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|Ring name(s)||Bruno Sammartino, Jr.
David Bruno Sammartino
|Billed height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Billed weight||252 lb (114 kg)|
September 29, 1960 |
|Trained by||Bruno Sammartino|
David B Sammartino (born September 29, 1960) is an American professional wrestler. He is the son of former World Wide Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino.
Professional wrestling career
Sammartino was initially not trained by his father, because Bruno did not want his son to go into wrestling and experience all the horrors he did when he started. He wanted him to get a college education and pursue a different career. Not taking his father's advice, David headed south and began training and wrestling with a few smaller independent wrestling companies. He debuted in 1980. Throughout 1981, Sammartino feuded with Larry Zbyszko (who had engaged in a bitter feud with Bruno Sammartino throughout 1980) on the independent circuit.
World Wrestling Federation
Sammartino joined the World Wrestling Federation in September 1984, with his father as his manager. He won a few matches in the WWF, before converting in a preliminary wrestler by WWF's owner good graces, Vince McMahon. His most notable appearance with the WWF was at the inaugural WrestleMania event in Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on March 31, 1985. Accompanied by Bruno, Sammartino wrestled Brutus Beefcake in the fourth match of the night. The match ended in a double disqualification after Sammartino was thrown out of the ring by Beefcake and slammed by Beefcake's manager Johnny Valiant, prompting Bruno Sammartino to assault Valiant. This led to a series of tag team matches that brought Bruno out of retirement in an effort to get David's career advanced.
However, it soon became clear that Vince McMahon was only using David's career as a lure to get his famous father to wrestle and draw huge crowds. When Bruno was involved, David was in the main event; when he wasn't, it was back to the prelims. Frustrated, David quit the WWF several times and was only brought back with the assistance of his famous father. In 1986, Sammartino left the WWF and he goes to the AWA, discovering that the AWA was a rival promotion of the WWF. It was not until before he discovered that he was being used by the AWA's promoter Verne Gagne, by putting him in three championship matches against Stan Hansen, which Sammartino lost. He left the AWA after those matches by going again to the WWF in 1988. Sammartino attempted to return to the WWF in 1988, but he was fired from the WWF after he was arrested for punching a fan, who spat at him in New York. Both Sammartinos [Bruno and David] later speculated that the fan was a plant hired by WWF owner Vince McMahon to provoke Sammartino in order to give the WWF an excuse to terminate his contract, and that McMahon take this in "revenge" against Bruno Sammartino, after he left the WWF a week before.
In one of his final WWF appearances, Sammartino was involved in a confusing and controversial finish at the Philadelphia Spectrum on November 22, 1985, quickly submitting to a bear hug by preliminary wrestler Ron Shaw in a match Sammartino is believed to have been booked to win. The alleged changing of the finish by Sammartino (Shaw and the referee apparently were caught by surprise) has caused this to be known as the "Phantom Submission Match." Sammartino later said that he did not enjoy his WWF run, and he had no intention to know Vince McMahon. He called McMahon "arrogant" and he did not like to see him "abusing" of his family.
In 1986, Sammartino joined the American Wrestling Association. On February 4, 1986 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sammartino unsuccessfully challenged Stan Hansen for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship.
In 1990, Sammartino began wrestling for Herb Abrams Universal Wrestling Federation in California. In that same year, Sammartino competed for All Japan Pro Wrestling in 1988, before Sammartino left the company in 1990. Sammartino, occasionally teamed Joe Malenko In AJPW.
Sammartino returned to wrestling in 1995, Sammartino competed for NWA New Jersey.
Sammartino re-emerged in 1996 in World Championship Wrestling, competing in the promotion's cruiserweight division. Sammartino was only used in two matches in WCW. On the December 16, 1996 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, Sammartino challenged Dean Malenko for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship, but was defeated. And the other match was a winning effort for Sammartino against preliminary wrestler, Rex King. Sammartino never received a contract with the promotion. Eric Bischoff never gave him an opportunity to sign a contract with the company.
In 2000, Sammartino defeated Jimmy Cicero to win the New York State Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship in New Rochelle, New York.
In 2010, Sammartino appeared at an International Wrestling Cartel event called "IWC Night of legends" defeating former rival Larry Zbyszko.
In June 2010, Sammartino teamed with Zbyzsko, against Frank Stalletto, and Lou Marconi in a winning effort
He is currently semi-retired, and has worked as a personal trainer since 1996. He has a strained relationship with his father, Bruno.
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- New York State Wrestling Federation
- NYSWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- North American Wrestling
- NAW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Southern Championship Wrestling
- SCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- American Wrestling Association results (1986)
- David Sammartino at Bodyslamming.com
- David Sammartino at Cagematch.net
- David Sammartino lets it all out in shoot
- World Wrestling Federation Championship Wrestling results (1984)
- Wrestling-Profile @ wrestlingdata.com
1. The History of WWE, 1985 ring results. Retrieved Sept. 21, 2007.