As noted earlier, The Wrestling Observer reported that WWE reached out to Bruno Sammartino about being inducted in the Hall of Fame next year, but declined.

It was further reported that Triple H was the one who reached out to Sammartino, and that Sammartino was not impressed with Triple H's approach.

Sal Correnete, Sammartino's representative, issued the following statement:

"It has come to our attention that someone has claimed that Bruno was unimpressed with Triple H. That is an absolutely false statement Bruno had no issue what so ever with Triple H. He liked Triple H and enjoyed their conversation but for reasons personal to Bruno he has decided not to accept the induction in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM IS THE REFUSAL A REFLECTION ON TRIPLE H or his presentation or conversations with Bruno"

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