The Camel Clutch Blog recently posted a great interview with Bruno Sammartino about his upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame this year at Madison Square Garden as part of WrestleMania XXIX.
Among the topics discussed was the fact that Bob Backlund will also go into the Hall of Fame on the same night, which for fans of the WWWF and WWF in the 1970s and ’80s, is a huge double bill.
Much like Pedro Morales was picked by Vince McMahon, Sr. in 1971 to replace Sammartino as the WWWF Heavyweight Champion, Backlund was also slotted as Bruno’s successor in 1978.
During the Camel Clutch podcast, Sammartino told host Eric Gargiulo that Backlund was a no-nonsense athlete.
“[Backlund] was champion for a good period of time. He always kept himself in good shape. He was a guy with no gimmick or nothing, he just went into the ring with a pair of boots and tights,” Sammartino said. “I believe very strongly he belongs in the Hall of Fame.”
Because Sammartino had only started watching WWE wrestling again in 2012 after a lengthy period away from it, he had assumed Backlund was already in the hall.
“I was a little surprised to find out that [Backlund] had not gone into the Hall of Fame,” he said. “I’m happy for him that he is going in this year.”
The crowd at Madison Square Garden on April 6 during the inductions ceremonies will go nuts to see Sammartino and Backlund both inducted, given their successes in that arena.
The full Camel Clutch podcast with Bruno is well worth listening to, as he details his discussions with Triple H about agreeing to go into the Hall of Fame.