became an almost identical wrestler to Sammartino.
After an incident which involved Bruno, Spiros and Chief Jay Strongbow, Spiros sided with Blassie and viciously turned on Bruno.
Bruno's claim to fame was that during his career he had never lost a steel cage match.
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 Bruno Sammartino 2005 Interviews
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 The Official Web Site of Bruno Sammartino - Photo Gallery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Due to copyright and trademark permissions, we will not be able to present the complete photo gallery until these issues are resolved with certain conglomerates.
Bruno Sammartino held the WWWF title for a record of 12 years, and authorities in the wrestling world define the birth date of wrestling as Sammartino's birthday, October 6, 1936.
Bruno speaks at a luncheon event to celebrate Bruno Sammartino day in the City of Pittsburgh.
www.brunosammartino.net /photogallery.htm   (108 words)

 Ring of Honor Results: 9/16 New York, NY (Bruno Sammartino, more)
Bruno Sammartino was introduced and got a huge reaction from the crowd.
Sammartino got on the mic and said he hasn't been pleased with wrestling since his retirement, but added he was sent some ROH DVD's and was very impressed.
After Sammartino left, Samoa Joe and Takeshi Morishima had a shoving match in the entrance area.
www.wrestleview.com /news2006/1158483838.shtml   (343 words)

 The Lee Benaka Interviews - Bruno Sammartino
Sammartino is a gracious and generous man who refuses to accept money for autograph-signing sessions and allows a complete stranger like myself to interview him at an airport gate for almost an hour.
His descriptions of life and death in Italy during World War II and life as an immigrant in America shed light on how Sammartino found the strength to win so many battles in the ring.
Sammartino's warnings about drug and steroid use in wrestling have sadly been little-heeded in light of the large number of drug-related deaths of professional wrestlers in the 1990s.
www.deathvalleydriver.com /Benaka/Sammartino.html   (4950 words)

 Bruno Sammartino biography, information, news, links, pictures (pics) and products (Wrestling)
Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino (born October 6, 1935 in Pizzoferrato, Abruzzo, Italy), is a former professional wrestler, known most for being the longest-running champion of the Worldwide Wrestling Federation, holding the title across two reigns for over 12 years in total.
During his career, Bruno was also known as "The Original Italian Stallion." Bruno weighed in at 245 - 285 pounds (he took off some weight in his later years) and he stood 5'10".
Bruno won several Awards from Wrestling Magazines in his career.
www.popstarsplus.com /wrestling_men_brunosammartino.htm   (1215 words)

 Bruno Sammartino Official Movie and DVD Web Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Bruno Sammartino holds a legendary wrestling career spanning nearly a quarter of a century, from 1959 to 1982.
Each poster is autographed by Bruno Sammartino and numbered as a limited edition print.
Narrated by Bruno Sammartino himself in 2005, the year of his 70th birthday, he takes you into his home, inside the ring and Behind the Championship Belt.
www.brunobrunobruno.com   (385 words)

 NEWSBOARD - Saloonatics - The Movie: Co-Starring Bruno Sammartino   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Most people recognize Bruno Sammartino as the heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, one of the most charismatic and popular champions in the history of the sport.
Born in the little town of Pizzoferrato, Bruno was trapped in war-torn Italy, hiding in the mountains from the Nazis, with his mother, his sister and his brother - and separated from his father, who had com to America in order to pave the way for the rest of his family.
By this time, Bruno was a teenager who could barely speak English.
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