As previously reported, WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino passed away earlier this week at the age of 82. Chris Cruise, actor who is known for Traditional Championship Wrestling, told Dan Gelston of the Associated Press that the WWE Hall Of Famer was hospitalized for two months prior to his death.
Also in the article by Associated Press on Sammartino, his longtime friend and protégé and fellow WWE Hall Of Famer Larry Zbyszko spoke with Gelston about the heat he had back in the day for turning heel on Sammartino, which led to the infamous “Showdown at Shea” between the two in a steel cage match.
“I was getting my car smashed, I had to hide in trunks,” said Zbyszko. “I was going down the highway in a new Cadillac with the windows smashed, the mirrors hanging, the lights are out. It was a different time, a different day. My god, the riots… People hated me for 20 years after that match.”
Zbyszko, who in his WWE Hall Of Fame induction speech mentioned how much Sammartino meant to his career, closed out his comments to Gelston by doing the same, crediting “The Living Legend” for the influence he had on his career.
“Everything I learned was from Bruno,” said Zbyszko. “He was my mentor.”
You can check out the complete article on Bruno Sammartino from the Associated Press at APNews.com.
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