[Bruno Sammartino Gallery]
||Bruno Laopardo Franceso Sammartino
||October 6, 1935
||Born in Pizzoferrato, Italy
Moved to Abruzzi, Italy
Moved to Pennsylvania
|Height & Weight:
||6'1" - 260 lbs
||The Living Legend
Cowboy Bob Duncum
Waldo Von Erich
(Toronto) International Tag Team w/Whipper Billy Watson;
WWWA (Pittsburgh) United States Tag Team titles w/Argentina Apollo;
WWWF World Heavyweight title defeating Buddy Rogers (May 17, 1963);
WWWF United States Tag Team titles w/Spiros Arion (July 24, 1967);
WWWF International Tag Team titles w/Dominic Denucci (June 18, 1971);
WWWF World Heavyweight title defeating Stan Stasiak (December 10, 1973);
(Montreal) Grand Prix Tag Team titles w/Eduard Carpentier;
WWA (Indianapolis) World Tag Team titles w/Dick the Bruiser;
Obsessedwithwrestling.com Hall of Fame Inductee (2004);
In The Beginning
Bruno Sammartino was born in Abruzzi, Italy and immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen..
Bruno Sammartino idolized a greco-roman wrestler named Batisti who represented Italy in the Olympics in the 30s..
Bruno Sammartino worked out whenever he could at a local gym in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at night..
Bruno Sammartino's first job in America was as a construction worker and during the evenings..
World Wide Wrestling Federation
1959: Bruno Sammartino debuted in the wild world of Professional Wrestling..
May 17, 1963: Bruno Sammartino defeated Buddy Rogers with a reverse backbreaker to capture the WWWF World title..
~~~Bruno Sammartino would hold the WWWF World title for an incredible EIGHT years straight!
January 18, 1971: Bruno Sammartino was finally dethrowned by "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff..
September 30, 1972 - Shae Stadium: Bruno Sammartino vs. Pedro Morales went to a one hour and 16 minutes time limit draw..
World Wide Wrestling Federation
December 10, 1973: Bruno Sammartino defeated Stan Stasiak to recapture the WWWF World title..
~~~Bruno Sammartino's second WWWF World title reign lasted just over 3 years, Bruno was the 1st to win the title twice..
November 17, 1973 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino defeated Ivan Koloff with Gorilla Monsoon as special guest referee..
December 16, 1975 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino defeated Ivan Koloff in a 15 ft. high steel cage match to retain in front of 30,000 fans..
February 2, 1976 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino beat Billy Graham by referee stoppage due to several cuts inflicted on Graham by Bruno..
March 29, 1976 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino & Tony Parisi defeated Billy Graham & Ivan Koloff..
April 26, 1976 - MSG: Stan Hansen defeated Bruno Sammartino by referee stoppage after Sammartino suffered a cut above his eye..
~~~Bruno Sammartino also suffered a "fractured vertebrae" after receiving The Lariat before a stunned audience..
June 25, 1976 - Shae Stadium: Bruno Sammartino defeated Stan Hansen by COUNT OUT..
December 12, 1976 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino defeated Stan Stasiak in a "Sicilian Stretcher Match"..
March 7, 1977 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino defeated Ken Patera with Gorilla Monsoon as Special guest referee..
Bruno Sammartino trained and introduced Larry Zbyzsko into the wrestling business..
Bruno Sammartino & Larry Zbyzsko eventually became enemies and started a bitter feud..
April 12, 1980: Bruno Sammartino defeated Larry Zbyszko in a "Texas Death Match"..
August 9, 1980 - Shea Stadium: Bruno Sammartino defeated Larry Zbyszko in a classic Steel Cage match..
Bruno Sammartino also feuded with his other protege, Spiros Arion, whose mind was tainted by the evil Fred Blassie!
May 1, 1977: Superstar Billy Graham defeated Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World title..
June 27, 1977 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino vs "Superstar" Billy Graham went to a TIME LIMIT DRAW..
World Wrestling Federation
1984: Bruno Sammartino officially became known as "The Living Legend"..
March 17, 1985: Bruno & David Sammartino defeated Paul Orndorff & Bobby Heenan..
March 31, 1985 - Wrestlemania 1: David Sammartino w/Bruno Sammartino vs Brutus Beefcake w/Johnny V. went to a no contest..
May 1985 - House Show: Bruno & David Sammartino defeated Johnny Valiant & Brutus Beefcake..
August 24, 1985 - House Show: Roddy Piper vs Paul Orndorff [Special Referee: Bruno Sammartino]
September 28, 1985 - House Show: Bruno Sammartino & Paul Orndorff vs Roddy Piper & Bob Orton..
October 26, 1985 - House Show: Bruno Sammartino & Paul Orndorff beat Roddy Piper & Bob Orton in a Cage Match..
April 2, 1986 - Wrestlemania 2: Bruno Sammartino participated in the 20-Man Invitational Battle Royal..
June 1986 - House Show: Tito Santana & Bruno Samartino vs Randy Savage & Adrian Adonis..
July 1986 - House Show: Tito Santana & Bruno Samartino vs Randy Savage & Adrian Adonis in a Steel Cage Match..
1986: Bruno Sammartino officially retired from in-ring action but stayed on as a color commentator..
July 19, 1987 - House Show: Bruno Sammartino vs Honky Tonk Man..
Bruno Sammartino's claim to fame (one of them, I suppose) was that during his career he had never lost a Steel Cage match..
April 2003: The Madison Square Garden network is working on a documentary on Bruno Sammartino, and is scheduled to air in June..
February 19, 2004: Bruno Sammartino declined WWE's offer to attend a Hall of Fame ceremony the night before Wrestlemania..
May 18, 2004: Sammartino was honored in Pittsburgh on the 41st Anniversary of winning the WWWF title from Buddy Rogers..
~~~It was on May 17, 1963, in Madison Square Garden, when Sammartino made Rogers submit with a bearhug in 47 seconds..
February 2005: The Associated Press reports Bruno Sammartino refused an invitation to be inducted in the 2005 WWE Hall Of Fame..
August 27, 2005--WrestleReunion: Larry Zbyszko defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win five minutes with Bruno Sammartino!
~~~DDP actually used a diamond cutter on Zbyszko, then pulled him on top of him so Larry won the match..
~~~Bruno Sammartino attacked Larry Zbyszko and started choking him out until he was pulled off very quickly..
March 5, 2006--Legends PPV: Dory Funk Jr. & Mike Graham w/Bruno Sammartino beat Tully Blanchard & David Flair w/JJ Dillon..
May 15, 2006 - RAW: WWE showed a "This Week in Wrestling History" video featuring Bruno Sammartino's win over Buddy Rogers
September 16, 2006 - Ring of Honor: Bruno Sammartino made a rare and inspiring appearance to praise ROH and its performers...