– Former wrestling champions, Bruno Sammartino, has died today April 18 at the age of 82
– WWE confirms the sad news of his death
– Tripple H and other WWE stars have taken to Social Media to send their condolences to family and love ones of the late wrestler
Former wrestling champions, Bruno Sammartino, has died today April 18 at the age of 82, WWE confirms.
Sammartino caught the eye of Vincent J McMahon, and moved into the world of wrestling when he set a world record in 1959 by bench-pressing a mammoth 565 pounds.
In 1963 Sammartino became the second ever WWE Champion, defeating Buddy Rogers in a breathtaking 48 seconds at Madison Square Garden.
WWE superstars have already started paying tribute to Sammartino who revolutionised the sport in his day.
Triple H tweeted: “Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man….”A true friend…and one of the toughest people I’ve ever met.
My thoughts are with his entire family. #RIPBrunoSammartino #AmericanDream”.
Cody Rhodes said: “Nothing today can happen without what he did back then. Rest in power and thank you Bruno Sammartino.”