Wednesday, April 18, 2018

RIP Bruno Sammartino (1935 - 2018)

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Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino has passed away as confirmed by WWE. Unfortunately I did not see a ton of Bruno stuff as I was too young for his prime, and he didn't appear on The Superstation on Saturday night.

That said, I absolutely recognize the absolute legend that man is. It may not be a big thing in the grand scheme of things, but I am also glad that he reconciled with WWE before his passing.

I shared this on Twitter already, but the only thing of his I have really ever seen was the angle where Larry Zbyszko turns on Bruno who was his mentor.*

The whole thing was extremely well-done, and definitely succeeded in wanting you to see Larry Z get his.  The other aspect of it was I feel like it demonstrated what Bruno epitomized and that is pure class.

Larry Z comes off as an ungrateful punk, and Bruno as the classiest guy in the room. From what I understand of him, I don't think that characterization of Bruno is far off from the guy he was.

As the longest reigning WWE Champion (8 YEARS!), he was absolutely beloved by the fans of that promotion and especially New York's Madison Square Garden.

Anyhow, I'm not really equipped to do a great tribute to Mr. Sammartino so I'm going to stop there, and simply in peace, sir.  The wrestling industry owes you a debt of gratitude.

Also cheers to a life well-lived!

*If you have WWE Network I'd recommend checking for it on there, but wanted to give easy and free access to that match for the purposes of this post.