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Sammartino comments on the Hall of Fame, Flair, Hogan, and more

In an interview with Inside the Ropes last night, Bruno Sammartino talked about why he’s not in the WWE Hall of Fame, his problem with the company and more.

Here are highlights from the interview:

On his memories of WrestleMania 1: “When McMahon contacted me after Vince Sr died, he asked me if I would come back saying he wanted to carry on his fathers tradition and who better to do that with than me because I’d been there for so many years. I agreed because he said I’d do broadcasting once every three weeks. Everything turned out to be not true. He did not keep in his father’s tradition. He made changes that I personally didn’t care for. I saw the disgusting steroid and drug use that bother me tremendously so things started going bad for me in that relationship. As for that WrestleMania, I had no idea how big it would be. I was there as a second, with my son on the ring. I was so unhappy at the time. I just wanted to get away from there.”

On the changes in wrestling he didn’t like: “Not that we had girl wrestlers, they brought them in skimpy. The wrestling, they started getting more vulgar, the profanity, the language. Everything had changed. Triple H having sex with a corpse in a casket. You can imagine what that would do to someone like me who had been in the business 25 years and see this. To see Steve Austin, the champion, he had a can of beer in his hand and they had to bleep every word, there were little kids in the audience. It appalled me.”

On Hulk Hogan: “People get fooled by publicity. Hogan wasn’t a good champion at all. In 1985, Hogan had been champion for a year and a half. Vince asked me to put on the tights because the house was down. He would do a good house the first time, but if he came back the second, or dare the third time, he couldn’t draw. He wasn’t a great performer. It did not work. He would use him more for merchandise and pay per view events. He was not a good for a champion like previous people.”

On his backstage incident with Ric Flair in 2004: “He’s an idiot. A first class pathetic idiot. He wrote a book and said something that wasn’t very complimentary about me, I haven’t read it so I don’t know. So I’m standing in the hallway at the show talking to 2, 3 people and my back was turned to him. When I turned round and he saw me, I started walking towards him to say hello and he turned away and ran. Later he told one of the Hebner brothers that he wanted to come say hello to me but I turned my back on him and ignored him. Which is a complete bold class lie.”

On why he’s not in the Hall of Fame: “I am in the Hall of Fame. The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. Only wrestlers get inducted there. When you talk about McMahon’s Hall of Fame, I absolutely wouldn’t have any part of it because of my feelings for him and his company. Secondly, it’s not a legitimate Hall of Fame. When you have kids and you wanna go see a building, there’s nowhere to go. It’s just a marketing campaign. Look who’s in it, game show hosts, Drew Carey. A baseball player, football player. I’d be embarrassed to be in that Hall of Fame.”

On what he would do if he was inducted posthumously: “I don’t know the law….that’s something an attorney would have to tell me. I don’t know what the law is on that. That’s a good question. I’m glad you asked me that because I’m going to ask my lawyer about that.”

He also talks about meeting Vince McMahon in 2004 at RAW, his upbringing, his career in the WWWF and more.

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8 Responses

  1. Calvin says:

    You have to respect three man for holding to his beliefs. Do I agree with him 100 percent? No.

  2. Captain Ass says:

    I think that he needs to get over what happened 25 years ago and let bygones be bygones. Compare Bruno’s issues with Vince to Bret Hart’s issues and Bret’s were far more personal and he forgave Vince and went back to work for him. I’m not saying Bruno should work for Vince or even accept an induction to the WWE HOF, I’m just saying get over it you pig headed, mash mouthed old fart!

  3. WWE Kid says:

    This guy is a nobody. The WWE is AWESOME.

  4. Kerry says:

    Bruno Sammartino is a LEGEND in the PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING business & he’s 100% right, in my book.

  5. Captain Ass says:

    Well if he’s not right about anything else he’s definitely right about Ric Flair. I can completely see Flair turning tail and walking from Bruno after he was approached by him. Flair will talk trash about someone in his book and when he may be confronted about it, he’ll walk away rather than talk about it, unless it’s someone like Eric Bischoff or Mick Foley, who practically had to corner Flair to talk to him about his comments in his book about him (Foley).

  6. bah says:

    What would he do if he was inducted posthumously? NOTHING! He would be dead! Anything he can do to prevent himself being inducted posthumously, he would have do while he’s still alive, not when he’s dead!

    What a stupid question…

  7. Chris James says:

    Ya know… If ric flair wants to write a book and call this guy this name and say this about that guy.. LET HIM! It’s common knowledge that Flair isn’t good with his money.. That should be enough on the guy, but no. I’m sick of these unhappy and bitter old men trashing Flair.. They wish they were The Nature Boy..

  8. Chris James says:

    Hmmm. If a wrestler draws 50 crowds in a row but nobody is around to document it, does it really happen? Seems like Bruno is just mad that he isn’t part of wrestling lore the way Hogan and Andre are performing in front of 93 thousand people. Get over it.

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