The statue that was planned for WWE Hall of Fame legend Bruno Sammartino in Pittsburgh has been put on hold. While everyone knows that the WWE is scripted entertainment, there is no denying the draw he held in Pittsburgh for part of three decades in the business. However, Yard Barker reported on Jan. 18 that the Pittsburgh Penguins have denied the plans and the statue has been put on hold.
The problem isn't that Sammartino was a professional wrestling star, it was more of a problem with the location of the statue, The Bruno Sammartino statue was supposed to go up at the site of the old Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, which has been torn down.
The Pittsburgh Penguins own the land that the Bruno Sammartino statue was supposed to go up on and they said that the only person they will allow to be honored with a statue on that land is their NHL legend, Mario Lemieux.
According to Sammartino himself, the money is in place to build the statue in his honor, but the problem now is to find a location to build it at. While some might scoff at a statue to honor a professional wrestler, it is no different than when Philadelphia built a statue to honor Rocky Balboa, a fictional movie character.
Bruno Sammartino won his first WWE Championship in 1963, and 50 years later, Allegheny County in Pennsylvania created their own Bruno Sammartino Day, proving the love and respect the state has in the former WWE star.