A new documentary has hit screens to celebrate the life and career of wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino.
The 94-minute film simply titled “Bruno Sammartino” serves as the authorised biography of one of the most important figures in the history of professional wrestling.
The feature documentary charts the life of Sammartino from his humble beginnings in Pizzoferrato, Italy, all of the way through his record-breaking exploits in the ring. In the process, fans will get to hear from family members and close friends, including Arnold Schwarzenegger who inducted the star into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Long-time Sammartino family friend Larry Richert, serves as lead producer and narrator, and describes the film as the story that the WWE Hall of Famer wanted to tell the world.
“I’ve had the honour of knowing Bruno and the Sammartino family for over 30 years. This is the story that Bruno wanted to tell the world,
“To be able to capture the details of Bruno’s life story, including the bravery and grace of his mother, and share it with thousands of Bruno Sammartino fans is very gratifying and exciting.”
Bruno Sammartino was born in Pizzoferrato in southern Italy on October 6th 1935. The would-be star’s father emigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was four, while he and the rest of his family followed suit in 1950, after numerous close-escapes with Nazi troops in World War II.
Sammartino made his professional wrestling debut in 1959, appearing at Madison Square Garden for the first time a year later.
Over the course of his career, Sammartino feuded with luminaries such as Lou Thez, Stan Hansen, Stan Stasiak and Harley Race while mainly appearing for Vince McMahon’s Sr’s WWWF. During this period, the star sold out Madison Square Garden an incredible 188 times, while holding the WWWF World Championship for more than a decade across two reigns.
Sammartino’s first reign with the title lasting seven years, eight months and one day, still stands as the longest reign in the title’s 59 year history.
Bruno Sammartino wrestled his last match on August 29th 1988, where he teamed with Hulk Hogan to defeat King Kong Bundy and the One Man Gang. The star was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 after previously turning down the accolade on numerous occasions.
On April 18th 2018, Bruno Sammartino passed away aged 82.
The film is available for purchase or rent from several video-on-demand outlets including Armstrong, Comcast, iTunes, Apple TV, Prime Video (Amazon), You Tube, Google Play, Dish Network, Microsoft, Fios By Verizon, and many others. In additional to all of the steaming options, Prime Video (Amazon) also has made “Bruno Sammartino” available for purchase in a DVD or Blu-Ray format.