It’s really almost impossible to keep up with the volume of messages being sent out about and in honor of the life of Bruno Sammartino, the WWE Hall of Famer who died today (April 18) at the age of 82.
His impact in the worlds of wrestling, fitness and pop culture - and his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - are hard to measure.
Another batch of social media memorials follows. Here’s an earlier post of them. Feel free to add ones we’ve missed in the comments below.
Bruno Sammartino was a legend. He was the American Dream personified. From his childhood in Italy hiding from Nazis to selling out Madison Square Garden 188 times as the biggest star of professional wrestling, he was a hero in every stage of his life. pic.twitter.com/29KDwT3gcA— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) April 18, 2018
Today is a sad day for wrestling and sports fans. Simply put, Bruno Sammartino was one of the biggest stars in the long and storied history of Madison Square Garden, a legend in every way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today and always. pic.twitter.com/pKG1SZypWd— MSG (@TheGarden) April 18, 2018
Saddened by the passing of the truly great Bruno Sammartino..The times I spent with him were a complete pleasure and a joy. A true gentleman. pic.twitter.com/41sKk5sa3f— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) April 18, 2018
Bruno Sammartino is one of the all-time greats. We're diminished by his loss, but so much better because he was here. pic.twitter.com/wLgWCYPFcT— Rob Schamberger (@robschamberger) April 18, 2018
Very saddened to hear we lost Bruno Sammartino today. I met Bruno a handful of times and every time he was the epitome of class. Yes, he was the most successful champion in the history of the WWE and drew more sellouts in Madison Square Garden than anyone in history coming from virtually nothing. Yes Bruno Mars is named after him. But more importantly was the upstanding example he set on how to conduct yourself. When I woke up from my second neck surgery in 2012 in Pittsburgh, I received a phone call in my hospital room. Beth answered and passed the phone to me saying “it’s Bruno?”. It was Bruno. Bruno Sammartino. Making sure I was ok. I have never, or will ever forget that act of kindness. Rest in power Bruno.
GM Kevin Colbert on the passing of Bruno Sammartino: pic.twitter.com/8gBQfGujFU— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 18, 2018
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Pittsburgh wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 18, 2018
Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Pittsburgh sports community.
Our hearts and prayers are with the family of Legend, Bruno Sammartino. He will be dearly missed. xo WGs pic.twitter.com/QzM1aYFHGW— Dana Warrior (@DanaWarriorWWE) April 18, 2018
RIP Bruno Sammartino. An icon. I saw Bruno wrestle Roddy Piper in a Steel Cage at Boston Garden. I got to work with him twice in ROH. I was so nervous when I pitched him an idea in ROH. There was nothing to be nervous about. He was tremendous and a gentleman. Thank you, Bruno— Gabe Sapolsky (@BookItGabe) April 18, 2018
RIP Bruno Sammartino. His legacy will live on forever!!— Howard Finkel (@howardfinkel) April 18, 2018
Any child born after August 17, 2010 has been alive for less time than Bruno Sammartino's first title reign lasted. The thought of that in today's short attention span world is mind-boggling.— Bryce Remsburg (@dabryceisright) April 18, 2018
The past, the present and the future! Mr Bruno Sammartino's love, passion and hard work will be forever remembered! World Champion, hall of famer, wwe superstar, a legend. Rest in Peace, Sir! Thank you for paving the way for all of us! #brunosammartino pic.twitter.com/iGSscViiXD— Jazzy Gabert (@alphafemale1) April 18, 2018