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Bruno Sammartino (1936-2018)


Real Name - Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino
Birthdate - 10/6/1936 - 4/18/2018
5'10" 265 lbs. - Pittsburgh, PA

Athletic Background - Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting; Wrestling, Boxing; Football (High School)

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - Pittsburgh(`59-), Capitol, Toronto, WWWF/WWF(`63-`87), JWA(`67-`7?),
 Grand Prix(`73), WWA(`73), All Japan(`73)

Groups - none

Peak Years - `62-`70

Finisher(s) - 
- Bearhug
- Over-the-Shoulder Backbreaker

Favorites - 
Armdrag into Armbar
Jumping Kick
Overhead Forearm to chest

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Power 10 

Intangibles Rating - 

 Heat 10 

Place in History - Bruno Sammartino made a step away from the wrestling scene in the mid-80s, but was immortalized in not only in the United States, but in his home country.  In Italy, he as a Coliseum named after him and the house he grew up in is a landmark.  Though his era is often looked upon as a low-point in wrestling, Sammartino drew huge gates for the WWWF and became a bonafide wrestling legend.  Sammartino's matches with people like Stan Hansen, Giant Baba, Pedro Morales, Larry Zbyszko were legendary.  And though he was not as gifted as he was presented, he was a tremendous star and a catalyst for the muscular-looking superstar is still a big draw to this day.