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WWE has misplaced one of many faces on its Mt. Rushmore this morning as Bruno Sammartino, one of the essential skilled wrestlers in historical past and a constructing block of the business, died on Wednesday at age 82. WWE confirmed the information. The one particulars on his passing at the moment are that he’d been battling well being points for the previous a number of months, and that he died peacefully.

There’s no method to overstate Bruno’s position within the historical past and formation of WWE as a sport, model, and attraction. Wrestling’s “residing legend” was Hulk Hogan earlier than Hulk Hogan, the preferred wrestler of the 1960s and 1970s, holding the then-WWWF Heavyweight Championship solely twice, however holding onto it for over 11 years. Bruno’s first reign stays the longest single reign for a champion in WWE historical past at an astonishing 2,803 days, for a grand whole of four,040. He’s additionally notable for promoting out Madison Sq. Backyard a large 188 instances, together with one closing time when Arnold Schwarzenegger inducted him into the WWE Corridor of Fame in 2013.

WWE makes use of “legend” to explain all of their notable, older Superstars, however Bruno Sammartino is the legend.

For those who aren’t conversant in his work, under are just a few clips to recollect him by, adopted by a variety of professional wrestling’s largest stars sharing their reminiscences, ideas, and condolences. We’d say “relaxation in energy” to Bruno, however we’re certain that’s the one approach he is aware of methods to do it.

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