Bruno Sammartino reveals Hall of Fame induction:
After years of trying persuade the wrestling legend, Bruno Sammartino has finally accepted WWE’s offer to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame. He will be entered this year alongside Mick Foley, Bob Backlund and Trish Stratus. WWE’s PG direction and Triple H, who has paid personal visits to Bruno were the main catalysts for him accepting the invitation.
Sammartino who will be announced on tonight’s Raw, let the news slip to ESPN journalist Jon Robinson.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Madison Square Gardens is the biggest thing in my life,” says the longest reigning WWE (then-WWF) champion of all time.
“Anytime 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.”
“In talking to Paul Levesque, I made it clear, I’ve had issues with WWE and wrestling in general, because there were other organizations,” Sammartino said. “I didn’t like the direction they had taken. It was bothersome to me. I’m an old-school guy. I spent 25 years in this business. But after talking to Paul, and him explaining to me the changes they’ve made in their program, and how they’ve hired a doctor like Dr. Maroon, who is a world-renowned neurosurgeon, who also operated on me, and now that he has been put in charge of the company’s wellness program and their drug testing, that impressed me. I know what kind of a man he is, and he is a giant in that field, so I take my hat off to WWE because they took such huge steps to make things better for the wrestlers themselves and making sure they are healthy to perform. That was very, very important.
“But as 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.”
Mick Foley should never wrestle again:
Speaking of Hall of Famers, Mick Foley revealed during a comedy show in Australia today that he should never wrestle again.
The Hardcore Legend, known for taking many career shortening bumps, was told by a neurologist that sustaining any more blows to the head could cause serious repercussions. Foley said that this is why his planned feud with Dean Ambrose in 2012 never resulted in a physical altercation and was essentially dropped.
Even if Foley did want to wrestle again, in light of this information WWE would probably not let him unless he literally took no bumps like Bret Hart.
Roman Reigns jokes during Super Bowl blackout:
Shield member Roman Reigns made a funny Tweet during the Super Bowl blackout…
“49ers are losing! Vest on..Cut the lights..Time to Fight!! #49ers Losing=Injustice”
Reigns is a known fan of the San Francisco 49ers.