There, he held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship (WWWF Heavyweight Championship during his second reign) for over 11 years (4,040 days) across two reigns, the first of which is the longest single reign in the promotion's history at 2,803 days.
During his first reign, Sammartino headlined the first wrestling card at the then-new MSG.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania resident was inducted at Madison Square Garden by iconic Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger. He held the title until 1971. However, while trying to convince Sammartino to return to WWF for a second lengthy title reign, McMahon Sr. made what was believed to be a rare offer from a wrestling promoter, promising to not only book Sammartino at only the nation's top venues but also pay him a percentage of every gate for events in which he participated. Sammartino, his mother and many villagers were almost killed by Nazi soldiers at one point while attempting to hide in the mountains but were ultimately saved by members of the Allied Forces. They eventually joined his immigrant father in Pittsburgh in 1950. Per the company website, after setting a world record in 1959 by bench-pressing 565 pounds, Sammartino caught the eye of Vincent J. McMahon, and became a sports-entertainer. He had rivalries with Killer Kowalski, Gorilla Monsoon and George "The Animal" Steele during his title runs and later wrestled famous grudge matches at Shea Stadium against Pedo Morales and Larry Zbyszko.
Sammartino's popularity earned him the nickname the "Living Legend".
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"Sammartino began lifting weights as a young man and grew to become one of the strongest men on the planet".
Bruno returned to WWE in the mid-80s as a broadcaster alongside Mr. McMahon and as a mentor for his son David, who was just beginning his grappling career.
"Devastated to hear the passing of a true icon, legend, great, honest and wonderful man", professional wrestler Triple H also tweeted. "Anybody who sees me in person will see the worst cauliflower ears I think you have ever seen", Sammartino once said, as reported by the Post-Gazette. RIP Bruno. My thoughts and prayers are with his family today.
Olympic gold medalist and WWE star Kurt Angle, a Pittsburgh native, called Sammartino "a hometown hero" who carried himself with dignity and was courteous to fans.