Edge recently opened up about the unfortunate passing of Bruno Sammartino on an episode of E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness where he revealed a personal story between the two Hall Of Famers.
Bruno Sammartino’s passing:
“It feels like the end, the kind of end of an era in terms of, he’s the biggest star of the WWF/WWE ever. I mean, you can say ‘Stone Cold’ [Steve Austin] and you can say [Hulk] Hogan, but if you’re looking at MSG sellouts, if you’re looking at… I mean, Bruno, man, was champ I think you’re looking at, combined in two reigns, 11 years, like, 4,000 however many days. That doesn’t happen nowadays.”
Bruno Sammartino’s legacy:
“I think you had an entire culture, especially to Italians and immigrants coming over to this country, here’s a guy who came over without anything and really made himself, it’s just a classic underdog, everyman story, but more importantly than whatever the accolades are in [pro]wrestling, which are obviously numerous, stack up better to anybody’s, to be honest, in meeting Bruno over the years, he was just a thoroughly classy, professional. He was just a classy, classy man and there’s just no other way to explain it.”
Bruno calling Edge after his neck surgery:
“Bruno Sammartino found out I was in town and having neck surgery, got the number to my hotel room, and called me post-surgery to make sure I was okay. And it completely blew my brain. I think that to me kind of exemplifies what kind of man he was.”
Thanks to Rajah.com for the transcription, you can check out the full podcast, here.
E&C's Pod Of Awesomeness