WWE: Bruno Sammartino Speaks About His Hall of Fame Induction Invitation Refusal

Jason TaylorCorrespondent IApril 1, 2011

In an interview with Creative Loafing Atlanta's Jonathan Williams, WWE wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino clarified why he has refused to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

The 75-year old Sammartino was a former two-time WWE champion and he held the belt for over 11 years.

Williams asked Sammartino if he has refused WWE's invitation to be inducted into their Hall of Fame. Bruno answered with the following statement:

"That's very true for a number of reasons. First of all, when they started this garbage with the nudity and these girls always having an accident where a bra would fall off or whatever, then the vulgarity and the Kiss My Butt club and the profanity that they use and stuff like that, I find that all appalling, and I was very, very outspoken.

"Then the drug use, of course, was the most appalling for me. So what kind of person would I be to accept that ridiculous Hall of Fame after being as outspoken as I was? I think that would be very hypocritical on my part, and I would never accept that because I don't believe in it."

Williams then asked Bruno if there was anything that would make him change his mind about being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Sammartino answered with the following:

"I guess one should never say never, but I would have to see an awful lot of change before I would even think about it. A lot more than what I'm seeing now."

It appears that Sammartino is keeping his eye on what's going in the WWE and it seems that he is somewhat open to an eventual Hall of Fame induction.

The PG-13 rating that WWE operates under aggravates a lot of us fans, young and old.

But if it clears the way for WWE to eventually have the company's greatest performer and pioneer in the Hall of Fame, then we can surely stand to be aggravated until that day comes.