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Encyclopedia > Bruno Sammartino
Bruno Sammartino
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Ring name(s) Bruno Sammartino
Billed height 5 feet 10 inches
Billed weight 285 lb (119 kg)
Born October 6, 1935(Age 71)
Flag of Italy Pizzoferrato, Italy
Billed from Abruzzi, Italy
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Debut 1959
Retired 1987

Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino (born October 6, 1935), is a former professional wrestler, best known for being the longest-running champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), holding the title across two reigns for over 12 years in total, as well as the longest World Heavyweight Championship reign in professional wrestling history. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Pizzoferrato is a comune and town in the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region of Italy Abruzzo · Communes of the province of Chieti Categories: | ... Categories: Regions of Italy | Abruzzo ... Nickname: Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Allegheny Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18, 1816 (city) Government  - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area  - City 151. ... October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... The following is a list of professional wrestling World Title reigns in ascending order of time length. ...


"The Italian Strongman" has often been called "The Living Legend" of professional wrestling and is considered one of the greatest performers professional wrestling has ever known. Sammartino's actual wrestling ability was somewhat limited compared to "real" pro wrestlers like Lou Thesz, but his brawling style, power moves, and personal charisma, plus the fact that he came across as a genuinely nice guy, won him many fans, especially on the East Coast. 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). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ...

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Early life

Born in Pizzoferrato, Abruzzo on October 6, 1935, Sammartino's family hid, during his childhood, in Mountains from German soldiers during the latter stages of World War II. In 1951 he moved to the United States and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his father had already lived for several years. Pizzoferrato is a comune and town in the Province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region of Italy Abruzzo · Communes of the province of Chieti Categories: | ... Abruzzo is a region of Italy bordering Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east and the Adriatic Sea to the east. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Allegheny Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18, 1816 (city) Government  - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area  - City 151. ...


When Sammartino first came to America, he was sickly from his experiences of surviving during the war years. His slight frame, along with his tenuous grasp of English, made him an easy target for bullies in school. Sammartino wanted to build himself up physically and became devoted to weight training. Later, his powerlifting prowess nearly earned him a spot on the 1956 U.S. Olympic Team, but he was edged out by legendary strongman Paul Anderson, who outweighed Sammartino by almost 70 pounds. His high school, Schenley, didn't have a wrestling program, but he worked out with the University of Pittsburgh wrestling team under legendary coach Rex Peary. Sammartino became known for performing strong man stunts in the Pittsburgh area, and sportscaster Bob Prince put him on his television show. It was there that he was spotted by local wrestling promoter Rudy Miller, who recruited Sammartino for pro wrestling. Miller knew that Sammartino could easily be marketed as an ethnic strongman, and that he would appeal to Italian immigrants who supported wrestling. The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Robert F. Prince (July 1, 1916 - June 10, 1985) was an American radio and television sportscaster and commentator best known for his 28-year stint as the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball club, with whom he earned the nickname “The Gunner” and became a Pittsburgh icon. ...


Career

Studio Wrestling/Pittsburgh Promotion (1959-1974)

Bruno began wrestling for the local Pittsburgh promotion in 1959 and became an instant sensation. The name of the local TV wrestling program was called Studio Wrestling which was broadcast on WIIC-TV Channel 11. The host was legendary Pittsburgh personality Bill Cardille. The Pittsbugh territory was owned independently of Vince McMahon Sr.'s New York based WWWF. Eventually Bruno bought into the Pittsburgh promotion which featured national stars such as,Gorilla Monsoon, Reginald Lisowski, Bill Watts, George Steele(debuting with a mask as "The Student"), and Bobo Brazil as well as local sensations like Johnny De Fazio, Frank "Carnegie Cop" Holtz, Hurricane Hunt, Tony "The Battman" Marino and Johnny Valiant. The show was so popular that even referees like Izzie Moidel and Andy DePaul became local celebrities. Bruno sold the promotion in the late 60's and then bought it back in the early 70's. In 1974, Bruno sold it to Vince McMahon Sr. and it became a WWWF territory. All Pittsburgh based title belts were discontinued and the TV show was replaced by the WWWF's syndicated show.[1]
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World Wide Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Federation (1959-1986)

