The legendary WWE Hall Of Famer took long to circle back to WWE after he left the company so many years ago.
He had allegedly been dealing with health issues the past few months. This separation lasted 25 years, until Triple H was able to reconcile things between the legend and the company, and Sanmartino headlined the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2013, fittingly in Madison Square Garden.
In 1963, he defeated Buddy "Natural Guy" Rogers in just 48 seconds to become the second-ever World Wrestling Entertainment champion in front of almost 20,000 fans at the old Madison Square Garden in New York City. He was the most vibrant and spirited person I met that week, and he shared with me invaluable wisdom about the business and life as a whole.
We at Wrestling Rumors extend our deepest condolences to the entire Sammartino family during this hard time.
After leaving Italy with his family following World War II, Sammartino settled in Pittsburgh.
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Sammartino and his wife, Carol, whom he married in 1959, had three children: David and the twins Daniel and Darryl.
Everything that made Sammartino the man he was made it very easy for the creative forces behind WWE to present him as an in-ring giant slayer and a hero to be proud of. "Rest in power and thank you Bruno Sammartino".
Sammartino quickly became an overnight sensation thus making him an instant fan favorite especially after defeating Buddy Rogers in front of 20,000 fans at Madison Square Garden in 1963. "Some of the fondest memories of my childhood are of sitting in the basement with my grandfather on Saturday mornings and watching Bruno wrestle". Many came and many went but there's no one like Bruno. I'm so grateful I had the chance to meet Bruno and tell him how much he meant to my grandfather and the entire Hart family.
- Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) April 18, 2018At Wrestlemania 30 I had the chance to meet Bruno Sammartino. I was humbled he even knew my name.