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It’s with a heavy heart that I report WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino has passed away at 82.

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Via WWE:

Bruno held the WWE Championship for nearly eight years — by far the longest reign of all time, and a record for all professional wrestling champions, no matter the organization.

A household name all over the country, the beloved hero defended his title in legendary rivalries against WWE Hall of Famers Killer Kowalski, Gorilla Monsoon and George “The Animal” Steele.

WWE stars past and present took to social media to pay tribute to a true legend.


Rest in paradise, Bruno.

My condolences to the his family, friends and all who loved him.