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Bruno Sammartino

Knowledge Identifier: +Bruno_Sammartino


Bruno Sammartino

Italian-born American professional wrestler add

Category: Wrestling

Born in 1935.

Countries: United States (84%), Canada (8%), Malta (2%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: WWE Championship, Madison Square Garden, WWE

Linked to: Schenley High School, Jakks Pacific, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, CNN




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Bruno Sammartino was born in 1935 add something


In 1950, he moved to the United States and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his father had already lived for several years add something


Bruno's devotion to weightlifting nearly resulted in a berth on the 1956 U.S. Olympic team add something


While working in construction in 1956, Sammartino wrestled an orangutan at a carnival add something


Bruno has been married to his wife Carol since 1959 and they have three children, David, and twin sons Danny and Darryl and has four grandchildren add something


Bruno set a world record in the bench press with a lift of 565 pounds in 1959 add something


Sammartino made his professional debut in Pittsburgh on December 17, 1959, pinning Dmitri Grabowski in 19 seconds add something


Kola Kwariani - In 1959-1962 Kola Kwariani closely worked with another professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino


Despite being the biggest drawing card in wrestling during the 1960s and 1970s, Bruno was not mentioned in the A&E wrestling documentary "The Unreal History of Professional Wrestling" add something


His brawling, power moves, and personal charisma helped him become the most popular American wrestler in the 1960s and 1970s add something


Sammartino's first match in Madison Square Garden in New York City was on January 2, 1960 against Bull Curry add something


Ed Farhat - He returned when McMahon formed the World Wide Wrestling Federation to feud with Bruno Sammartino in the WWF's major markets in the late 1960s


On February 18, 1961, Sammartino faced Chick Garibaldi in an afternoon match at the Sunnyside Gardens in New York add something


Bruno 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 add something


With Canadian legend Whipper Billy Watson, Bruno won his first championship in September 1962, the local version of the International tag team title add something


He won the !WWWF_Championship (WWE_Championship) on May 17, 1963, defeating "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers in just 48 seconds add something


However, Rogers retired prior to their scheduled title rematch on October 4, 1963, in Jersey City, NJ's Roosevelt Stadium add something


Red Berry (wrestler) - He was the manager of Gorilla Monsoon from 1963 to 1969 during Monsoon's heel days, he would speak for Monsoon in promos, because Monsoon's character was a mute from Manchuria and took Monsoon & Killer Kowalski to the WWWF U.S. tag team titles, Berry managed Monsoon in a series of Matches against WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino during the Monsoon-Sammartino feud, In 1969 when Monsoon turned Babyface, Monsoon dropped Berry as his Manager


WWE Championship - The longest reigning champion is Bruno Sammartino, who held the title from May 17, 1963 to January 18, 1971, for a total of 2,803 days ; Sammartino holds the record for longest combined reign at 4,040 days


Gene Kiniski - He made Vancouver his home base while making appearances in other promotions throughout North America and in Japan, particularly a lengthy stint in the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1964; while there, he challenged WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino several times


Freddie Blassie - In 1964, Blassie feuded with Bruno Sammartino and Bobo Brazil


He and his wife have lived in Ross Township, Allegheny County near Pittsburgh since 1965 add something


Sammartino was so popular that in 1965 he was picked by the National Wrestling Alliance board to wrestle against the legendary Lou Thesz in a match for both the NWA and WWWF titles add something


On September 28, 1965, after a match with Tarzan Tyler in Madison Square Garden, Sammartino went to a restaurant in Times Square add something


In 1966, Sammartino bought the Pittsburgh-based Spectator Sports promotion add something


Tiger Jeet Singh - He defeated Johnny Valentine for the Toronto version of the US title and wrestled Gene Kiniski for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in the summer of 1967 and, in the fall, twice challenged Bruno Sammartino for the !WWWF_Championship (WWE_Championship)


Ray Stevens (wrestler) - On July 15, 1967, Bruno Sammartino, !WWWF_World_Heavyweight_Champion (WWE_Championship), put his title on the line against the Blond Bomber in San Francisco


Mikel Scicluna - In singles competition, Scicluna defeated Spiros Arion for Australia's IWA World Championship on June 15, 1968 and would challenge Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales for the !WWWF_Championship (WWE_Championship) from time to time


Lou Albano - Following the encouragement of fellow wrestler Bruno Sammartino, who was lobbying WWWF owner Vince McMahon Sr., Albano retired from active wrestling in 1969 to focus on managing


On January 18, 1971, Sammartino lost the championship at Madison Square Garden to Ivan Koloff add something


It went on to become the Match of the Year for 1972 add something


Later in 1972, Sammartino was asked back by McMahon Sr. to regain the title add something


On September 1, 1972, they wrestled to a 75-minute draw at Shea Stadium in New York add something


