During a recent podcast interview, Bob Backlund revealed some details about the backstage heat between he and Bruno Sammartino. Backlund stated that the two of them were not friendly with one another for two years. Sammartino was a bit upset that Backlund was chosen to replace him as the WWE Heavyweight Champion. Backlund and Sammartino eventually became friends.
October 29, 2015
Earlier in the week, WWE sent some of their production members to Pittsburgh to film footage with Bruno Sammartino. Reports have surfaced that they spent nearly fifteen hours filming, which most likely means that a new DVD is being produced for the former world heavyweight champion. The belief is that it should be completed pretty soon and could be on the shelves by the beginning of 2016.
October 17, 2015
The legendary Bruno Sammartino recently turned 80 years old, and his body is really feeling it. He is still recovering from a recent back surgery that was required because of a fall caused by his weakened knees. The former world heavyweight champion is said to be in good spirits, however. Sammartino is reportedly walking several miles a week, even though his legs are not completely healed, to keep up with his health.
October 9, 2015
Since he was the ruler of the empire for so long, it should come as no secret that Vince McMahon has seen relationships ruined backstage. The man rumored to be the next ruler has been busy mending fences for WWE. Triple H has been widely credited with getting Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior and Bruno Sammartino back into the good graces of the company. Doing that has helped raised morale backstage.
September 20, 2015
If something felt a little off about the speech that Larry Zbyszko did during his induction into the hall of fame, that's because there was. The former world heavyweight champion actually had a speech written out, but he lost it when he left his bag in a taxi. Zbyszko had no other choice but to simply just wing it. The plan all along was to thank Bruno Sammartino for helping him become a professional wrestler, so he focused on that.
April 3, 2015
Looks like management had a change of heart after all when it comes to the induction of Larry Zbyszko into the WWE Hall of Fame during Wrestlemania weekend later on this month. The announcement has now been officially made after weeks of internal debates. For whatever reasons, there were those that did not want Zbyszko to be inducted this year. The former AWA Heavyweight Champion will be inducted by his hero and mentor Bruno Sammartino.
March 16, 2015
Earlier in the year, there were reports that Larry Zbyszko was going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania this year. Management felt that his history with Bruno Sammartino was enough of a connection that the modern fans would accept the induction. It looks like that is going to have to wait at least another year. For whatever reasons, management has decided to remove him from the list of inductees this year.
February 22, 2015
It's something that a lot of fans have long been begging for, but WWE is finally going to slowly start replacing John Cena as the top star in the company. He would step into the Bruno Sammartino role, while Roman Reigns will step into the Bob Backlund role. For those that do not know about that particular part of wrestling history, Backlund was pushed by the company as the hot new thing even though Sammartino was still the biggest draw.
February 13, 2015