Bruno Sammartino, “The Living Legend” to Enter WWE® Hall of Fame

  Bruno Sammartino, “The Living Legend” to Enter WWE® Hall of Fame

Business Wire

STAMFORD, Conn. -- February 4, 2013

WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Bruno Sammartino will be inducted into the
WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Madison Square

WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Bruno Sammartino will be inducted into the
WWE Hall of Fame at a ...

WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Bruno Sammartino will be inducted into the
WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Madison Square
Garden. (Photo: Business Wire)

Sammartino, nicknamed “The Living Legend,” is a two-time WWE Champion and the
longest reigning WWE Champion in history, holding the title for a combined 11
years. His first title reign began on May 17, 1963, where he defeated “Nature
Boy” Buddy Rogers at Madison Square Garden. After losing the Championship in
1971, he regained the title on December 10, 1973, defeating Stan Stasiak at
Madison Square Garden, holding the Championship until April 30, 1977. When he
retired from the ring, Sammartino became a color commentator for WWE’s
syndicated Superstars program and stepped back into the ring on special
occasions. After his departure in 1988, Sammartino was openly critical of WWE,
and for many years declined the offer to be inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame,
citing concerns with WWE’s content and culture.

“For my fans around the world, I am pleased to be joining the WWE Hall of
Fame, especially at Madison Square Garden,” said Bruno Sammartino.

“Having sold out more than 200 shows at Madison Square Garden and being the
longest reigning WWE champion in history, Bruno Sammartino is truly ‘The
Living Legend,’” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “This is an
extraordinary and historic moment to have Bruno take his rightful place in the
WWE Hall of Fame.”

Tickets for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are currently
available through all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling
1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.
For more information on Bruno Sammartino, please visit

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                          THE LIVING LEGEND’S LEGACY

  *Longest reigning WWE Champion in history, holding the title for a combined
    11 years.
  *A two-time WWE Champion.
  *First WWE Championship came on May 17, 1963 at Madison Square Garden,
    where he defeated “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers in 48 seconds.
  *Second WWE Championship came on December 10, 1973 at Madison Square
    Garden, where he defeated Stan Stasiak.
  *Headlined more than 200 events at Madison Square Garden, the most ever for
    a WWE Superstar.
  *Born in Abbruzzi, Italy as one of seven siblings. Currently resides in
    Pittsburgh, PA.
  *Signature finishing move was the Bearhug.
  *Was advised by WWE Hall of Famer “Golden Boy” Arnold Skaaland for nearly
    20 years.
  *Headlined the first Showdown at Shea Stadium on September 30, 1972, going
    to a 1 hour, 18 minute draw against Pedro Morales. Would go on to headline
    three total events at Shea Stadium.
  *Headlined the only wrestling event ever held in Fenway Park.
  *Participated in two WrestleMania’s. At WrestleMania 1, he was in the
    corner of his son, David Sammartino, At WrestleMania 2, he participated in
    a Battle Royal.

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