Below are some of the highlights and the full interview:
On being highly critical of the WWE during the ‘Attitude Era’ and turning down the WWE Hall of Fame invitation.
“I had been very outspoken about some of the things that were bothering me…I didn’t like the direction, as far as the nudity, vulgarity, and profanity like there was no tomorrow…I felt in my heart that they were very wrong, and I felt that going into the Hall of Fame would be hypocritical of me at the time and I just wouldn’t do it”
May 17, 1963 – Bruno Sammartino defeated Nature Boy Buddy Rogers in Madison Square Garden to win the WWWF Title; the match lasted 48 seconds. Recently dubbed as “the original screwjob”, promoters Joseph “Toots” Mondt and Vince McMahon Sr. led Rogers to believe that the contest would end in disqualification. Bruno informed Rogers of the last minute change in plans in the ring as they were about to wrestle each other.
Here is a recent interview with WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino, who spoke with ‘Inside The Ropes’:
Thoughts on Billy Graham’s recent comments about him:
“I think I feel sorry for him. I think he’s done so much drugs throughout his career that his brains been burned out because he speaks of things he knows nothing about. For example in my own situation, he knows very well that when I spoke about WWE and was very critical about them, that he had heard me say if they changed everything that I would change my mind. He heard me from years ago saying yes I would. He’s been critical of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, New York and he wanted out of that because he got mad at somebody, I don’t know who. He recently was appalled at CM Punk because he said something about me wrestling in the Garden once a month. The things that Billy Graham says, I really have no idea why he says them. He talks about things without really knowing all the facts. I just think there’s something wrong with the man.”
STAMFORD, Conn., March 25, 2013* – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Hollywood icon, bodybuilding legend and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, will induct Bruno Sammartino into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 6, 2013 as part of WrestleMania® Week.
Jamie Kennedy reports that during an incredible in-depth interview, WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013 inductee Bruno Sammartino sheds light on his need for change within the company before accepting induction, as well as his relationship with Triple H, Vince McMahon and others.
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Fighting Spirit Magazine is featuring another quote from a recent interview with TNA’s Hulk Hoganwhere he is asked to respond to a recent promo by CM Punk on WWE television where he said, in character, that guys like Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino “had it easy” during their respective reigns as WWE Champion.
Welcome to OWW Radio! Each week hosts David and Alex will provide perspective to the WWE, TNA, and everything else making news in the world of professional wrestling. A new episode will be posted each Friday. This week David and Alex chat about the Elimination Chamber, The Rock, Jeff Hardy, Aces & Eights, Bruno Sammartino, National Pro Wrestling Day, and more!