In my previous post, I started off by discussing how Rock’s WWE Championship victory over CM Punk would likely rank as the biggest news story of the year in wrestling. Boy was I wrong.
With all due respect to Rock, I must retract that statement because the biggest story of the year transpired less than 24 hours ago when it was announced that Bruno Sammartino will be inducted into the 2013 class of the WWE Hall of Fame.
The story first broke yesterday afternoon on ESPN.com in a great article by Jon Robinson. While several details of the exact negotiations haven’t been made public, it is clear that HHH (Paul Levesque) played a pivotal role in sealing the deal. There will be a DVD retrospective of Sammartino’s career released later this year and he is expected to be heavily featured in an upcoming project celebrating the 50th anniversary of WWWF/WWF/WWE.
Sammartino is unquestionably the greatest WWE Champion in history. The only fact that really needs to be mentioned is that his two title reigns lasted a grand total of 4,040 days! He also headlined more Madison Square Garden sellouts (187) than any wrestler in company history. His induction will be even sweeter since the Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at the Garden the night before WrestleMania 29. Talk about life coming full circle.
The greatest of all time is not a tag I use lightly when describing any wrestler, but in his case it’s 100% deserved.
Well done Bruno. You’ve long since earned it and fans across the world look forward to seeing you take your rightful place in the annals of the company you helped build.