Mourning Bruno

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    Pittsburgh's own Professional Wrestling icon, Bruno Sammartino, died yesterday at age 82. In Pittsburgh, he is HUGE, and this sad news renders the death of Ms. Bush almost unnoticed. Honestly, in the Pittsburgh Pantheon of sports-related people, he is right up there with Bill Mazeroski, Arnold Palmer, Terry Bradshaw, and Mario Lemieux.

    As a PERSON, Bruno always conducted himself with dignity and class, and he made countless appearances for various charities and schools over the years. He somehow managed to avoid the grotesque showmanship of Professional Wrestling, while holding some of its most prominent "championships" for many, many years. He was always a humble man, respectful of his immigrant Italian roots, living in a normal middle-class neighborhood and always willing to stop what he was doing and spend some time talking to whoever happened by and wanted to speak with the Great Man. My father-in-law - also an Italian immigrant - lived across from Bruno, and they developed a great friendship over the years, with Bruno appreciative of my father's companionship and home-made wine, and he thrilled to speak with the guy he cheered on every Saturday evening for those many years on "Studio Wrestling."

    But what is the meaning of this? Professional wrestling is not actually a "sport," in the sense that the combatants are trying to hurt or defeat the other; it's merely an exhibition of athletic strength and pretense, wrapped up in a silly morality play where hero's and "heels" compete for audience support.

    A great guy has died. A great entertainer, analogous to a, say, Gary Cooper or Bobby Vinton. We shall ignore the fact that it was all kind of a joke/fraud, eh?

    RIP Bruno.
     
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    /---/ Real wrestling or the fake, staged stuff?
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    A great man and a great ambassador for the wonderful city of Pittsburgh.
     
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    /---/ So it's the fake wrestling, making him an entertainer not an athlete. That's OK, sorry for your loss.
     
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    We was a professional wrestler, but he was also a world-class weightlifter. He was an althlete and also an entertainer.
     
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    Guess

     
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    Not to worry, I'm sure his death was faked as well.

    In fact, I plan on sending some fake flowers to the funeral.
     
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    /----/ The fake stuff. Thanks for confirming.
     
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    Regarding the adjective, "fake" as applied to wrestling.

    Well, the stuff they do in the ring (and out of it) is actually happening, and the wrestlers are doing some fairly impressive stuff. But as I said above, they are not trying to hurt the other guy. Indeed, their objective is to try to make it look like they are hurting the guy, without actually hurting them.

    I used to point out that at the end of the match, these guy had nary a bruise or a cut (other than staged cuts) despite all of that violence.

    I say, Professional Wrestling is analogous to porn movies. They are really doing what it looks like they are doing, but they don't really love/hate the other person.
     
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    George Steele was a teacher. Bruno was alright. :)
     
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