Wrestling Legend and WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino Passes

Bruno Sammartino revolutionised wrestling

Sammartino died Wednesday morning in a Pittsburgh, Pa. hospital after battling unreported health issues over the past few months, according to KDKA.

During his childhood in the small Italian mountain town of Abruzzi, Italy, Bruno Sammartino heard stories about how the streets in the United States were paved with gold.

After regaining the title in December 1973, Sammartino went on to have a run of more than three years; that's also one of the five-longest world title reigns in the company's history.

Sammartino beat Buddy Rogers at Madison Square Garden on May 17, 1963, to become the World Wide Wrestling Federation (now WWE) world champion.

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Some fans in the crowd were so shocked by Sammartino's loss that some fans were even crying.

WWE superstars have already started paying tribute to Sammartino who revolutionised the sport in his day.

Sammartino, who was 83, began wrestling in the late 1950s and spent more than a decade as the most popular wrestler in the old WWWF.

Those title reigns are indicative of Sammartino's place as the centerpiece of Vincent J. McMahon's WWWF, which later became the WWF and then the WWE.

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To try and best explain the impact Bruno Sammartino had on professional wrestling would be hard by today's measures, largely because there are simply no easy modern comparisons.

In a statement published on WWE.com, the American company today said it was saddened to learn of his passing. Piper's invectives continued once Sammartino entered the ring, but Sammartino didn't decide to come out of retirement until Piper got so angry that he used a derogatory epithet to insult Bruno. Today he is better known as Bruno Mars. Growing up in Pittsburgh, he was my father's hero, and sparked my dad's passion for the business that he passed on to me.

Sammartino is survived by his wife Carol and his sons, David, Danny and Darryl. "A true friend.and one of the toughest people I've ever met", Levesque tweeted.

We at Wrestling Rumors extend our deepest condolences to the entire Sammartino family during this hard time.

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