1959-1963

Sammartino started wrestling in 1959. He made major headlines when he became the first (and only) man to lift 600-pound Haystacks Calhoun in a match and slam him. On August 2, 1962 Sammartino defeated "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. However, Sammartino refused the championship because of Rogers being injured [2]. He won the WWF World Championship title on May 17, 1963, defeating "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers in just 48 seconds. Bruno kept this title for an incredible seven years, eight months, and one day; it still stands as the longest continuous world title reign in wrestling history.
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Bruno was so incredibly popular, that in 1965 he was picked to defeat Lou Thesz, becoming the first wrestler to hold both the NWA and WWWF titles at the same time. Bruno, already getting only every other weekend off, balked when told that he may have months with zero time off. NWA officials then selected Gene Kiniski to replace Thesz. [3] This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Gene Kiniski was a professional wrestler. ...


1971-1975

Sammartino was clearly the most popular wrestler in the Northeastern United States during the 1960s and 1970s. He headlined cards that filled Madison Square Garden on a monthly basis, and over 200 times overall, the most of any individual. He battled the top heels of his time, including Killer Kowalski, Giant Baba, Gene Kiniski, Dr. Bill Miller, Bull Ramos, Hans Mortier, Waldo Von Erich, Crusher Lisowski, Johnny Valentine, The Sheik, Fred Blassie, Curtis Iaukea, Tarzan Tyler, Bill Watts, Gorilla Monsoon, and George "The Animal" Steele. Finally, on January 18, 1971, Sammartino lost the title at Madison Square Garden to Ivan Koloff. The crowd was so stunned into silence that Sammartino thought his hearing had been damaged. After the pin, Koloff slowly walked across the ring while the ref raised his hand three times. The announcer came into the ring with the belt but did not present it to Koloff. Ivan humbly left the ring while Bruno stayed inside to keep the crowd's attention off of Koloff. As Bruno left the ring, the sounds of men and woman sobbing sprang from the silence, with people telling Bruno they still loved him while he walked back to the dressing room. Bruno has said that the crowd's reaction disturbed him while he sat in the dressing room after the bout. Regional definitions vary The Northeastern United States is a region of the United States defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wladek Kowalski Wladek (Walter) Killer Kowalski was a professional wrestler. ... Shohei Baba (1938–1999) was a professional wrestler and co-founder of All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... Gene Kiniski was a professional wrestler. ... Apache Bull Ramos was a professional wrestler from the 60s and 70s who primarily worked as a heel. ... Waldo Von Erich Walter Sieber worked as a professional wrestler under the name Waldo Von Erich, and was billed as the brother of Fritz Von Erich. ... Johnny Valentine (born John Wisniski, September 29, 1929 – April 24, 2001) was a professional wrestler with a career spannig almost three decades, ending prematurely due to an airplane accident in 1975 which left him crippled. ... The Sheik works a Camel Clutch on Terry Funk in a 1970s match Edward George Farhat (June 11, 1924 – January 18, 2003) was a professional wrestler best known as The Sheik (or The Original Sheik to distinguish him from the Iron Sheik of the mid-1980s). ... Fred Blassie (February 8, 1918 – June 2, 2003), better known as Classy Freddie Blassie, was an American professional wrestler and manager born in St. ... Tarzan The Boot Tyler, was born Camille Tournville and a former professional wrestler. ... Bill Watts, (born May 5, 1939 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), is a former American professional wrestler and promoter. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... George Steele, better known as George The Animal Steele, real name William James (Jim) Myers (b. ... is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Ivan Koloff Ivan Koloff The Russian Bear is the stage name of a former Canadian professional wrestler Oreal Perras. ...


Three weeks later, Pedro Morales won the title off of Koloff. While Morales drew well in New York, the crowds fell off in other cities and Bruno was asked back by McMahon Sr. After refusing McMahon's initial offer, Bruno was offered a percentage of all the gates when he wrestled and a decreased work schedule. Soon after, Bruno and champion Morales wrestled in a series of tag matches. In one tag match, Prof. Tanaka blinded both men which resulted in a slugfest between Sammartion and Morales. When their eyes cleared, they still went after each other to the suprise of the crowd. On September 1st, 1972 both men wrestled to a 76 minute draw at Shea Stadium in New York. The gate narrowly missed becoming the largest take for an outdoor wrestling show at that time. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... NY redirects here. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ...


