Bruno Sammartino has passed away at the age of 82. Although it is obvious he had a long and storied life, and had been on good terms with the WWE for 5 years, it always hurts when a legend of his magnitude dies. I think about when Randy Savage or Warrior died, and the shock felt for a person who realistically, I didn’t even know. Still it felt like I did. Bruno. damn….
Bruno Sammartino is the first head of the Mount Rushmore of WWE (with Hogan, Stone Cold and Cena). His championship reign of 8 years will never be matched. His hold over s territory, with fan fervor and love was unprecedented. No one in the history of the business held a title as long as Bruno Sammartino.
I started this blog back in 2013, partly because WWE had announced Bruno was going into the Hall of Fame. This one makes me sad. Bruno- riposare in pace.
WWE.com has reported that WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Valiant passed away today at 71. It was a shocking death, coming from a tragic accident.
Valiant is best known for his time in the 60s and 70s as a member of the Valiant Brothers with Handsome Jimmy Valiant and Jerry Valiant. Johnny and Jimmy went into the Hall of Fame in 1996, being the first tag team unit to be inducted.
Growing up, Luscious Johnny V was more well known as one of the managers of the late 1980s, taking over with the retiring Freddie Blassie. His biggest and best charges were the Dream Team of Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake. He led those to the Tag Team Championship in 1986. He even had a LJN wrestling figure made in 1987.
Bleacher Report is saying the the good ol’ country boy, Hillbilly Jim is going to be joining the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
A name which is never listed on WWE’s greatest, Hillbilly Jim was a popular lower midcard act from the mid-late 1980s. (See KoKo B Ware) His accomplishments were technically few, but WWE loves to induct its “characters”
This one proves to be a hard one for me personally as I like Hillbilly Jim, I remember him as a kid (I am a child of the Rockin Wrestling Era), where he appeared on Hulk Hogan’s Rockin Wrestling, had a fun song on the 1980s WWF album and played second fiddle to Hulk Hogan in his feuds with the Heenan Family.
Hillbilly Jim is what I would call an extraneous inductee. He was well loved certainly because of the above , but did near next to nothing notable. Is that Hall of fame worthy? I will do a full breakdown on Hillbilly Jim shortly. in the meantime, what do you think?