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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 06:29 AM
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Re: Was Bruno Sammartino that good?

It would just a sign of the times. Bruno was very much over with the Northeast region because of his Italian background and was a big dude. His charisma was pretty limited but he was able to pull off the hard working middle class nice guy persona [Kinda an early Dusty Rhodes]. He wasn't that great of a wrestler [He was mostly a brawler] but he could shoot when needed [He got into shoots with various wrestlers including Antonio Inoki and prevailed]. Back in those days, you wanted to put your title on people who could hold their own in a real fight because some veterans and up and comers would take advantage of you to get ahead in the business and be able to brag they beat down a regional champion when they returned to their own region.

Nowadays, Bruno wouldn't be much in the wrestling business but, during his time period, he was the biggest draw in the country and one of the biggest draws in wrestling history. Period.


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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 10:59 AM
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Re: Was Bruno Sammartino that good?

Originally Posted by Mike Zybyszko View Post
Bruno sucked as a wrestler with nothing more than punch, kick, stomp, and bear hug.
But he was still the grandioze storyteller, even with the limited moveset, though. And that's all that matters in the ring.

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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 12:05 PM
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Re: Was Bruno Sammartino that good?

Originally Posted by FredForeskinn View Post
Simple question. Was Bruno Sammartino that good?

Did he really deserve the two reigns 63-71 and 73-77?
By far the best draw of his territory. When he retired, Vince Sr. begged him to come back cuz no one ever stepped up and drew well afterwards. Hence the second reign. So yeah he definitely deserved his reigns.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 05:58 PM
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Re: Was Bruno Sammartino that good?

I think the length of his reigns says it all. i do think people mistake him for being bigger than men like Thesz or Gagne. Thesz was the NWA champion which was really the biggest prize back then and AWA was actually the first "national" promotion that separated from the NWA.
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-09-2013, 02:30 AM
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No Bruno was a shitty Wrestler. He was just popular.
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