Eventually, on December 10, 1973, Sammartino regained the WWWF Championship, defeating Stan Stasiak. He defeated the likes of John Tolos, Bruiser Brody, Ken Patera, Bugsy McGraw, Fred Blassie, Baron Von Raschke, Waldo Von Erich, Ivan Koloff, Superstar Billy Graham, Don Leo Jonathan, Angelo Mosca, Ernie Ladd and Nikolai Volkoff. His second title run lasted three years, four months, and twenty days. December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... Stan Stasiak (born George Stipich on April 13, 1937 - June 12, 1997). ... Managed Mr. ... Frank Goodish (1946-1988) was a professional wrestler better known in the professional wrestling world as Bruiser Brody. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bugsy McGraw is the ring name of former professional wrestler Michael Davis. ... Fred Blassie (February 8, 1918 – June 2, 2003), better known as Classy Freddie Blassie, was an American professional wrestler and manager born in St. ... Baron Von Raschke James Donald Raschke (born 1940- in Omaha, Nebraska) was a professional wrestler best known as Baron Von Raschke. ... Waldo Von Erich Walter Sieber worked as a professional wrestler under the name Waldo Von Erich, and was billed as the brother of Fritz Von Erich. ... Ivan Koloff is a professional wrestler. ... Eldridge Wayne Coleman, better known by his ring name, Superstar Billy Graham, is a retired American professional wrestler. ... Don Heaton (more commonly known as Don Leo Jonathan) is a former professional wrestler. ... Angelo Mosca (b. ... Ernest Ladd (November 28, 1938 - March 10, 2007), nicknamed The Big Cat, was an American collegiate and professional football player and a professional wrestler. ... Nikolai Volkoff (born Josip Peruzovic in October 14, 1947) is a professional wrestler who is best known for his performances for the World Wrestling Federation. ...


1976-1977

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. After two months of recovery, Sammartino returned, and faced Hansen in a rematch on June 25, 1976 at Shea Stadium, which was on the closed circuit TV undercard of the famous Ali vs. Antonio Inoki match for WWWF cities. Bruno was rushed back into action by Vince McMahon Sr. when the advance gate for the show was a disaster. Sammartino scored a decisive count-out win, after Hansen ran from the ring and, more importantly, again saved the WWWF from financial ruin by drawing a huge live gate and big closed circuit TV receipts in WWWF territories (the Ali/Inoki show, without the Bruno/Hansen match, tanked in much of the rest of America). The match was rated 1976 Match of the Year by a number of wrestling magazines. is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... To botch in professional wrestling means to attempt a scripted move that does not come out as it was originally planned due to a mistake, miscalculation, or a slip-up. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Cassius Clay” redirects here. ... Antonio Inoki (アントニオ猪木), real name Kanji Inoki (猪木寛至 Inoki Kanji, born February 20, 1943) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist who now resides in New York City. ... Vincent J. McMahon Vincent James McMahon (July 6, 1914 – May 24, 1984) was a U.S. professional wrestling promoter. ...


His second WWWF Championship reign ended on April 30, 1977 when he was defeated by Superstar Billy Graham in a controversial ending when Graham had both feet on the ropes while successfully pinning Sammartino. is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Superstar Billy Graham Eldridge Wayne Coleman, better known by his stage name Superstar Billy Graham (born September 10, 1943), is an American professional wrestler. ...


Free once again to set his own schedule, Bruno toured the U.S. and the world. He wrestled then-NWA Champion Harley Race to a one hour draw. He also beat, among many others, Blackjack Mulligan, Lord Alfred Hayes, "Crippler" Ray Stevens and teamed with the legendary Dick the Bruiser to win the WWA Tag Belts from the Valiant Brothers. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Blackjack Mulligan with the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship Blackjack Mulligan (Born Robert Joseph Windham on November 26, 1942 in Toiletwater, Texas) was a professional wrestler and a former football player. ... Alfred Hayes (born August 1928 in Windermere, Cumbria, England, died July 20, 2005) was a professional wrestler, manager, and later World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) commentator. ... This article is about the wrestler. ... Dick the Bruiser, Professional Wrestler DICK THE BRUISER LIVED in Indianapolis, Indiana, “the Crossroads of America,” as the Hoosiers call it. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


