Legendary pro wrestler Bruno Sammartino will be announced as the next inductee into the Class of 2013 WWE Hall of Fame tonight during RAW. ESPN’s Jon Robinson already has a story up covering the big and quite unexpected news for those who have kept tabs on Sammartino’s comments in recent years.
Sammartino added, “Being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Madison Square Gardens is the biggest thing in my life,” Sammartino said in an exclusive interview for ESPN Playbook. “Any time that people feel that you accomplished enough to enter into a Hall of Fame, of course this is a tremendous, tremendous thrill for me. I had a lot of my success due to appearing at the Garden. I wrestled there over 200 times, it’s where I won the title, and it’s where I picked up 630-plus pounds of Haystacks Calhoun.”
Paul “Triple H” Levesque is a big reason Sammartino is accepting the invite according to the ESPN article. It had been made public that Triple H had made numerous attempts to get Sammartino as part of the Class of 2013 with the ceremony taking place at Madison Square Garden. Sammartino added, “Paul explained to me, WWE made a lot of other changes. There’s no more profanity, there’s no vulgarity in the current product, and that stuff had bothered me as well. When Paul first spoke to me and told me all the changes, I started watching it again and I was very convinced that they are doing amazing things. I see the wrestlers and all the changes they made. There’s no profanity, there’s no vulgarity, and it’s a family-friendly program. That’s what it used to be, and that’s a huge role in the whole factor.”
To check out the full ESPN article, click here.