Bruno SammartinoBruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino
- Birthdate: 10/06/1935 (age 79)
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 265 Ib
Sammartino held the WWWF World Heavyweight Cham...
On his health: "I'm feeling very good thanks to modern medicine and the advances in medicine. I was in the hospital here for double pneumonia, pneumonia in each lung, and then I was admitted for the flu and then the flu turned into double pneumonia and the lungs got infected, then I got some fluid around the heart and they call that congestive heart failure. So I had four things going at the same time. They were very serious issues and thank god for modern medicine and antibiotics that rid the infection in my system. I was in dire straits. I spent five days at the world famous Mayo Hospital here in Phoenix where I had my liver transplant, they're one of the worlds greatest hospitals, as I'm sure you know, along with John Hopkins in Baltimore. Long story short, I'm doing excellent. I'm in the gym training every day and I'm very happy about that. I was down for about thirty days after they released me from the shock to my system and of being so dehydrated and I was actually near death when they admitted me. I didn't know this, but they had taken my wife aside and said, 'you know, your husband may not come out of this thing.' Which freaked her out, naturally. But thanks to modern medicine and the doctors being some of the world's greatest physicians here at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. They jumped right on everything and got all the IVs, three different types of antibiotics going at the same time and I pulled through. I think I have also good genes to help me survive and I'm very thankful and I'm really excited about being at Wrestlecon and everything; the weekend and then a few days before the weekend, actually coming in on the 3rd and doing some things. Visiting some local indie shows and stuff like that. I'm really excited about this trip. I think it's going to be a great chance to meet a lot of new fans. This will be my last east coast run because travellng is just getting too hard for me; I'm out here in the desert, 3000 miles away and I'm kind of worn out from all the trips back east."
On this being his last east coast appearance: "The east coast fans, New York fans all the way up from Boston and Philly, there's no fans like these folks, there's no question about it. They really put their heart and their soul into the matches, they did anyway, but they're really fantastic fans and I'm really looking forward to having a good time with the fans and being really fan friendly, which I've always actually been, and really excited about the event the overall event. It's so nice to have an option for the fans to go to other the events that WWE is putting on, to have another option to go to, so its great for the fans as well."
On the WWE HOF: "Well, I sold my HOF ring. I sold it on eBay because I was really having some liver problems from my liver transplant. The medication just skyrocketed for some reason and since the WWE or any other wrestling organization, you cant put all the heat on WWE, but pro wrestling, even territorial days never had health insurance for the performers. So you're on your own as far as that goes. I had to get this expensive anti rejection medication for my liver, so I just put my ring up on eBay. I got over $10,000 for the ring from a fan in England and that really helped me tremendously through this bad period of having to take extra amounts of anti liver rejection medication and everything. So that's where the ring went. I would choose life any day over a ring on a finger, if you know what I mean as opposed to just hanging onto the ring. I would definitely choose to use the ring to help me live and continue my pursuit of happiness as opposed to simply wearing a ring on a finger and dying and being buried with the ring on my finger. I enjoyed the HOF and at the time I was unaware of and I really wasn't paying attention to people like Pete Rose, who had been inducted, and with all of his income tax and betting on baseball and all of these things that he had done illegally, and I think he served about 5 months in federal penitentiary for income tax evasion and had...