BRUNO SAMMARTINO BACKSTAGE
Name
Bruno Sammartino
Real Name
Bruno Sammartino
Date of Birth
October 6, 1935
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1959
Bruno Sammartino

"Everything just went so quiet, it was a sellout, can you imagine that, here I am, wrestling my hero, the champ, and I end up winning the belt, one, two, three, a knee drop of the top, and I say, "where is the belt?" Finally, he raises my hand and he says, go back to the dressing room; you'll get the belt back there. They were afraid of a riot. I didn't pick up on it, but I did notice the people were very, very quiet. You could hear a pin drop, because they couldn't believe that Bruno got defeated after what, seven years? As far as Bruno was concerned, a lot of people don't realize, but those rings up there in New York are the boxing rings, the four ropes and a lot more stable base on the ring and not as much spring on the ring. Consequently us wrestlers, taking big back drops and suplexes on that, it ends up taking a toll on the body a lot more, so I really believe that Bruno needed the time off maybe surgery, maybe just get some rest. You know, I can imagine wrestling nearly every night and the pressure is on you because you're the champion and you have to draw money, so it was the whole idea that Bruno didn't mind the situation that much, because he wanted time off any way."

December 15, 2013
Alberto Del Rio
Everyone in the industry now knows that Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio made appearances for AAA at the TripleMania pay per view. The belief is that WWE will be pursuing legal actions against the promotion, as management has been very quiet backstage about the incident. That has led many to believe that lawyers have advised them not to discuss the situation.
August 19, 2014
Vince Russo
Rumors are now floating around that one of the reasons why TNA parted ways with Vince Russo is due to the fact that he interviewed Daffney on his podcast show. There is said to be a good amount of backstage heat towards her because of the lawsuit that she filed against the company a couple of years back. Russo being involved with her is something that reportedly annoyed management.
August 19, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
While a lawsuit against WWE is still being pondered, Alberto Del Rio revealed that several employees, including wrestlers, were witnesses to the backstage incident that took place between he and Cody Barbierri. Of particular note, Del Rio pointed out that Jack Swagger was one of the wrestlers that saw the entire thing unfold. If a lawsuit takes place, then there is a chance that Swagger could be questioned.
August 18, 2014
Bo Dallas
While management has seemingly given up on the Bo Dallas push, they do not appear to be in a rush to give him a release just yet. The belief is that WWE will keep him around for the time being and utilize him as a roster filler. Dallas is considered a good employee who shows up to work and does not cause trouble backstage. Another push seems to be out of the question, though.
August 18, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Last night, Jeff Jarrett was scheduled to work a match at TripleMania, which is the biggest pay per view by AAA. Unfortunately, though, he was not able to make it. Jarrett had some travel issues due to some bad weather in Texas. There is said to be no backstage heat towards the former world heavyweight champion because he did make the effort to try to get to Mexico for the show.
August 18, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Reports are surfacing that there is some backstage heat between Vince McMahon and Triple H at the moment over the main event of Wrestlemania 31. McMahon wants Brock Lesnar to defend the title against the Rock, as he feels that those two guys would produce the biggest draw of a match for WWE. HHH, however, wants the company to elevate Roman Reigns by having him challenge Lesnar.
August 18, 2014
Bully Ray
Rumors are floating around right now that Bully Ray has informed the TNA locker room that he will be leaving the company. That comes as a shock because the former world heavyweight champion had been gaining a bit of power backstage. His contract expires in September, and negotiations are said to be ongoing. The company has been locking up a handful of wrestlers over the last few weeks, so it's not impossible for them to work out another contract with Bully.
August 17, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
As expected, WWE has instructed their performers to remain silent if they are asked about the backstage incident that led to the release of Alberto Del Rio. When asked by the media, Sheamus explicitly stated that he knew nothing of the situation, even though most everyone in the company is aware of what happened. Management does not want to run the risk of starting a legal battle with Del Rio.
August 17, 2014
Bully Ray
In a sign of how much power he has gained backstage, Bully Ray was recently put in charge of a talent meeting to explain to the performers that TNA was still going to remain in business. The former world heavyweight champion has been given access to details of the negotiations that the company has undertaken with the various television networks.
August 17, 2014
Dixie Carter
While the widespread assumption is that Spike and TNA have parted ways, the two sides still remain in negotiations on a new television contract. Executives from the network were backstage at the recent taping of Impact Wrestling. There were also representatives from other television networks on hand as well, as they are interested in doing a deal with Dixie Carter.
August 17, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
It looks like Alberto Del Rio will not be joining TNA or Global Force Wrestling after all. During a media appearance, the former world heavyweight champion revealed that he cannot wrestle in the United States for approximately a year. The belief is that he breached his contract with WWE when the backstage incident took place. That reportedly enables the company to ban him from working for another wrestling promotion.
August 16, 2014
Batista
Since he still has some backstage stroke, Batista is said to be using his political powers in an attempt to get WWE to push Titus ONeil, whom he calls a very close friend of his. The former world heavyweight champion has even publicly stated that he would be more than willing to be the person to elevate ONeil should the company decide to go that route.
August 15, 2014
Batista
The success of Guardians of the Galaxy has changed things up a bit backstage in WWE. It has given Batista a bit more leverage now that his name value has increased with the general public. Management is being careful with how they spend their money nowadays because of the major losses due to the WWE Network, but many feel that they would pay for Batista because he can bring a lot of attention to the company.