Eventually, on December 10, 1973, Sammartino regained the !WWWF_Championship (WWE_Championship) by defeating Stan Stasiak who had won the title from Pedro Morales nine days earlier in Philadelphia add something


The local TV show was canceled in 1974, and the promotion shut down add something


Ed Farhat - He defeated the likes of Whipper Billy Watson, Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, Bruno Sammartino, Édouard Carpentier, Ernie Ladd, Jay Strongbow and even André the Giant during Andre's first extensive tour of North America in 1974


The match was rated 1976 Match of the Year by a number of wrestling magazines add something


During this time, on April 26, 1976, Sammartino suffered a neck fracture in a match against Stan Hansen at Madison Square Garden, when Hansen improperly executed a body slam and dropped Sammartino on his head add something


Ken Patera - In 1976, he challenged Bruno Sammartino for the !WWWF_Heavyweight_Championship (WWE_Championship)


In early 1977, after suffering the broken neck and many other ailments, Bruno informed McMahon Sr. that he was done with his second title reign add something


It ended in Baltimore on April 30, 1977, when he was defeated by "Superstar" Billy Graham add something


One of the most emotional feuds of Sammartino's career started on January 22, 1980, when his former student Larry Zbyszko violently turned against him during a scientific wrestling exhibition, broadcast on the World Wrestling Federation's "Championship Wrestling" show add something


In February 1980 headlining a card at Wheeling, West Virginia, West Virginia, Bruno was scheduled to wrestle Hulk Hogan add something


Their feud culminated on August 9, 1980, in front of 36,295 fans at Shea Stadium add something


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


In 1984, Bruno made an appearance at an Italian Festival in Wheeling, West Virginia, WV to do a weightlifting exhibition add something


At the inaugural WrestleMania at a sold out Madison Square Garden in 1985, Sammartino was in his son's corner, for his match against Brutus Beefcake add something


Bob Orton, Jr. - Orton remained with Piper for the remainder of 1985, feuding with Orndorff and a variety of partners, such as Hogan, André the Giant, and Bruno Sammartino


In 1986 Sammartino competed in a 20 man battle royal at WrestleMania 2 in at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago add something


Later on in 1986 Sammartino would team with Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and Santana in a 6 man Elimination Tag Team Match against The Hart Foundation & The Honky Tonk Man add something


Dirk Benedict - In 1986, Benedict starred as a low-life band manager "Harry Smilac" in the movie "Body Slam" along with Lou Albano, Roddy Piper, and cameo appearances by Freddie Blassie, Ric Flair, and Bruno Sammartino


Freddie Blassie - "Classy" Freddie Blassie made a cameo appearance as himself, along with "Wrestling's Living Legend" Bruno Sammartino, and Ric Flair in the 1986 film "Body Slam" starring Dirk Benedict, "Captain" Lou Albano, and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper


Sammartino's last major feud came in the summer of 1987 against The Honky Tonk Man for the WWF Intercontinental Championship add something


Sammartino had his last singles match in the WWF against on August 28, 1987 as he defeated Hercules via count out at the Paul Boesch Retirement Show in Houston , Texas add something


Sammartino continued doing commentary on the "WWF Superstars of Wrestling" until March 1988 add something


Sammartino would appear at several WCW events in a minor analysis role in the early 1990s add something


John Cena - He is the longest-reigning !WWE_Champion (WWE_Championship) of the 2000s, having held the title for 380 days from 2006-2007, and has the fourth highest number of combined days as !WWE_Champion (WWE_Championship) behind Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino


In 2006, he signed an independent deal with Jakks Pacific to produce an action figure, which is part of the WWE Classic Superstars line, Series 10 add something


On March 25, 2010, Sammartino was honored at the 74th annual Dapper Dan Dinner, a popular awards and charity fundraising event in Pittsburgh, with a lifetime achievement award, for which fellow former "Studio Wrestling" personalities Bill Cardille, "Jumping" Johnny De Fazio, Dom DeNucci, Frank Durso, and referee Andy "Kid" DePaul were all present add something


On October 8, 2011 Sammartino briefly returned to the Pro Wrestling scene as a special guest when he joined a wrestling show held in his honor by ://www add something


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


It was confirmed in spring 2013 that Bruno Sammartino will be a playable character in WWE 2K14, the first video game offering from 2K add something


Sammartino accepted WWE's offer to join their Hall of Fame class of 2013 claiming that he is satisfied with the way the company has addressed his concerns add something


He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013 by his longtime friend, Arnold Schwarzenegger add something


Sammartino will induct Larry Zybzsko into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015 add something


On March 28, 2015, Sammartino inducted Larry Zybzsko into the WWE Hall of Fame add something


He died on April 18, 2018, at the age of 82 after being hospitalized for two months add something