Bruno Sammartino Reveals Why His 7+ Year Title Reign Ended: "My Body (Was) Broke"

On last night's episode of Table For 3. WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino revealed why his record-setting WWWF title reign ended.

He said that the grueling schedule was taking its toll on him and he couldn't keep up the pace of it.

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“Close to working that schedule for eight years, I told Vince McMahon Sr., you better get somebody. My body is broke. Man, I was hurting from head to toe. And, eventually he did," said Sammartino.

However, Sammartino knew that whoever defeated him and ended his almost 6-year title reign would become Public Enemy Number 1 with the fans, reviled everywhere he went for the rest of his career. Bruno wouldn't have wished that on anyone, so he felt guilty when the unpopular duty fell to a man he liked and respected. "I felt bad because he got a guy that I respected very much as a performer. It was Ivan Koloff. I suggested to Vince, I thought Ivan Koloff would be great, because we had done great business all over. Vince said to me, ‘What do you think?’ I said, I think Ivan, I don’t know for how long, Koloff had done so well. I told Vince, I think this guy could carry it.”

Koloff defeated Sammartino at Madison Square Garden on January 18, 1971. He passed away this past February.

The full episode of Table for 3 can be viewed on the WWE Network by subscribers at this link.

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