Bruno Sammartino

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Real Names - Bruno Lugogo?
Birthdate - 10/6/36
5'10" 265 lbs. - Pittsburgh, PA

Aliases - Bruno Romano

Athletic background - Boxing, Weightlifting

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - ???(`59-), Toronto, WWWF/WWF(`63-`87), Japan(`67-`7?), Grand Prix(`73), WWA(`73)

Peak Years - `62-`70

Career Highlights -
- Defeats Buddy Rogers in mere seconds in 1963 to become the WWWF Champion and reigns until `71
- Makes a triumphant run in Japan in the late 60s
- Battles his replacement Pedro Morales in a big one-hour draw for the WWWF title
- Defeats Stan Stasiak for his second WWWF title in 1973 and reigns until `77
- Wrestles Stan Hansen in a big grudge match in Shea Stadium

Finisher(s) -
- Bearhug

Favorites -
- Backbreaker
- Hammerlock
- Punch
- Jumping Kick
- Forearm

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 5
science - 3
aerial - 0
power - 9
strikes - 6

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 9
selling - 3
bumping - 4
carrying - 5
heat - 10
legacy - 10

Serious Injuries - Lower Back

Place in History - Bruno Sammartino made a step away from the wrestling scene in the mid-80s, but was immortalized in not only in the United States, but in his home country. In Italy, he as a Colisieum named after him and the house he grew up in is a landmark. Though his era is often looked upon as a low-point in wrestling, Sammartino drew huge gates for the WWWF (arguably the most MSG sellouts) and became a bonafide wrestling legend. Sammartino's matches with people like Stan Hansen, Giant Baba, Pedro Morales, Larry Zbyszko were legendary. And though he was not as gifted as he was presented, he was a tremendous star and a catalyst for the muscular-looking superstar is still a big draw to this day.

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