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Tributes hold pouring in for the passing of WWE and New York sports activities nice Bruno Sammartino, from practically everybody who’s anybody on the planet wrestling to a 10-bell salute earlier than WWE’s most up-to-date present in South Africa. Sammartino’s affect prolonged far past the world of sports activities leisure, nonetheless, and Thursday noticed two new, large tributes for the Dwelling Legend.

The primary is from Madison Sq. Backyard, the constructing Sammartino famously offered out 187 instances (188 when you depend his Corridor of Fame induction there in 2013). MSG is WWE’s unofficial “residence” and Bruno and the Backyard are virtually synonymous, so it’s nice to see them honoring a “true Backyard legend.”

One other large tribute got here within the type of pop star Bruno Mars, who famously added the “Bruno” to his identify due to Sammartino:

An evidence of the identify selection and their first assembly, through the Related Press:

Sammartino heard by pals that Mars, born Peter Gene Hernandez, was nicknamed “Bruno” by his father as a result of he was a “chunky” child. The wrestling legend – now 81 – was about 275 kilos in his prime and the favourite wrestler of Mars’ father …

Sammartino jokingly gave Mars an image of himself in his wrestling “prime” to show he was extra muscular than chunky, and a duplicate of his championship belt from what was then often called the World-Huge Wrestling Federation.

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