Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino

Pizzoferrato, Provincia di Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Death 18 Apr 2018 (aged 82)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Mausoleum, Good Shepard Corridor
Memorial ID 188956237 · View Source
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Professional Wrestler. Best know for holding the record for the longest reign as World Wide Wrestling Federation heavyweight champion. Born in Italy, his mother hid him from the Nazi occupiers during World War II. After the war, he and the rest of his family joined his father in Pittsburgh, where he attended Schenley High School. Due to bullying, he turned to wrestling and weightlifting. He was runner-up in the Olympic trials in weightlifting in 1956 and set a world record in the bench press in 1959, which led to his discovery by a local wrestling promoter. In 1963 he won the World Wide Wrestling Federation heavyweight championship, which he would hold until 1971, losing the belt to Ivan Koloff. He would regain the championship in 1973 and hold it for another four years. But injuries began to take their toll, as he broke his neck during a match in 1976. He lost the championship to Superstar Billy Graham in 1977, and although he had a number of rematches with Graham, he was unable to win the title back. He initially retired in 1981 but then came back in 1984 and wrestled until 1988. He was selected for the World Wide Entertainment (the successor to the World Wide Wrestling Federation) Hall of Fame in 2013.

Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert

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