WWE Superstars, Legends and Hall of Famers react to Bruno Sammartino's Hall of Fame induction

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February 07, 2013

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of Bruno Sammartino’s forthcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. One of the squared circle’s original superstars in every sense of the word and long revered as a true gentleman outside the ring, the longest-reigning WWE Champion in history was also the Hall’s most high-profile holdout. Years ticked by and class after class of inductees was announced with The Living Legend’s name conspicuously absent from the ballot, a result of personal reluctance on behalf of the old-school Superstar to return to the company he helped build.

For a while, it seemed like the Hall was doomed to live on absent one of its most deserving members. But it should be no news by now to say the wait is over and Sammartino will join the likes of Mick Foley, Bob Backlund and Trish Stratus in the 2013 induction ceremony on April 6. Adding to the significance of the event is that the ceremony itself will unfold in Madison Square Garden — the very arena where Sammartino won his first WWE Championship and The Living Legend’s personal stomping grounds (he sold out the building an unprecedented 187 times) during his time in the squared circle.

In other words, Bruno Sammartino is finally coming home, and the world could not be happier to see him there. The news of Sammartino’s induction was greeted with enthusiasm by not only the likes of ESPN, The Sun (U.K.), CBS and The Baltimore Sun, but also the various veterans of the WWE locker room. Apart from congratulations via Twitter and Tout from Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett (“well-deserved”), Cody Rhodes (“speaking on behalf of Goldust and my father — ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes — congratulations, Bruno Sammartino, Hall of Famer”) and Divas Champion Kaitlyn (“way to go, slugger”), The Living Legend’s induction has brought on benedictions from New York natives, in-ring veterans and fellow Hall of Famers alike, each of whom have been lining up to pay homage to the longest-reigning WWE Champion that has ever lived.

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