August 13, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
There has been a lot of speculation floating around about Alberto Del Rio and his release from WWE since word got out that the former world heavyweight champion was going to be making an appearance for AAA at TripleMania this upcoming weekend. Some believe that he was able to convince WWE to waive his 90 day no compete clause because of the backstage incident.
August 13, 2014
Dixie Carter
There is a lot of pressure on Dixie Carter nowadays because many believe that TNA is going to be closing shop soon. However, the belief is that if she can come through and get a television deal set for Impact Wrestling, then she will have earned the respect of many people backstage in the company and in the industry. A win like that might even help her repair her reputation with online critics.
August 12, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
As many of you already know by now, Alberto Del Rio was given his release from WWE because of an incident backstage where he allegedly slapped an employee for saying something racist. Reports are now surfacing that a lot of the wrestlers have sided with Del Rio and are upset with management for cutting him loose in the manner that they did.
August 11, 2014
Triple H
When Mark Yeaton was given a release from WWE, many assumed that it was because the company was just trying to save money. However, speculations are now arising that there might have been more to it. Yeaton, who has worked with the company for approximately three decades, was close with Kevin Dunn. Triple H and Dunn are reportedly locked in a power struggle backstage to see who can sway Vince McMahon the most.
August 10, 2014
Evan Bourne
Now that he has been given his release from WWE, Evan Bourne is opening up about allegations about his drug use backstage. The high flyer admitted that he did smoke marijuana. he also revealed that he failed the drug test because of synthetic marijuana. Bourne stated that he has apologized to Kofi Kingston, who he was teaming with at the time, for ruining their push.
August 10, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Based on what she has accomplished, Vickie Guerrero has inspired several of the performers backstage in WWE. She was able to leave the business and start a new career. Guerrero went to college while working on the road for WWE. A lot of performers have long been worried if it would be possible for them to leave the road and settle into a new life.
August 8, 2014
Big Show
While doing a shoot interview, Evan Bourne revealed some details about a backstage fight that took place between Big Show and Great Khali. He stated that it took place in 2009 while WWE was doing a live event in Puerto Rico. He did not reveal what the fight was about, but Bourne did state that Show threw the first punch. Khali was able to block it, and the two fell to the ground. Khali mounted Show and slapped him a few times before others stopped it.
August 8, 2014
Paige
In a sign that WWE wants his character to hit the mainstream, Bray Wyatt has been booked for Comic Con event in Chicago in August. Previously, management had instructed Wyatt to avoid doing any media appearances and interviews to preserve his character. Now, they're having him work a huge public event with John Cena, Batista, Paige and Bruno Sammartino.
May 20, 2014
Bruno Sammartino
"I must tell you that I commented that night when he did come on stage with his two beautiful little girls looking so proud, as he was as well, but when they left and went to the back, I noticed it even more... I felt that he wasn't walking well and I thought that was due to some injuries that caused that. I also noticed that when he came to speak, that he seemed, I don't want to say out of breath, but he was sweating and all that. I didn't think too much of it on the night and thought maybe he was nervous or whatever, but I just didn't feel like there was something wrong with him and I had no idea whatsoever as to what was to follow, that was quite a shock." - Bruno Sammartino discusses Ultimate Warrior condition before death
April 30, 2014
Bruno Sammartino
A very rare video of a match where the Honky Tonk Man defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Bruno Sammartino, the former world heavyweight champion, back in 1987.
April 21, 2014
Bruno Sammartino
Rumors have it that Triple H is the main driving force behind Bruno Sammartino staying involved with WWE. The company already has received his biggest marketing contributions when he was inducted into the hall of fame, but since HHH is a big fan of Sammartino, the two sides are maintaining a working relationship. Sammartino was at Wrestlemania 30 weekend, even though he was not featured on screen.
April 14, 2014
Triple H
Last year, WWE unveiled an Andre the Giant statue, which impressed a lot of fans and wrestlers alike, and it looks like the company might be making it an annual thing. At an Axxess event during Wrestlemania 30 week, Triple H unveiled a new Bruno Sammartino statue. The legendary former world champion was there in attendance as well.
April 5, 2014
Bruno Sammartino
It appears that the legendary Bruno Sammartino has decided to go off the grid, as the former WWE champion has been avoiding Twitter since the end of August. Prior to that, he was routinely providing updates to his fans through the social media site. He was quite active on there around the time of his induction into the WWE hall of fame.
February 23, 2014
David Sammartino
When his son first approached him about possible joining the professional wrestling business, Bruno Sammartino was understandably hesitant to give his blessings, so David Sammartino took it upon him to move down south and train with another wrestler. Upon seeing that his son was serious, Bruno then decided to teach David in the ring.
January 25, 2014
Bruno Sammartino

A group of people in Pittsburgh have put together the time and effort required to erect a statue of wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino, but the owners of the land where the old Civic Arena stands are against the idea and have placed a stoppage on those particular plans.

January 18, 2014
Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino bashed Vince McMahon and WWE during an interview with the Baltimore Sun. The wrestling legend cited the fact that the company did not take care of other legends as well as they should have. Sammartino even brought up how much more Mike Tyson was paid than the wrestlers.

May 2, 2008
Johnny Valiant
The legendary Bruno Sammartino accompanied his son David Sammartino during his match at Wrestlemania 1 against Brutus Beefcake, who was being managed by Johnny Valiant. Both managers became involved in the match and the match ended in a no contest.
March 31, 1985