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

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February 07, 2013

The Brooklyn Brawler — no stranger to the Madison Square Garden crowd himself — believes the induction will be a special moment. “I think it’s great that Bruno Sammartino is being inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame,” he said. “As a child and even as a teenager, I always idolized him. It’s a privilege to have been in the ring with Bruno Sammartino, and he’s more than deserving of being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I think the reaction and the sentiment from all the WWE Universe is gonna be tremendous.”

New York native Tommy Dreamer, who witnessed Bruno’s legendary Shea Stadium clash with Larry Zbyszko in person, concurred. “It’s great that Bruno is being inducted into the Hall of Fame; it’s long overdue,” he said. “To see him change his attitude about WWE is awesome. I credit Triple H with reintroducing Bruno to today’s WWE. I’m really glad he’s back as part of the WWE family.”

Sammartino’s reach spreads far beyond the New York connection, as former ECW announcer Joey Styles noted. “As an Italian-American whose family is also from the Abruzzi region of Italy, Bruno Sammartino was and is an inspiration,” Styles said. “The haunting story of his childhood in German-occupied Italy during World War II is even more amazing than his wrestling career. Back in high school, my paesans and I had a very bare bones gym above my friend’s garage that was adorned with posters of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Lou Ferrigno, Lee Haney and, the only non-bodybuilder who inspired us to load more weight on the bar, Bruno!” 

As a practitioner of the old-school wrestling style Sammartino embodies, Dory Funk Jr. — already a Hall of Famer along with Terry and Dory Funk, and the NWA Champion around the same time Bruno was WWE Champion — was also among those singing Sammartino’s praises.

“I was always a fan of his, what he did for professional wrestling, what he did for New York City, what he did for WWE at the time and for Vincent J. McMahon,” Funk said. “And when I heard he was being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, I said to my wife, ‘That’s it. The WWE Hall of Fame is really going to be big this year.’ ”

Funk went on to say that this Hall of Fame ceremony in particular would have been incomplete without the inclusion of The Living Legend.

“I think Bruno really had to be part of it,” Funk added. “Maybe not before [it came to MSG], but it’s really nice to have him now, I think it’s terrific.”

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