Bruno Sammartino, RIP

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  1. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

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    Bruno came to the U.S. after WWII from Italy as a skinny kid and built himself into the most famous pro wrestler ever. As a youngster I watched him on Studio Wrestling, a local Pittsburgh show that also featured local legend Bill Cardille and former Pirates great Pie Traynor among others. Bruno Sammartino was a Pittsburgh icon who lived in the same suburban house for the past 62 years (in the northern suburbs where I've lived a good portion of my life) and like another hero from these parts, Arnold Palmer, was a class act who had the common touch and treated everyone well. RIP
     
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    Back when I was a teenager I remember my watching the WWF one monday night and my dad laughing and telling me how his dad use to watch pro wrestling. Being of Italian descent I have to think my grandfather was a big Bruno fan. RIP!
     
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    A kid I knew back in the day was a big fan of wrestling. Sometimes he would strike a wrestling pose and shout out some pro wrestler's name. One of the names he really seemed to like was "Bruno Sammartino!"

    Just had ring to it.
     
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    RIP to another legend of pro wrestling. :(

    Former wrestler & manager “Number One” Paul Jones also passed the day that Bruno did. I remember watching Jones & his (heel) “Army” back in the 80s on Superstation WTBS.
     
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    Didn't know about Paul Jones passing. I must watch him and Nelson Royal wrestle each other a dozen times in the early 70's. Love ever minute of it. Thanks DD.
     
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    I recall watching Jones wrestle in CWF when I’d visit my grandfolks in FLA. However, I most recall him as a heel manager with his “Army” feuding against Jimmy “BoogeyWoogey Man” Valiant in the mid 80s in Jim Crockett Promotions.

     
  8. Don Wassall

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    Bruno Sammartino was always a magical name, the Babe Ruth of his sport. Yes of course pro wrestling was and is an act, albeit one that requires great strength and talent, but the thing to remember about Bruno is how modest he was and how well he treated people. What famous people do with their fame is ultimately what counts.

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