GREATEST WRESTLER OF ALL TIME TOURNEY RD. 1 Bruno Sammartino vs The Rock

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  1. xX_NASTY_Xx

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    Championships and accomplishments

    Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    PWI Match of the Year (1999) vs. Mankind in an "I Quit" match at Royal Rumble[108]
    PWI Match of the Year (2002) vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X-8[108]
    PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (1999, 2000)[109]
    PWI Wrestler of the Year (2000)[110]
    PWI ranked him #2 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the year in the PWI 500 in 2000[111]
    United States Wrestling Association
    USWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Bart Sawyer[112]
    World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
    WCW Championship (2 times)1[113]
    WWF/E Championship (7 times)²[114]
    WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times)[115]
    WWF Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Mankind (3), The Undertaker (1), and Chris Jericho (1)[116]
    Royal Rumble (2000)[3]
    Slammy Award for New Sensation (1997)
    Sixth Triple Crown Champion
    1Won during The Invasion
    ²Final reign was as WWE Undisputed Champion
    Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    Best Box Office Draw (2000)
    Best Gimmick (1999)
    Best on Interviews (1999, 2000)
    Most Charismatic (1999–2002)
    Most Improved (1998)
    Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2007)


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    Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino (born October 6, 1935) is an Italian former professional wrestler, best known for being the longest-running champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), holding the title across two reigns for over 11 years in total, as well as the longest single World Heavyweight Championship reign in professional wrestling history.
    Sammartino's wrestling ability was more mat-oriented which was typical of wrestlers from his era. His brawling style, power moves, and personal charisma helped him become the most popular American wrestler in the 1960s and 1970s. During the period when Madison Square Garden was the WWWF's primary arena, Sammartino headlined more Garden cards than any other wrestler (130), including 45 sellouts.

    Championships and accomplishments

    Grand Prix Wrestling
    GPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Édouard Carpentier
    Maple Leaf Wrestling
    NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    NWA International Tag Team Championship (Toronto version) (1 time) - with Whipper Billy Watson
    NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Toronto version) (1 time)
    Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    Match of the Year (1972) Battle royal on January 14, Los Angeles, CA
    Match of the Year (1975) vs. Spiros Arion on March 17, New York, NY
    Match of the Year (1976) vs. Stan Hansen on April 26, New York, NY
    Match of the Year (1977) vs. Billy Graham on April 30, Baltimore, MD
    Match of the Year (1980) vs. Larry Zbyszko at Showdown at Shea in a steel cage match
    Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (1976)[8]
    Stanley Weston Award (1981)
    Wrestler of the Year (1974)
    Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum
    (Class of 2002)
    World Wrestling Association
    WWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Dick the Bruiser [9]
    World Wide Wrestling Federation | World Wrestling Federation
    WWF International Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Dominic DeNucci {1) and Tony Marino (1)
    WWWF United States Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Spiros Arion
    WWWF Championship (2 times)
    Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    Feud of the Year (1980) vs. Larry Zbyszko
    Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)
    Awards
    Madison Square Garden walk of fame
    Received Key to the City in Franklin, PA as part of IWC's Night of Legends 3 on March 24, 2007.
    World Wide Wrestling Alliance (WWWA) Hall of Fame 1st inductee - 11/7/2008​
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  2. Priceless

    Priceless Like I'm doin it for TV

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    cant vote on poll.

    my vote = rock
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  3. xX_NASTY_Xx

    xX_NASTY_Xx Guest

    that's gay i wonder what tha deal is
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  4. abzinthe

    abzinthe let's get incredible.

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    sammartino's first title reign was longer than rock's career. rock is the biggest movie star ever to have once been a wrestler, but i wouldn't put him among the greatest wrestlers.
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  5. Mac Sabbath

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    Bruno's overrated, but it's hard to deny that he was the man for years. People were pissed when he lost.

    Rock has big rock star power, but Bruno is more important in wrestling history. Rock was always the #2 guy in his company.
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  6. Shadow

    Shadow Kotaro's Master

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    "i did it....for The Rock"
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    M-theory Saint Esprit

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