Tagged: Bruno Sammartino

Finally, Bob Backlund will enter the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013

It seems to me that when the WWE started its Hall of Fame, the top five or 10 longest reigning WWF Heavyweight champions should have automatically been inducted in the initial years. As we know, that has not happened, but a big step in the right direction occurred on Monday Night Raw this week with the news that Bob Backlund was going into the hall’s 2013 class.

Backlund is technically a three-time former WWF champion, although I believe the official record books still say two-time. That’s because in 1979, Backlund did a quickie title exchange in Japan with Antonio Inoki that was not publicly acknowledged at the time (and still isn’t talked about often).

Taking the brief Inoki run out of the picture, Backlund held the belt from February 1978 until December 1983, nearly six years. Take that, CM Punk.

As was the case back in those days, Continue reading

Bruno: Vince asked me to come back to help Boston’s attendance

Bruno Sammartino’s audio interviews with Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez on the Wrestling Observer website are great, and Sammartino’s most recent discussion this week brought up a tidbit of Boston wrestling history that I did not know about.

Back in 1985, Sammartino had returned to the WWF as color commentator with Vince McMahon for Championship Wrestling, and Bruno also seconded his son, David, at the first WrestleMania. Later that year, with David’s career not exactly going places, McMahon approached Sammartino, he recalled during the Observer interview. Continue reading

Before WrestleMania, there was Showdown from Shea

Before the first WrestleMania ever hit Madison Square Garden in 1985, the WWF ran a series of outdoor supershows over an eight-period that were known as Showdown from Shea.

The venue was the old Shea Stadium in Queens, NY (former home of the New York Mets), and in all three events, Bruno Sammartino was the headliner: Continue reading

Bruno Sammartino appeared at two WrestleManias

It’s not a well remembered fact that former WWWF Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino was part of two WrestleManias.

That might be hard to believe given how anti-Bruno the WWE is these days (and vice versa for that matter), yet in the early days of Mania, the WWF was smart to play all of its cards, including Sammartino. Continue reading

The Kevin Nash-CM Punk angle might work

Watching and listening to Kevin Nash and CM Punk go at it verbally is amusing. Punk says every time Nash shows up on WWE Monday Night Raw, people change the channel. Nash tells Punk he looks like a short-order cook at Waffle House. Punk states that instead of “Big Sexy,” Nash’s nickname should be “Big Lazy.” And on and on…

However, some members of the insider Internet wrestling community have gone haywire because they don’t like 52-year-old Nash strolling onto Raw and grabbing a top spot from younger stars like Punk. Hey, when Triple H took over, we all knew Nash would be one of the first people he’d call.

I don’t find myself as insulted by Nash’s presence. I’m not one of those people who believes that the only role older stars play is to put newer guys over.

For example, I remember when the WWF brought back Continue reading

What would WWF wrestlers do to the victorious Boston Bruins?

Congrats to the Boston Bruins for winning the NHL Stanley Cup against the Vancouver Canucks.

If the Bruins had any bit of the WWE in their blood, the following incidents would be guaranteed to occur following the Stanley Cup victory: Continue reading

Bald head, hairy back, and turnbuckle stuffing: The hallmarks of George “The Animal” Steele

By any standards, George “The Animal” Steele was a bizarre character. I remember as a kid seeing this big, bald guy with an impossibly hairy back and green tongue mowing through jobbers using, as announcer Vince McMahon would say, “an unorthodox style.”

Steele’s big spot in most of his matches was Continue reading