Bruno Sammartino shoots on wrestling biz

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Former WWWF Heavyweight Champion, “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino, was one of the special guests on this past week’s live edition (03/17/08) of Monday Night Mayhem (presented by Sweet Sunshine Sauces) — which can be heard in streaming audio every week (hosted by The Big Mosh, Blade, & DFL and heard LIVE at 8PM ET/7PM CT every Monday night) exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, & www.ITunes.com).

Bruno’s interview can now be heard for FREE in Real Audio.

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Here are some of the highlights from “The Living Legend”‘s first Mayhem interview on the show, provided by The Mayhem’s senior show correspondents, Dan “Ho-Ju” Kriegbaum & Darren “DFL” Szalanski.

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Prior to the start of the interview, DFL proudly introduces “The Living Legend” as the first inductee into the Monday Night Mayhem Hall Of Fame & the Class Of 2008. We encourage all fans around the world to listen to “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” this Monday night (March 24th beginning at 8PM ET/7PM CT) & The Mayhem’s WrestleMania XXIV Countdown Special (March 30th, beginning at 11AM ET/10AM CT), as we announce more inductees into the hallowed halls of the Monday Night Mayhem Hall Of Fame. Bruno said he was “flabbergasted” by the tremendous honor.

Bruno mentioned that he had a great Saint Patrick’s Day this past week, nothing that “everyone is a little Irish” one time per year. On the topic of Saint Patrick’s Day, The Big Mosh asked Bruno if there was room on the table for both corned beef & cabbage (two St. Patty’s Day staples), as well as spaghetti. Bruno laughed, and said that it was “salmon day,” so he did not have an opportunity to enjoy either of the meals mentioned. He then added that he still has his fair share of pasta, however, since he came from Italy, and still enjoys it at least once a week. Bruno then explained why he keeps his weight down to 220 lbs. The reasoning is because that he works out six days/week, and he feels that if he can maintain he weight that the healthier he would be.

As Mosh & DFL begin to discuss the upcoming WWE Hall Of Fame Ceremonies next weekend, Blade shifted the gears of the interview by asking Bruno who he sees as a stand-out performer in today’s era of wrestling. Bruno said that due to the “drastic change” that Vince McMahon has put on the wrestling business, he has been “appalled” at how it has turned — with the vulgarity, nudity, & the “Kiss My Butt” club segments. He added that he refuses to watch wrestling now, so he has “never seen Cena,” and only remembers “Shawn Michaels as a rookie when he was working with Verne Gagne,” the two wrestlers who Blade mentioned as examples of .

The Big Mosh then mentions Ring Of Honor, and the time where Bruno gave them the credit for bringing “real wrestling” to the current era. Mosh asked Bruno his opinion on how important it is to not have the “sports-entertainment” aspect of wrestling take over what wrestling really is, or in some cases should be. Bruno stated that he worked hard for over 20 years in the business, but does not know if he would want to be responsible for “carrying the torch” for today’s era of wrestling. He added that if he was young & had children, he would not let his children watch wrestling the way it is today — using Vince McMahon’s elite club as an example once again, as well as The Undertaker’s Buried Alive & Casket Matches. “The wrestling that (he knows) and love is gone & dead.” He said that he enjoyed his time at Ring Of Honor, and hopes they can continue to grow bigger & better as an alternative to the “garbage called WWE.”

Mosh addressed the rumors of Bruno’s son, David, having the urge to get back into the wrestling business, and asked Bruno for his takes on the subject. Bruno said that to his understanding, David would like to be involved a little more with doing appearances & autograph signings, as well as possibly taking the next step since he has kept himself in great shape. He added that he does notknow how interested he is in starting an all-out career, but thinks it could be a combination of signings, appearances, & maybe working a couple independents here & there.

DFL & Mosh noted that Bruno has done a fantastic job keeping himself in shape as well, and alluded to the WresleReunion II convention in Valley Forge, PA. At the event, there was a challenge between Bruno Sammartino & Larry Zbyszko, that The Mayhem experienced live & ringside. Bruno laughed & compared the challenge to a “flush,” coming & going rather quickly, and said when he left the ring he was not even sure as to what has just occured. Bruno then mentioned that he is 72 years of age now, and things have changed greatly, all the way down to the ring itself. He then alluded to some injuries from competing on what felt like “concrete” in his career, including a time where he broke his neck and came very close to being paralyzed.

Mosh brought up how Bruno has gone on record to say that his time in wrestling is over, unlike some competitors over the past ten years or so, who have said their have retired…only to come back a few months or years later. He then asked Bruno when he knew it was time to “hang up the boots.” Bruno mentioned a time in 1959 right after he first started wrestling, when he was against Gorgeous George, and the guys in the locker room told him “not to hurt the old man.” After that match, he made a promise to himself that he was going to get out while he was still okay before he reached the point of being considered another “old man.” He then mentioned his last couple of weeks in wrestling being in The Meadowlands in New Jersey, immediately followed by a ten-day tour of Japan, and he retired happy knowing that he was wrestling in front of sold-out arenas all the way until the end. In regards to his comeback in the mid-’80’s, he said he only did it to help the draw since at the time “Hogan couldn’t,” and also to help out his son David’s career. After he started seeing the drug use start, and other “crude” acts, Bruno said he was finished for good, because he simply did not want to be associated with it.

Also, in this near 40-minute interview, Bruno addresses the controversial topic of why he has lost respect for “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, the topic of his favorite arenas/stadiums he competed in throughout his career, his respect for the fans, & his latest venture of theatre in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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