1980-1981

One of the most emotionally-charged feuds of Bruno's career started on January 22, 1980, when his former student Larry Zbyszko violently turned against him during a scientific exhibition, broadcast on the World Wrestling Federation's Championship Wrestling show. Bruno, shocked and hurt by Zbyszko's betrayal, vowed to make Zbyszko (whom Bruno described as a "Judas") pay dearly. Their record-setting series culminated on August 9, 1980, in front of 36,295 fans at Shea Stadium. As the main event of the Federation's Showdown At Shea card, Bruno defeated Zbyszko inside a steel cage. January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Lawrence (Larry) Whistler (born December 5, 1953) is a professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Larry Zbyszko. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Andre the Giant sizes up a young Hulk Hogan at Showdown At Shea. ...


Hulk Hogan claims in his autobiography that he and Andre the Giant were the reason for the Shea gate. However, Sammartino/Zbyszko sold out everywhere they wrestled leading up the show. Hogan and Andre wrestled in White Plains, New York, drawing 1,200 in a building that held 3,500 as the main event before they wrestled at Shea. Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... André the Giant (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993) was a professional wrestler and actor, born André René Roussimoff in Grenoble, France. ...


After retiring from wrestling full-time in 1981, Bruno agreed to return to the then-WWF in an attempt to launch the wrestling career of his son David, who became a wrestler against his father's wishes. Bruno wrestled occasionally, teaming with his son against the likes of Paul Orndorff & Bobby Heenan and Brutus Beefcake & Johnny Valiant. David soon realized he was being used as a pawn by Vince McMahon to get his famous father to wrestle (and draw huge crowds in the Northeast). Disenchanted, David quit the WWF several times which forced Bruno to continue to wrestle, in hopes that he could get his son back in McMahon's good graces. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Paul Orndorff (born October 29, 1949 in Brandon, Florida) is a former National Football League player and former professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation throughout the 1980s as Mr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ed Leslie as Brutus The Barber Beefcake. ... Categories: American professional wrestlers | Professional wrestling stubs ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ...


1986-1987

His most notable feud during this run was vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage. He often teamed with Tito Santana and even old enemy George "The Animal" Steele to wrestle Savage and "Adorable" Adrian Adonis. The feud intensified in 1986 when an irate Sammartino attacked Savage during a TV interview, after Savage bragged about injuring Rick Steamboat (by driving the timekeeper's bell into Steamboat's throat during a televised match). Sammartino also defeated Savage in a lumberjack match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship (via disqualification, allowing Savage to keep the belt). Videos of the Sammartino-Savage bouts show a much younger Savage getting so extremely tired early on in their matches that Bruno had to often back off of him so Savage could catch his breath. Bruno also scored wins over the likes of Sgt. Slaughter, Honky Tonk Man, Greg Valentine, Nikolai Volkoff and, in a memorable cage match, beat Rowdy Roddy Piper. After Honky Tonk Man upset Rick Steamboat for the Intercontintental Title, he challenged the new champion for the title in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June of 1987, where he dominated the match and won by countout but did not win the title due to the countout loophole. His final match saw him team with Hulk Hogan against King Kong Bundy & One Man Gang. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Merced Solis (born May 10, 1953) better known by his ring name Tito Santana, is a semi-retired Mexican-American professional wrestler whose career spanned from the late 70s to the early 90s. ... George Steele, better known as George The Animal Steele, real name William James (Jim) Myers (b. ... Keith Franke (September 12, 1954 – July 4, 1988 [1]) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Adorable Adrian Adonis. ... Ricky the Dragon Steamboat Richard Blood, (born February 28, 1953 in Charlotte, North Carolina) better known by his stage name Ricky The Dragon Steamboat, is an American professional wrestler. ... Many types of matches can be found in professional wrestling. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wayne Farris (born January 25, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee) is better known as the Honky Tonk Man. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nikolai Volkoff (born Josip Peruzovic in October 14, 1947) is a professional wrestler who is best known for his performances for the World Wrestling Federation. ... Roderick George Toombs (born on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), best known by his stage name of Rowdy Roddy Piper, is a Canadian professional wrestler of Scottish descent. ... Wayne Farris (born January 25, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee) is better known as the Honky Tonk Man. ... Ricky the Dragon Steamboat Richard Blood, (born February 28, 1953 in Charlotte, North Carolina) better known by his stage name Ricky The Dragon Steamboat, is an American professional wrestler. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... Chris Pallies (born November 7, 1957) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, King Kong Bundy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


