WWE News: Major Hall of Fame induction
Bruno Sammartino is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Sammartino conformed the news in an ESPN interview with Jon Robinson. "Being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Madison Square Gardens is the biggest thing in my life," Sammartino said.
"Any time that people feel that you accomplished enough to enter into a Hall of Fame, of course this is a tremendous, tremendous thrill for me. I had a lot of my success due to appearing at the Garden. I wrestled there over 200 times, it’s where I won the title, and it’s where I picked up 630-plus pounds of Haystacks Calhoun."
Bruno also spoke about turning down the induction in the past. "In talking to Paul Levesque (a/k/a Triple H), I made it clear, I’ve had issues with WWE and wrestling in general, because there were other organizations," he said. "I didn’t like the direction they had taken. It was bothersome to me...
"But as Paul explained to me, WWE made a lot of other changes. There’s no more profanity, there’s no vulgarity in the current product, and that stuff had bothered me as well. When Paul first spoke to me and told me all the changes, I started watching it again and I was very convinced that they are doing amazing things. I see the wrestlers and all the changes they made. There’s no profanity, there’s no vulgarity, and it’s a family-friendly program. That’s what it used to be, and that’s a huge role in the whole factor." Read the full interview at ESPN.com.
Powell's POV: I assumed it was only a matter of time before the announcement was made once Bruno stopped commenting on the matter. He's been very outspoken in the past regarding the reasons he declined to be inducted. I'm sure some will label him a hypocrite, but I am happy to see the ice has finally been broken and he will take his rightful place in the Hall of Fame.
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