How Bruno Sammartino Escaped Nazis and Defied Bullies to Become Wrestling Champ

April 4, 2020

During his pro-wrestling heyday, Bruno Sammartino sold out Madison Square Garden 188 times, was named the world’s strongest man and held the WWE Championship Belt for 2,803 consecutive days. But that life of triumph almost didn't happen. Bruno grew up in poverty in Italy during World War II. As a boy, he was chronically ill. When his family fled the Nazis for America, he faced prejudice and bullying for being an immigrant.

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