On October 28, 1989, Bruno 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. He ended up exchanging blows with Muta at the end of the match and ran him off. He appeared at several WCW events in a minor analysis role in the early '90s. Halloween Havoc was an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Championship Wrestling from 1989 through 2000. ...


Against Pro Wrestling?

In his retirement, Sammartino has publicly criticized the direction professional wrestling has taken, making reference to lurid storylines, over-the-top theatrics, and drug and steroid abuse. In particular he has been critical of Vince McMahon, saying that McMahon has been detrimental to his father's creation. Sammartino has refused to provide commentary on WWE-produced retrospectives of his career, instead participating in a series of independently-produced documentaries, including Bruno Sammartino's Legends Never Die, La Roccia, The Passing of the Belt, and The Boys are Back. Despite being the biggest drawing card in wrestling during the 60's and 70's, Bruno was not mentioned in the A&E wrestling documentary The Unreal History of Professional Wrestling. He attributes this to McMahon, who provided much of the footage to the production. Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Vincent J. McMahon Vincent J. McMahon (July 6, 1914 – May 24, 1984) was a U.S. professional wrestling promoter. ... Biography is one of A&Es longest-running and most popular programs. ...


Recently, he signed an independent deal with Jakks Pacific to produce an action figure, which is currently available as part of the WWE Classic Superstars line, Series 10.[4] Jakks Pacific, Inc. ... Zarbon action figure of from Dragon Ball Z made by Bandai An action figure is a posable plastic figurine of a character, often from a movie, video game, or television program. ...


Within the last few years, Bruno met in Pittsburgh with Vince and WWE officials about doing a DVD release and providing commentary for their 24/7 Channel of classic matches, but Bruno would not agree to be a part of the current product. He was invited to stay for the RAW show that night, but declined because he did not want to be seen endorsing the product. (He was told the main event was Chris Benoit vs. Triple H. He reportedly told them he would've stayed if Benoit was wrestling Kurt Angle; one of the people he said this to was Triple H, who he didn't know. Triple H is Vince McMahon's son in law.) This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


This was also the site of the infamous "who snubbed who?" non-confrontation with Ric Flair. Flair denigrated Sammartino's wrestling ability in his book. Flair claims Bruno refused to shake his hand at the event; Bruno says Flair saw Bruno coming down the hall, turned and rushed away. Contract talks stalled. Aside from feuding with wrestling. Bruno also has had a very bad relationship with his son, David, after "a series of things happened."[5] Ric Flair (born February 25, 1949 [1] and named Richard Morgan Fliehr upon his adoption several weeks later), is an iconic American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment on its RAW brand. ...


Hall of Fame recognition

Sammartino has refused entry into the WWE Hall of Fame, as he feels it would be hypocritical to accept the invitation after all he's said about them. He is a founding inductee into the unrelated Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, but he did not cooperate with them either. Bruno claims they only inducted him after they realized that Vince McMahon would not have anything to do with them. He is also an inductee of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame is located in Amsterdam, New York and was previously located in Schenectady, New York. ... The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (WON HOF for short) is a professional wrestling hall of fame that exists only on paper. ...


