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Wrestling Legend Bruno Sammartino passes away at 82 in Pittsburgh

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Pro wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino has passed today at the age of 82.

Sammartino, one of the single most important figures in the history of professional wrestling, was the longest reigning WWE/WWF/WWWF World Champion ever, holding the title for 2,803 days in one single reign. The reign began after he squashed Buddy Rogers in just 48-seconds in front of a packed house inside of Madison Square Garden in May of 1963. He also holds the record of most total days as champion at 4,040, which was spread over just two reigns.  

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Widely known as “The Living Legend,” Bruno sold out New York’s The Garden 188 time according to WWE, including his Hall of Fame induction in 2013. Bruno headlined the first ever wrestling event at MSG only days after it opened its doors to the public.

Sammartino left this world peacefully with his wife and his children by his side early this morning in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. 

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