Bruno Sammartino Named 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

Bruno Sammartino (on right) is the newest member of WWE's Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of
Bruno Sammartino (on right) is the newest member of WWE's Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of

Bruno Sammartino has been named to the WWE Hall of Fame.

Zach Linder broke the news early Monday evening on WWE's website.

Sammartino joins Bob Backlund, Mick Foley and Trish Stratus in this year's Hall of Fame class. Many wrestling fans will agree that Sammartino has been one of the biggest omissions in the Hall of Fame.

Something like a WWE Hall of Fame wouldn't ever be complete without one of the company's early stars.

Sammartino is the longest-reigning champion ever. He first held the WWE Title from May 1963 to January 1971. Then he had a second reign with the belt, from December 1973 to April 1977.

Despite being one of the biggest legends in the history of the company, Sammartino has had a very rocky relationship with Vince McMahon and WWE over the past few decades. It was the biggest thing standing in the way of his entrance into the Hall.

With Triple H taking a more prominent role in the company behind the scenes, the semi-retired wrestler worked extremely hard to build the necessary bridges that would lead to Sammartino being inducted.

Per Linder's report:

"Triple H contacted me and started telling me all the things that had changed and everything that was going on with WWE," Bruno said. "I started watching it after talking to him and when I saw it, I was very, very impressed."

For Triple H, the hall was incomplete without The Living Legend.

"I love the history of this business," Triple H said. "Without the history, there is no tomorrow. To look back on the history of WWE, one of the most important figures in the long story of where this all came from wasn't recognized. And that was Bruno."

The 2013 class is absolutely loaded at this point.

Backlund and Sammartino were two of the biggest stars in the company during their careers and helped to set the foundations that would shape WWE into the company it is today.

Stratus is one of the biggest and most accomplished female wrestlers of her era.

Foley is also a massive legend, well deserving of the inclusion considering what he was willing to put his body through in order to craft a great match.

Wrestling fans should all exhale as Sammartino is finally getting the honor he so clearly deserved.