Ring of Honor

Sammartino made a special appearance for the independent wrestling promotion Ring of Honor, on September 16th, 2006 in Manhattan, NY, putting over the company in the ring for bringing what he considers real wrestling back to the fans. He posed for photographs backstage with then GHC Heavyweight Champion Naomichi Marufuji and then ROH Champion Bryan Danielson. He also sat for the recording of a shoot interview, conducted by Jim Cornette. Bruno took part of Ring of Honor's first "WrestleMania Weekend" show in Detroit, MI on March 30th, entitled "All Star Extravaganza III", as well, doing an in ring promo where once again he put over Ring of Honor and its wrestlers until he was interrupted by Larry Sweeney. Ring of Honor (ROH) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion. ... In professional wrestling, the term over means making a wrestler look good. ... Naomichi Marufuji ) is a Japanese professional wrestler who competes for Pro Wrestling NOAH and the US based independent wrestling promotion, Ring of Honor. ... Bryan Danielson (born May 22, 1981 in Aberdeen, Washington)[1] is an American independent professional wrestler, known as American Dragon. ... James (Jim) Cornette (born September 17, 1961) is an American professional wrestling manager, commentator, promoter, and booker. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Finishing/Signature Moves

  • Bearhug
  • Sammartino Slam (Front powerslam)
  • Standing backbreaker
  • Half Boston crab
  • Full nelson
  • Body slam
  • Running big boot
  • Backdrop suplex
  • Arm drag
  • Shoulder block
  • Hammerlock
  • Running high knee
  • Dropkick
  • Stomach Jabs

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Championships and accomplishments

There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Edouard Carpentier was a Canadian professional wrestler who garnered several world championships in a career that spanned the 1950s into the 1970s. ... Maple Leaf Wrestling was a celebrated NWA territory promoted out of Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens for nearly 50 years and run by Frank Tunney, who incorporated Tunney Sports out of the Queensbury Athletic Club before serving as NWA President from 1960-61. ... The Toronto version of the NWA International Tag Team Championship was the top tag team professional wrestling championship in the Canadian promotion Maple Leaf Wrestling from 1961 through 1977. ... The Toronto version of the NWA International Tag Team Championship was the top tag team professional wrestling championship in the Canadian promotion Maple Leaf Wrestling from 1961 through 1977. ... Whipper Billy Watson (1917 July 25- 1990 February 4), born William Potts, was a Canadian heavyweight wrestler and a five-time world wrestling champion. ... The NWA Toronto United States Heavyweight Championship was the version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship that was defended in the Toronto, Ontario-based Maple Leaf Wrestling. ... The NWA Toronto United States Heavyweight Championship was the version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship that was defended in the Toronto, Ontario-based Maple Leaf Wrestling. ... Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is a professional wrestling magazine. ... The PWI Match of the Year Award, given yearly since 1972 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes the best match of the year as voted by readers of the magazine. ... The PWI Wrestler of the Year Award, given yearly since 1972 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes the best professional wrestler of the year as voted by readers of the magazine. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year Award, given yearly since 1972 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes the most inspirational professional wrestler of the year as voted by readers of the magazine. ... Eldridge Wayne Coleman, better known by his ring name, Superstar Billy Graham, is a retired American professional wrestler. ... Lawrence (Larry) Whistler (born December 5, 1953) is a professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Larry Zbyszko. ... The PWI Editors Award, given yearly since 1981 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes lifetime achievement by a professional wrestling personality as decided by the editors of the magazine. ... Formed from the North American Wrestling Alliance and based primarily out of the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium under the banner of West Coast promoters Gene & Mike LeBell. ... Dick the Bruiser, Professional Wrestler DICK THE BRUISER LIVED in Indianapolis, Indiana, “the Crossroads of America,” as the Hoosiers call it. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... The WWE or WWF International Tag Team Championship Title Belts were a short lived title in the wwe. ... The WWE or WWF International Tag Team Championship Title Belts were a short lived title in the wwe. ... Dominic Denucci was a professional wrestler. ... The WWWF United States Tag Team Championship was a major tag team title in the World Wide Wrestling Federation from 1963 until 1967. ... The WWWF United States Tag Team Championship was a major tag team title in the World Wide Wrestling Federation from 1963 until 1967. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship. ... John Cena in 2006 with the WWE Championship belt. ... Dave Herbert Meltzer (born October 24, 1961 in San Jose, California) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, an insider newsletter for the world of professional wrestling. ... The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (WON HOF for short) is a professional wrestling hall of fame that exists only on paper. ... The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (WON HOF for short) is a professional wrestling hall of fame that exists only on paper. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ...

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Professional Wrestling Online Museum - Spotlight on Bruno Sammartino (1297 words)
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.
Bruno Sammartino on Pro Wrestling Radio! (5072 words)
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.
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