After supporting Bruno Sammartino during his induction into the International Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, WWE superstar Triple H was reportedly trying to work a deal that would have veteran movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the inductor for Sammartino’s 2013 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, according to Wrestling Inc.:
F4Wonline.com reports that Triple H was working on getting the deal done for Arnold Schwarzenegger to induct Bruno Sammartino into the WWE Hall of Fame while at the Arnold Classic this weekend.
There was no question that Triple H was indeed there with Sammartino as he was inducted this weekend, going as far as tweeting out a photograph of himself with the wrestling legend (via Triple H’s official Twitter account):
Triple H @TripleH
Congratulations @sammartinobruno International Sports HOF http://t.co/Dmz3IXEvMk3/2/2013, 8:09:28 PM
Triple H @TripleH
@brunosammartino and @schwarzenegger "living legends" http://t.co/pvOohsPRJt3/2/2013, 8:21:06 PM
While there are more deserving inductors for Sammartino in the wrestling business than Schwarzenegger, the mainstream appeal of the bona fide box office draw will have Vince McMahon in love with this idea.
Schwarzenegger is a huge name, and the media coverage his appearance on the WWE will garner is something the company has always thrived on.
Triple H knows that mainstream attention is what helps the wrestling business boom, and while many fans would rather see another legend—or even McMahon himself—induct Sammartino, the WWE is trying to sell a product.
Who wouldn’t want to see The Terminator induct The Living Legend?
While Schwarzenegger is definitely the caliber of star the WWE as a company wants, Sammartino told Ring Rust Radio that he left the decision up to the WWE, but he also had his own list of possible presenters if he was able to choose:
If it were me, there would be a number of names I’d want; that I think would be fitting I should say. It could be [Larry] Zbyszko as you mentioned, could be a Koloff because he’s the one I lost the title to the first time, could be Bill Watts because I certainly have a history with him in this business as well, it could be a good friend of mine that I like very much—we come from the same neck of the woods—and that would be Dominic DeNucci. You know, but if they choose someone that they feel is more appropriate because of their 126 markets around the world and they think they might be more important, then I wouldn’t argue with them. I’d be fine with that too. As of right now, it has not been determined on who it’s going to be.
Sammartino has handled this process with class and dignity, and the WWE Universe should hope that Schwarzenegger accepts the WWE’s reported offer and gives the wrestling legend’s WWE Hall of Fame induction the mainstream publicity it deserves.
It’s still stunning to think that Sammartino is actually working with the WWE after all the years of public conflicts, and the only way to show just how special this occasion really is would be with a presenter as monumental as Schwarzenegger.
Since Triple H was able to persuade Sammartino to agree to be in the Hall of Fame, he should be able to wrangle Schwarzenegger as well.