Professional wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino dies at 82

Posted by: MBR on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 5:01 am
Professional wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino dies at 82[i:209xess2]He was wrestling's biggest box office draw in the 1960s and '70s – carrying on rivalries with the likes of Killer Kowalski and Gorilla Monsoon – and sold out Madison Square Garden 187 times over his career.[/i:209xess2]Sammartino’s family fled a Nazi invasion of his village in Italy and he hid with his mother in a mountain called Valla Rocca during the German occupation. They eventually joined his immigrant father in Pittsburgh in 1950.He became a noted weightlifter and the WWE said he once bench-pressed 569 pounds in 1959, a feat that was noticed by promoter Vincent J. McMahon. Sammartino’s Italian heritage, brute strength and good-guy charisma helped make him an instant star in the Northeast. He had rivalries with Killer Kowalski, Gorilla Monsoon and George “The Animal” Steele during his title runs and later wrestled famous grudge matches at Shea Stadium against Pedo Morales and Larry Zbyszko. 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.He was a broadcaster for several years in the 1980s and competed in a battle royal at the second WrestleMania in 1986. He was in his son David’s corner for a bout at the first WrestleMania in 1985. ... ies-at-82/
Posted by: MBR on Thu Apr 19th, 2018 5:02 am
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