Tagged: Bruno Sammartino

In a new interview, Triple H talks about Killer Kowalski and whether the 1980s are the golden age of the WWF

Anyone who’s an inside fan of the WWE or wrestling in general will enjoy the interview that Triple H recently did with the Grantland website. He talks openly about behind-the-scene doings and his relationship with father-in-law Vince McMahon.

There are a few points in which he references the nostalgia of the 1980s WWF scene, or even earlier WWWF memories, including the following: Continue reading

Van Halen’s David Lee Roth talks about Nikolai Volkoff in a hilarious video

This week, I had the chance to watch a video blog by Van Halen singer David Lee Roth titled, “A Personal History of Professional Wrestling, Part 1,” which was highlighted for me by his commentary about Nikolai Volkoff.

The 30-minute clip has plenty of zany moments as only Roth can deliver them.

In the beginning, he talks of Continue reading

Tonight at the Hall of Fame, Sammartino and Backlund get some respect back

So, this weekend, in the shadow of WrestleMania 29, two of the biggest omissions in the WWE Hall of Fame will be corrected.

Madison Square Garden has lost its luster as the “Mecca of professional wrestling,” as Gorilla Monsoon used to call it, but it is appropriate that Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund — each of whom headlined dozens of cards at the arena during their tenures as WWF Heavyweight Champion — will get their due tonight at MSG during the Hall of Fame induction.

As I’ve written many times on this blog, Continue reading

Transcript of my interview with John Cena, Sr. about the first WrestleMania and Bruno Sammartino

I recently posted a podcast with John Cena, Sr. — the father of WWE superstar John Cena, who headlines WrestleMania 29 against the Rock — who talked to me about the first WrestleMania in 1985, Bruno Sammartino going into the WWE Hall of Fame, and his memories of the wrestling cards at the old Boston Garden. For those of you who were unable to hear the podcast or didn’t have time, below is the complete transcript of the interview. Continue reading

Sammartino: I’m happy Backlund is going into the Hall of Fame

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. Continue reading

My podcast interview with John Cena, Sr.: The first WrestleMania, Bruno, and the atmosphere of the old Boston Garden

I had a lot of fun earlier this week interviewing John Cena, Sr., the father of WWE superstar John Cena. Cena, Sr. also works in the pro wrestling business, going by the name Johnny Fabulous for Massachusetts-based indie promotions.

It seemed appropriate to talk to Cena, Sr. as we approach WrestleMania XXIX, when his son will compete against the Rock with the WWE Heavyweight Championship at stake.

During our interview, Cena, Sr. talks about: Continue reading

Thanks to Triple H, Bruno Sammartino will finally be in the WWE Hall of Fame

Wow. One of the most significant moments in quite a while for us long-time fans will finally happen on WrestleMania weekend when the WWE inducts Bruno Sammartino into its Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Madison Square Garden.

The hall has always suffered by Sammartino’s absence, and deservedly so. To this day, decades after his last appearance with the WWF, Bruno is still remembered by many as the face of the promotion. He connected with so many fans in the Northeast, not only in New York City, but also Continue reading