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Bruno Sammartino Talks WrestleMania Memories, About Beef with Vince McMahon, and More

Bruno Sammartino appeared on Inside The Ropes on Thursday night. Here are some highlights.

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.”

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.”

Thoughts 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.”

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.”

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.”

What He’d Do if He Wa Inducted Into the Hall of Fame Post-Humously: “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.”

  • Joe

    Yeah, Hogan was such a bad champ that his first title reign lasted over 3 years. I respect Bruno but I think he’s bitter because he was the man for so long and then when the business changed it sort of left him behind.

  • Aiden1990

    I’d rather listen to a stone cold Steve Austin promo in which they had had to bleep out every second word then listen to another shitty star wars cena promo

  • I dont want taker vs brock because brock hates taker and would try to really hurt him. I think Undertaker will pick Cena because Cena works all year round and would have a good match with him. Why not Kevin Nash lol

  • ice-cream bar superstar

    I would love to see Rock vs Taker. They have wrestled before, but the build for it could be really interesting this time. Cena vs Taker would be cool too. I personaly couldn’t give two shits about Brock.

  • BlaH

    WZ has learned this afternoon that as of now, there are three possible WrestleMania 29 opponents for The Undertaker – The Rock, Brock Lesnar and John Cena.

    Additionally, we have been told the decision as to who The Undertaker works with is being left up to him. While WrestleMania 29 is still nine months away, it seems whichever two names are left out of the fold after a decision is made with The Undertaker, those two guys would likely work with each other at WrestleMania.

    For example, if The Undertaker decides he wants to work with John Cena, it would likely mean The Rock takes on Brock Lesnar.

    WZ will continue to follow the story and keep you up to date as things develop.

  • Stevie P

    I think Bruno just doesn’t want to stop living in the past.

  • misfit del rio

    And that ladies and gentlemen is why Bruno Sammartino is the man, doesn’t hold his tongue calls it like he sees it, and has never kissed Vinces ass.

  • scooter

    I can see both sides of the argument naturally pro wrestling aint what it used to be but I honestly don’t know if thats a good thing or not.