How Bruno Sammartino Escaped Nazis and Bullies to Become the Most Popular Wrestler in America

Apr 06, 2020 1210

During his pro-wrestling heyday, Bruno Sammartino sold out Madison Square Garden 188 times, was named the world’s strongest man and held the WWE Championship Belt for 2,803 consecutive days. Arnold Schwarzenegger called Bruno's life "one of the greatest immigration stories that anyone can think of." 

But that life of triumph almost didn't happen. Bruno grew up in poverty in Pizzoferrato, Italy, during World War II. As a boy, he was chronically ill. When his family fled the Nazis for America, he faced prejudice and bullying for being an immigrant.

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