Bruno Sammartino Passes Away At 82 Years Old

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Sportskeeda Wrestling is saddened to report the passing of WWE Hall of Famer and professional wrestling legend, Bruno Sammartino at the age of 82.

By the time he retired from wrestling full-time in 1981, Sammartino had reigned as the top champion in what would become WWE for more than 4,000 days, almost double the combined reigns of the next closest champions (Hulk Hogan and Bob Backlund). "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time".

He would eventually reunite with his father in Pittsburgh in 1950. An Icon amongst Icon's, Bruno Sammartino has passed away.

- Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) April 18, 2018Growing up, my grandfather Stu Hart would ALWAYS talk about Bruno Sammartino and what an incredible wrestler he was. The stories that Larry Zbyszko told during his Hall of Fame induction really made me want to know much more about Bruno.

Sammartino retired from the ring in 1981 and worked on WWE television as a ringside commentator.

During the meeting, Sammartino presented Mars with a replica of a championship belt. But on my way home, I had a feeling in my gut that this would be something great for me. "If he's like that all time, that's wonderful", said Sammartino. He would hold the title for another four years.

In early 1968, Sammartino headlined the first wrestling event at the brand-new Madison Square Garden, just eight days after it opened.

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