Professional wrestling great Bruno Sammartino dies at 82 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Professional wrestling great Bruno Sammartino dies at 82

Posted: Updated:
Bruno Sammartino (WWE/Facebook) Bruno Sammartino (WWE/Facebook)
PITTSBURGH -

Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling's "Living Legend" and one of its longest-reigning champions, has died. Sammartino was 82.
  
Family friend and former wrestling announcer Christoper Cruise said Sammartino died Wednesday morning and had been hospitalized for two months.
  
Sammartino was wrestling's biggest box office draw in the 1960s and 1970s and held the World Wide Wrestling Federation championship for more than 11 years (4,040 days) over two title runs.
  
He was born in Italy and his family immigrated when he was a child to Pittsburgh, where he learned how to become a pro wrestler.
  
Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto says Sammartino was one of the city's greatest ambassadors.
  
The promotion now known as WWE said Sammartino sold out Madison Square Garden, known as the mecca of professional wrestling, 187 times over his career.
  
Sammartino and WWE had a bitter falling out in the late 1980s that lasted until the company's greatest star accepted his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2013. He was inducted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  
Sammartino defeated Buddy Rogers in just 48 seconds to become the second-ever WWE Champion in front of nearly 20,000 fans on May 17, 1963 at the old Madison Square Garden. He held the title until 1971. His second reign began in 1973 and it lasted until he was pinned by "Superstar" Billy Graham in 1977. Sammartino became a broadcaster for the company in the 1980s and later became outspoken about the company's evolving philosophy that put the emphasis on entertainment.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Felon arrested after bragging to Moses Lake police on Facebook

    Felon arrested after bragging to Moses Lake police on Facebook

    Saturday, May 19 2018 5:19 PM EDT2018-05-19 21:19:17 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Here's a tip: If you're on the run from police, don't brag about getting away on their Facebook page. That's what 19-year-old Kayla Irizzary did before she was taken into custody early Saturday morning by Moses Lake Police. Officers say they first contacted the woman during a traffic stop last week. She was a passenger in the stopped car.

    >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Here's a tip: If you're on the run from police, don't brag about getting away on their Facebook page. That's what 19-year-old Kayla Irizzary did before she was taken into custody early Saturday morning by Moses Lake Police. Officers say they first contacted the woman during a traffic stop last week. She was a passenger in the stopped car.

    >>
  • 80th annual Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade draws crowd

    80th annual Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade draws crowd

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:30 AM EDT2018-05-20 14:30:08 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - For the 80th year, the Lilac Festival is hosting the largest Torchlight Military Parade in the nation. The streets of downtown Spokane will be filled with bands, floats military and equestrian groups, drill teams and dancers, cars and more.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - For the 80th year, the Lilac Festival is hosting the largest Torchlight Military Parade in the nation. The streets of downtown Spokane will be filled with bands, floats military and equestrian groups, drill teams and dancers, cars and more.

    >>
  • Woman in smiling mugshot faces manslaughter in DUI crash

    Woman in smiling mugshot faces manslaughter in DUI crash

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:32 PM EDT2018-05-21 16:32:03 GMT

    OCALA, Fla. - A Florida woman who flashed a big grin in a mugshot following a car crash and DUI arrest now faces a new charge and prison time after a crash victim died. News outlets report 44-year-old Angenette Marie Welk didn't smile when a new mugshot was taken Saturday at the Marion County Jail in Ocala. 

    >>

    OCALA, Fla. - A Florida woman who flashed a big grin in a mugshot following a car crash and DUI arrest now faces a new charge and prison time after a crash victim died. News outlets report 44-year-old Angenette Marie Welk didn't smile when a new mugshot was taken Saturday at the Marion County Jail in Ocala. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane business uses high-pitched beeping sound as loitering deterrent

    Spokane business uses high-pitched beeping sound as loitering deterrent

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:30 AM EDT2018-05-23 06:30:16 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're near 2nd and Division in downtown Spokane, you may hear something unpleasant. It's a high pitched beeping sound coming from the nearby 7-Eleven.  "It works great sometimes in crowd dispersal applications...the military's used it...so it is a useful tool," said Officer Josh Laiva of the Spokane Police Department.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're near 2nd and Division in downtown Spokane, you may hear something unpleasant. It's a high pitched beeping sound coming from the nearby 7-Eleven.  "It works great sometimes in crowd dispersal applications...the military's used it...so it is a useful tool," said Officer Josh Laiva of the Spokane Police Department.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 22nd

    Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 22nd

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:29 AM EDT2018-05-23 06:29:15 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 22nd.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 22nd.

    >>
  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:04:19 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Roth, a prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, has died.    The celebrated and controversial author of "Portnoy's Complaint," ''The Counterlife" and other novels was 85. His death was confirmed by his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who said Roth died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure.

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Roth, a prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, has died.    The celebrated and controversial author of "Portnoy's Complaint," ''The Counterlife" and other novels was 85. His death was confirmed by his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who said Roth died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure.

    >>