Bruno Sammartino, former WWE Superstar, dies today at the age of 82; leaving a hall of fame legacy to remember him by.
According to wwe.com, during his childhood in the small Italian mountain town of Pizzoferrato in the Abruzzi region of Italy, Bruno Sammartino heard stories about how the streets in the United States were paved with gold. His adult-self would eventually learn the disappointing truth, though Sammartino would experience fortune and fame in reality. Bruno was the longest-reigning WWE Champion and the most beloved competitor in the history of the squared circle.
Bruno held the WWE Championship for and incredible 75 plus years which is the longest reign of all time, and a record for all professional wrestling champions, no matter the organization. A household name all over the country, the beloved hero defended his title in legendary rivalries against WWE Hall of Famers Killer Kowaski, Gorilla Monsoon, and George “The Animal” Steele.
Sammartino was inducted into the WWE hall of fame in 2013, his induction was extra special as he was introduced by former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Condolences were shared from former members of the WWE.
Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man…
A true friend…and one of the toughest people I've ever met.
My thoughts are with his entire family. #RIPBrunoSammartino #AmericanDream
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 18, 2018
RIP Bruno,thank you for loving and living our business,only love HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 18, 2018
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) April 18, 2018