With all the recent talk about CM Punk’s historic WWE Title reign this past year, the man who’s record will most likely never be touched is Bruno Sammartino. Bruno is the longest reigning champion in WWE history; defeating Buddy Rogers in 1963 and holding the (then WWWF) belt for almost 8 years! Bruno is also the first ever 2-time WWE Champion as he regained the title in 1973. Champion or not, Bruno was the top draw in WWE for nearly 20 years, and has always been regarded as one of the guys that HAS to be in the WWE Hall of Fame if it is to be considered legit.
Bruno joins another long term WWE Champion in Bob Backlund in this year’s Hall of Fame class, along with Mick Foley and Trish Stratus to comprise what is so far one of the best classes in years. The Hall of Fame takes place at Madison Square Garden on April 6, 2013. The night before WrestleMania 29 will be very historic, and the induction of Bruno Sammartino will be a can’t miss moment for true fans of pro wrestling. Here is a great video from WWE on Bruno’s wrestling career: