Bruno Sammartino Dead at 82 - WWE Superstars React to Hall of Famer's Passing

Bruno Sammartino, WWE Hall of Famer and record-holder for longest championship reign, passed away this week at the age of 82.

The Italian Superman from the small mountain town of Abruzzi, made waves by becoming a bodybuilder, breaking records in the 1950s before Vincent J. McMahon brought him over to join what was then called the WWF.

In 1963, Sammartino captured his first championship against Buddy Rogers in just 43 seconds, becoming the second-ever champion in the WWF. Bruno would hold the belt for almost eight years, a record that stands to this day and will likely never be broken in the WWE or any other promotion.

Sammartino remained a fan favorite into the 1980s before becoming a broadcaster and mentor for his son David. The WWE inducted Bruno into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

The WWE has a great obituary and history of Bruno Sammartino on its site and we recommend you read it. His Hall of Fame induction can be seen in the video above.

As word of his death spread, WWE Superstars past and present took to social media to pay their respects to the legend. Here are just a few.

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