WWE: Wrestlers mourn loss Bruno Sammartino
By Rafael Bandayrel
The wrestling world lost a true legend with the death of Bruno Sammartino and pro wrestlers who came after him are mourning the lost.
Sammartino, who was 82-years-old, passed in his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday. He is the owns the record for the longest WWE (then WWWF) championship reign as he held the title for almost eight years while having the gold in his possession for a combined 12 years.
The Italian Superstar started wrestling in 1950 and became an era-defining superstar under Vince McMahon’s Sr.’s WWWF. Sammartino’s legendary career is an integral piece that turned pro wrestling into the pop-culture giant that it is today.
Members of the wrestling industry honoured the icon by sharing memories of him:
Forever a champion. Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/f3ywW4opje
— Bret Hart (@BretHart) April 18, 2018
Nothing today can happen without what he did back then. Rest in power and thank you Bruno Sammartino. pic.twitter.com/JEuHPUh3fJ
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) April 18, 2018
— Rusev (@RusevBUL) April 18, 2018
Bruno was a true champion. He was known for his love of his family, this business, and our country.
— AJStyles.Org (@AJStylesOrg) April 18, 2018
Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man…
A true friend…and one of the toughest people I've ever met.
My thoughts are with his entire family. #RIPBrunoSammartino #AmericanDream
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 18, 2018
Growing up, my grandfather Stu Hart would ALWAYS talk about Bruno Sammartino and what an incredible wrestler he was. I’m so grateful I had the chance to meet Bruno and tell him how much he meant to my grandfather and the entire Hart family. We will all miss you, Bruno. pic.twitter.com/Dclu5hMGa6
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) April 18, 2018
— Chavo Guerrero jr. (@mexwarrior) April 18, 2018
Bruno is undoubtedly one of the greatest ever. My father's favorite wrestler. He's impacted many generations of superstars and will continue to do so. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
— LarsWWE (@LarsSWWE) April 18, 2018
Bruno is indirectly responsible for where I am today. Growing up in Pittsburgh, he was my father’s hero, and sparked my dad’s passion for the business that he passed on to me.
I was lucky enough to spend some time with Bruno, and the man exemplified class. #RIPBruno
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) April 18, 2018
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) April 18, 2018
UPDATE- (Due to popular demand, I decided to give the amazing episode of #TalkIsJericho w #Bruno an Encore Presentation NOW on @itunes & @applepodcasts! No ads, no rundown, just a great conversation with one of the biggest stars in wrestling history… and a tremendously nice guy!) Sorry to hear of the passing of the legendary #BrunoSammartino. One of my favorite episodes of #TalkIsJericho was chatting with him in his favorite Italian restaurant (at his insistence) in Pittsburgh a year and a half ago. He was a great guest and was in such amazing shape that he looked like he could still kick my ass!! A true gentleman, pioneer and inspiration….THANK YOU BRUNO!
One of the finest men I knew, in life and in business. Bruno Sammartino proved that hard work can overcome even the most difficult of circumstances. He will be missed. #RIPLivingLegend pic.twitter.com/PNDuQ31Phd
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 18, 2018
In 2013, Sammartino was immortalized when he got inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.