While it has been a few weeks, reactions are still coming out all over the world in regards to the untimely death of the Ultimate Warrior literally three days after his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. To add to that list now is one of the greatest champions the business has ever seen, and another recent Hall of Fame inductee, Bruno Sammartino.
Sammartino was recently interviewed by Wrestling365 Radio and he had these following thoughts to offer up on the terrible subject:
“When I went to New Orleans for the [WWE] Hall of Fame, I never saw him until he went on stage, because, while I was there, on Thursday night they had the unveiling of my statue and he certainly wasn’t there. The next day I did some autograph signings and that night I had to meet all the foreign sponsors from different countries and I spent that night there and again, he wasn’t there. The following day [Saturday,] I had to do more autograph signings and then when I did go to the WWE Hall of Fame, they took us there that night and I guess he was backstage, because they did some interviews with us and then marched us to our seating, so I only saw him when he came on stage.”
“I must tell you that I commented that night when he did come on stage with his two beautiful little girls looking so proud, as he was as well, but when they left and went to the back, I noticed it even more. I felt that he wasn’t walking well and I thought that was due to some injuries that caused that. I also noticed that when he came to speak, that he seemed, I don’t want to say out of breath, but he was sweating and all that. I didn’t think too much of it on the night and thought maybe he was nervous or whatever, but I just didn’t feel like there was something wrong with him and I had no idea whatsoever as to what was to follow, that was quite a shock.”
This is news due to the fact that the Ultimate Warrior and Sammartino were by no means the best of friends. Sammartino was estranged from the company for years when the steroid scandal hit the company in the late 80s, and he vigorously lashed out at the likes of Hulk Hogan and Warrior who were at the center of the controversy at the time.