Bruno Sammartino Talks His Last Meeting With Vince, MSG, Reaction To His Induction And More

Then, the big thing was that he, Triple H, mentioned to me that they had hired a Dr. Joseph Maroon to head that department of drug testing and all that. Well, it just so happened that I knew Dr. Maroon very well. He's a world-renowned neurosurgeon. He operated on me as a matter of fact three different times.

He's a guy who really saved me a lot because I was headed for a wheelchair. I had done so much damage to my back that I could hardly function, I could hardly stand or walk or anything. It took three surgeries but he put me in shape to where I do four and five miles of road work three days a week and the other three days I'm still pumping iron at this age.

So, I had some meetings with Dr. Maroon and I wanted him what exactly what was going on. I know this man and he has a tremendous reputation. He told how strict the testing was and that nobody tied his hands. The fact was that WWE actually wanted him and his team -- he had about five or six other doctors with him -- that they wanted to really test everybody and they were interested a wellness policy. Not only with the drugs, but with concussions and the general health overall of the individuals to perform in the ring. Well, after a few meetings with Dr. Maroon, everything that Triple H told me was absolutely true.

Then, Triple H told me about the changes that they made as far as things that I had spoken up about. The nudity, the vulgarity, the profanity. Again, he encouraged me to watch because he said they had made all the changes. Frankly, I started watching it and I watched it for a couple of months to be convinced of what I was seeing.

And, absolutely, there's been no nudity, to vulgarity of any kind and the profanity is all gone as well. I must say, I was very impressed with all these changes and Paul was very convincing and, like I said, he seemed to be a very honest and sincere individual. He convinced me that these changes were not only there but he was a student of yesteryear wrestling and he even told me that he wants to add more and more [from] that kind of wrestling.

All this was of course music to my ears. I had been asked many a time about going into the Hall of Fame and I said, 'No, I'd be a hypocrite if I did because I had been very outspoken about all these things that bothered me.' But I was also asked, 'What if these changes come about and these things are changed to your satisfaction?' I said, 'Well, of course, I would change as well. I would hope that they would happen. I would welcome the chance to go into the Hall of Fame.'

And in fact, that's exactly what happened, Raj. All the changes were made. I've been watching it now for months and I'm convinced of it. As a result, I accepted.

Make sure to check back tomorrow for the second and final part of our interview with Bruno Sammartino, who discussed the upcoming films based in his life, if he'll meet Vince before the Hall of Fame, WWE under Triple H, current stars he enjoys, appearing on RAW after WrestleMania and much more. You can get more information about Sammartino on his official website at

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