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BRUNO SAMMARTINO THE GREATEST ?
jackconrad Offline
#1 Posted:
Joined: 06-09-2003
Posts: 67,330
CHAMPION OF ALL ?
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Charlie Offline
#2 Posted:
Joined: 06-16-2002
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The Hulkster would be that!

Charlie
bloody spaniard Offline
#3 Posted:
Joined: 03-14-2003
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It's all showbidness, Charlie.

Bruno was naturally strong.
The Hulk enhanced his strength with life enriching, gonad shriveling, chemical goodness.
Goathead50 Offline
#4 Posted:
Joined: 01-22-2007
Posts: 21,809
Fritz Von Erik was the best!
richokeeffe Offline
#5 Posted:
Joined: 12-07-2004
Posts: 6,963
Bruno racked up about 800 of his wins against Baron miguel von Secluna

Nevertheless, Bruno was the best
Goathead50 Offline
#6 Posted:
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Fritz Von Erich

Championships and accomplishments
All Japan Pro Wrestling
NWA International Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Karl Krupp
American Wrestling Association
AWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Maple Leaf Wrestling
NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Karl Von Schober (2) and Gene Kiniski (1)
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1 time) - with Waldo Von Erich
NWA Detriot
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Detroit Version) (3 times)
NWA Minneapolis
NWA World Tag Team Championship (Minneapolis version) (1 time) - with Hans Hermann
NWA Western States Sports
NWA International Tag Team Championship (Amarillo version) (1 time) - with Killer Karl Krupp
NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Amarillo version) (4 times)
Southwest Sports, Inc. | Big Time Wrestling | World Class Championship Wrestling
NWA American Heavyweight Championship (16 times) (First)
NWA American Tag Team Championship (6 times) - with Waldo Von Erich (1), Billy Red Lyons (1), Grizzly Smith (1), Fred Curry (1), Dan Miller (1), and Dean Ho (1)
NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Championship (2 times)
NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas Version) (2 times) - with Killer Karl Kox (1) and Duke Keomuka (1)
WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Kevin & Mike Von Erich
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
PWI ranked him # 207 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)
Other titles
World Heavyweight Championship (Wequetequock version) (2 times)

He's the best!
penzt8 Offline
#7 Posted:
Joined: 06-05-2000
Posts: 1,769
OK, isn't this a little like debating who's the best lawyer ever? Denny Crane or Perry Mason? Neither, they were roles on TV shows.
Goathead50 Offline
#8 Posted:
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^No debate on that. Pacman is the greatest lawyer ever!
He believes in street justice. LOL
Seth Gekko Offline
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Joined: 01-30-2004
Posts: 2,311
Von Erich . . . . . didn't he have like 3 of his kids commit suicide?
Goathead50 Offline
#10 Posted:
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Yeah. But he was still a hell of a showman.....Wrestler! Crappy father.
uncleb Offline
#11 Posted:
Joined: 11-13-2002
Posts: 1,326
BOBO BRAZIL
Charlie Offline
#12 Posted:
Joined: 06-16-2002
Posts: 39,751
BoBo was fun to watch as well...

Charlie
Russiancrusher Offline
#13 Posted:
Joined: 07-21-2002
Posts: 1,171
Having known all the above. IMHO, Von Erich pushed his boys into wrestling when they didn't want to be in it. Now only one son remains alive. David Von Erich was the only one that had the true potential to be a major star. Bobo Brazil was great and a hellava guy. Hogan couldn't shine Bruno's shoes without tripping. He wouldn't know a wristlock from a wrist watch. Saw Bruno recently, still looks like he press 500lbs without breaking a sweat.
Goathead50 Offline
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David was a better football player. Kerry didn't have the heart.
wvwa34 Offline
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Bruno, local Pgh guy........ Lives 10min down the street.........
xibbumbero Offline
#16 Posted:
Joined: 01-25-2002
Posts: 12,250
Mr.Moto and his sleeper hold. X
austinichols Offline
#17 Posted:
Joined: 09-07-2004
Posts: 121
Bruno ruled!
thurson Offline
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Joined: 06-26-2004
Posts: 3,590
Lou Thesz
Russiancrusher Offline
#19 Posted:
Joined: 07-21-2002
Posts: 1,171
Without a doubt anyone in wrestling will tell you that Lou Thesz was the best of the best. A real shooter. His last match was at the age of 72 in Japan. He and his wife, Charlie, were great people ( I haven't seen her since Lou passed away).
Goathead50 Offline
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Joined: 01-22-2007
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Bull Dog Danny Fletches
wwjones44 Offline
#21 Posted:
Joined: 12-08-2001
Posts: 299
Back in the old days - that would be anytime before the first "Wrestlemania" - I believe that many of the TV wrestling WWF shows were taped in the Allentown / Bethleham area, probably pretty close to the CI world headquarters. I had a college buddy who used to hang with them at the bars in town. He said Andre the Giant could drink about 40 beers and still be going strong.
jackconrad Offline
#22 Posted:
Joined: 06-09-2003
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Remembering the Greatest Champ ever
wvwa34 Offline
#23 Posted:
Joined: 10-07-2004
Posts: 9,114
went to school w his son,dumber then a box of rocks,stonger then an ox!!!!!!!!!!!!! No sheat
FATASH Offline
#24 Posted:
Joined: 10-02-2010
Posts: 2,155
****** the Bruser Claw Hold
engletl Offline
#25 Posted:
Joined: 12-26-2000
Posts: 26,129
not necessarily the "Greatest" wrestlers but the ones I remember most

From my days living in AWA Territory in the mid 70's (All of them were great guys out of the ring as well)

Larry "The Axe" Henning
Larry Zybysko
Nick Bockwinkel
Vern Gagne
The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene & Ole Anderson)

From the Deep South territory in the early 80's

Eddie Gilbert
Dr Death Steve Williams
Ted Dibiase
Rick Rood
Ric Flair
Buzz Sawyer

from WCW days in the early 90's

Konan
Diamond Dallas Page
DadZilla3 Offline
#26 Posted:
Joined: 01-17-2009
Posts: 4,635
Bruno was a great champion and an unequaled ambassador of professional wrestling in his day. I remember watching him on Studio Wrestling on the local station, WIIC Channel 11 in The Burgh. 'Chilly Billy' Cardille was the host and old Pie Traynor did commercials for American Heating (Who can? Ameri-can!)

You could always tell when Bruno was going to have a scuffle with one of the bad guys when he was trying to do an interview with Cardille. Bruno had this certain plaid sports jacket that must have been held together by about 6 threads. Any time he showed up to do an interview wearing that jacket you KNEW one of the bad guys like Tony 'TNT' Napolitan or Baron Scicluna was going to start a scuffle with him during the interview, and inevitably Bruno's sleeve would be ripped off or the the jacket would be torn halfway up the back.

Good times. Beer
jackconrad Offline
#27 Posted:
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fog
m j toal Offline
#28 Posted:
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The greatest pro wrestler of all time. From the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.
Seem him wrestle at Arena in Philadelphia a number of times.
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