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Old 01-06-2013, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Simple question. Was Bruno Sammartino that good?

Did he really deserve the two reigns 63-71 and 73-77?
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Umm... Yeah!

He was popular in the Tri State like Lou Thesz was popular at Mid Atlantic or Flair at the Carolinas.
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He made Vince Sr. a shitload of money. I guess you meant the business standpoint, right?
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Default Re: Was Bruno Sammartino that good?

Bruno sold out MSG countless times, in an era when it was the champion who drew the crowd and not the organisation he was working for. The fact that WWWF were running a show meant very little in comparison to the fat that Bruno Sammartino was headlining a show.
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Default Re: Was Bruno Sammartino that good?

Personally I don't think so. Can't argue he was really over, but I personally never understood why. There was no connection there for me and I wasn't wowed by his ability. He is just one of those pre 80s era wrestlers that I can't see anything in. And that pitifully long reign... I wouldn't want HBK to have the belt for that long. No one should drain the life out of the title scene like that. It's too stagnant.
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In the ring, a definite NO. Bruno sucked as a wrestler with nothing more than punch, kick, stomp, and bear hug. Far more limited than even Hogan, but that doesn't matter at all when you are super over with the paying customer.
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Default Re: Was Bruno Sammartino that good?

Bruno sold out the garden more than any other wrestler, that includes Hogan. So he was the Hogan/StoneCold/Rock of his era. Heck Vinnie Mac even managed to lure him back to WWF in 1985-1986 in order to help boost the ticket sales. Considering Hogan was in his prime almost, that is quite a saying.

As for in ring skill. Back in the day, a promotor would never allow a guy who could not take care of himself to be presented as champion.

Bruno may not have been the technical marvel of Dynamite Kid, or Kurt Angle. But he still surpassed them with lightyears. He was over as crazy, was way above avarage in the ring, had that IT factor, and the most important factor he put shit loads of asses to the arena seats, which is what this business is all about. So Back in the day, Bruno was the total package.
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Bruno had the look, but he was a piss poor worker who held the title for WAY too long. Christ, you have no idea how happy I was seeing Billy Graham end his second reign!

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Bruno sold out the garden more than any other wrestler, that includes Hogan. So he was the Hogan/StoneCold/Rock of his era. Heck Vinnie Mac even managed to lure him back to WWF in 1985-1986 in order to help boost the ticket sales. Considering Hogan was in his prime almost, that is quite a saying.

As for in ring skill. Back in the day, a promotor would never allow a guy who could not take care of himself to be presented as champion.

Bruno may not have been the technical marvel of Dynamite Kid, or Kurt Angle. But he still surpassed them with lightyears. He was over as crazy, was way above avarage in the ring, had that IT factor, and the most important factor he put shit loads of asses to the arena seats, which is what this business is all about. So Back in the day, Bruno was the total package.
The truth.Bruno was so popular that Vince Jr. signed David in mid 80's so that Bruno could make few appearances.
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Default Re: Was Bruno Sammartino that good?

If he wasn't good,he wouldn't have held the title for so many years and be the biggest draw in history(Dave Meltzer's list)
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