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Vince McMahon Makes Sincere Comments After Death of Bruno Sammartino

20 April 2018

The only details on his passing at this time are that he'd been battling health issues for the past several months, and that he died peacefully.

During his reign, the "Italian Superman" was the then-longest reigning world champion in WWE history, holding the title for almost eight consecutive years, per ESPN.

Per WWE, Bruno Sammartino returned to WWE in the mid-80s as a broadcaster alongside Mr. McMahon and as a mentor for his son David, who was just beginning his grappling career.

"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".

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In 2013, Sammartino told ESPN: "I had a lot of my success due to appearing at the Garden. People were dying from starvation".

But Sammartino soon grew exhausted of promoter Vince McMahon's outlandish storylines that became more focused on sports entertainment than good wrestling and was outraged over the drug culture he said had permeated the industry.

On Wednesday, the pro wrestling world mourned the death of one of its most iconic trailblazers in Bruno Sammartino.

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The grappler became the second-ever WWE Champion in 1963 when he defeated Buddy Rogers in 48 seconds. His second reign began after getting retribution against Ivan Koloff and lasted more than three years.

He wrestled for the then World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF, later World Wrestling Federation, WWF), now known as WWE. He managed to sellout the venue 187 times. Sammartino and Hulk Hogan are the biggest long-term box office draws in WWE history and two tagged together in the "Legend's" final match.

"My broken neck is for real". 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.

Sammartino was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 by Arnold Schwarzenegger after he headlined and sold out Madison Square Garden 188 times.

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Sammartino did so while also strongly advocating against any use of performance enhancing drugs, and therefore did not lose an ounce of credibility during any of the numerous PED scandals over the years within the wrestling business.

Vince McMahon Makes Sincere Comments After Death of Bruno Sammartino