Eight things you need to know about Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino is the longest reigning WWE Champion in history, an unmatched box-office attraction and an inspiration to a generation of kids who grew up admiring The Italian Superman. And there’s a chance you might have no idea who he is.

Don’t feel bad if you’re not familiar with Bruno. John F. Kennedy was in office when The Living Legend won his first WWE Title and disco music was still on the radio when he wrestled his last match. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two about one of the most integral pieces in the WWE puzzle. 

Here, WWE Classics offers up a crash course in the life of a sports-entertainment institution. Read our CliffsNotes then dive deeper into the unique life of the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame inductee. You’ll thank us later.