Following on from the news that Bruno Sammartino is to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, WWE.com conducted an interview with Bruno and Triple H, the man responsible for securing the HoF induction.
WWE.COM: Bruno, why did you feel like this was the time to go into the WWE Hall of Fame?
BRUNO: The main reason would be Triple H. He’s the one who contacted me months ago and we got acquainted with each other….He contacted me and he started telling me everything that was going on with WWE. There had been issues and things that I was not happy with, but when I saw the changes, I was very, very impressed. Triple H was a very sincere guy and he was trained by someone who I had the most respect in the world for, and that was Walter “Killer” Kowalski. And then, of course, when he told me that it’s going to be in Madison Square Garden, that was huge for me, too, because of my history in the Garden.
WWE.COM: Triple H, how important was it for you to make sure Bruno became part of the WWE Hall of Fame?
TRIPLE H: From a business and personal standpoint it was huge. I love the history of this business. Without the history, there is no today and there is no tomorrow. To look back on the history of WWE, [Bruno is] one of the most important figures in the long story of where this all came from wasn’t recognized. It’s important to be able to allow the fans that do know who Bruno is to have the opportunity to pay tribute to him one more time. And to allow the fans that don’t know who Bruno is, or have heard of him and don’t really know that much about him, the opportunity to learn who he is. Arguably the biggest name ever in the history of the business is Bruno Sammartino….Bruno had his gripes about the company in the past and they were completely justified. But we’ve changed, we’ve grown and we’ve evolved as a company. We’ve evolved as a business. And I felt like if Bruno knew those things and was comfortable with those things, I felt like he would want to be involved.
WWE.COM: What about Madison Square Garden makes the induction so special?
TRIPLE H: Bruno sold out and headlined Madison Square Garden more than anybody in the history of the world. He sold it out himself. The times he wrestled there, the times he headlined there, it’s unbelievable. For Bruno to be back in the business again and for it all to take place at Madison Square Garden, it really was a fairy tale story that wrote itself.
WWE.COM: Bruno, what are you expecting the Hall of Fame Ceremony to be like? What will it mean to you to step out onto that stage and hear the reaction from the Madison Square Garden crowd one more time?
BRUNO: At this stage of my life, to have this opportunity to appear one more time in Madison Square Garden where I have such a history and have such fond memories of, it’s such a thrill. To be honored with the WWE Hall of Fame, I cannot put into words how big it is for me.
The full interview can be read at the link below