Newly-announced WWE Hall of Fame inductee Bruno Sammartino has spoken to the Busted Open radio show about his induction, Triple H’s role in it, and Vince McMahon.
On accepting the HoF invitation;
“I stuck by my guns for a lot of years. But let me tell you what changed my mind. Paul (Triple H). I don’t know if I can say he runs the organization , but he is certainly a heavyweight in that organization. He contacted me probably five or six months ago. We started a conversation and he wanted to open the door, so to speak for us to talk about the Hall of Fame. He told me how much he would like for me to be in there. That’s how it all started. He started telling me all the changes they made, for example, when he mentioned that Dr. Joseph Maroon who had the drug testing with the WWE, that was big because I know Dr. Maroon.
Paul then started talking about the changes in making it more family-friendly. He knew and understood some of the things I objected to. He told me all these things have changed, like the nudity and vulgarity. So I started watching it again. I haven’t watched wrestling in many, many years. I was totally turned off on it. So I started watching it again and what Paul told me, he absolutely made me a believer. In different interviews, I have also said that if they changed I would reconsider my feelings towards the Hall of Fame. The only problem was I never thought I would see it happen.”
On Vince McMahon;
“I criticized Vince, but I also know that these changes came about because Vince was a part of it. I’m sure Vince is the big boss. Paul and Vince had many serious conversations and obviously Vince had to agree to everything. He has made all these changes and I praise him for that. I will be glad to meet with him and have conversations with him.”
Source: Busted Open