David Sammartino

David B Sammartino

David Lugogo Sammartino(born September 29, 1961) is an American professional wrestler . He is the son of former World Wide Wrestling Federation (World) Heavyweight Champion , Bruno Sammartino .

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 David Sammartino's Professional wrestling career

Early career[edit]

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 picked up where his father left off the year before, and feuded with Larry Zbyszko , his father's former protege, on the independent circuit .

World Wrestling Federation (1984–1985)[edit]

WrestleManiaevent 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.Bruno said later this was his least favorite time of his career.

Sammartino's second run in the WWF was short, as he only wrestled there for a few months before being 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 did this in "revenge" against Bruno Sammartino, after he left the WWF a week before (although the elder Sammartino's contract was finishing by this point)

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 that he had no desire to get to know Vince McMahon. He called McMahon "arrogant" and he did not like to see him "abusing" those who worked for him.

Various promotions[edit]

On February 4, 1986 in Salt Lake City, Utah , Sammartino unsuccessfully challenged Stan Hansen for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship .

before Sammartino left the company in 1990. Sammartino, occasionally teamed Joe Malenko In AJPW.

On the December 16, 1996 episode ofWCW Monday Nitro, Sammartino challenged Dean Malenko for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship , but was defeated.The other match was a dark match , defeating preliminary wrestler, Rex King.

In 2000, Sammartino defeated Jimmy Cicero to win the New York State Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship in New Rochelle, New York .

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 David Sammartino's Personal life

He is currently semi-retired and has worked as a personal trainer since 1996. He sometimes appears in "Legends" events, where he wrestles along with other veteran wrestlers. He has a strained relationship with his father, Bruno. Sammartino took steroids during the mid-1980s. Initially, he didn't admit it, but it was revealed when Bruno spoke about the problems his son had. He then said that his son has been drug-free since early-1990s. This was later admitted by David himself.

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 David Sammartino's In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Figure-four leglock (adopted from his father )
    • Italian Attack( Three-point stance clothesline )
  • Signature moves
    • Backbreaker rack
    • Front facelock
    • Pendulum Elbow( Twisting elbow drop )
    • Running jumping delayed knee drop
    • Scissored armbar

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 David Sammartino's Championships and accomplishments

  • New York State Wrestling Federation
    • NYSWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • North American Wrestling
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Rookie of the Year (1981)
    • of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • Southern Championship Wrestling

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 David Sammartino's References

  1. Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  2. Cawthon, Graham (2013). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 1: WWF 1963 - 1989. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1492825972. 
  3. "1985 ring results". The History of WWE. Retrieved September 21, 2007. 
  4. http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=916&view=&page=4&gimmick=&year=1986&promotion=41&region=&location=&arena=&showtype=&constellationType=&worker=
  5. http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=916&view=&page=4&gimmick=&year=1988&promotion=6&region=&location=&arena=&showtype=&constellationType=&worker=
  6. http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=916&view=&page=4&gimmick=&year=1995&promotion=202&region=&location=&arena=&showtype=&constellationType=&worker=
  7. Cawthon, Graham (2015). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 5: World Championship Wrestling 1995-2001. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343. 
  8. http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=916&page=4
  9. Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  10. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 of the PWI Years: 480 David Sammartino". Pro Wrestling Illustrated (Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States: Sports and Entertainment publications LLC). May 21, 2003. p. 60. June 2003. 

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 David Sammartino's Sources

  • 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

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