Prowrestling.com uncovered some more information on Feb. 7 about Bruno Sammartino accepting his spot in the WWE Hall of Fame. Despite the fact that Triple H pushed hard for his induction, it ended up being money that finally sealed the deal.
According to the site, Sammartino was still on the fence about the induction, so he threw out a number that he was sure that the WWE would refuse. The price is about the same amount of money that the WWE pays top stars for their performance at Wrestlemania. However, the WWE accepted the deal and will pay Sammartino a large sum for his WWE Hall of Fame induction.
The other big selling point came when Sammartino spoke to Pittsburgh neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon. The doctor had operated on Bruno before and Sammartino looked at him as a "non-WWE guy." When Maroon spoke to Sammartino about the WWE's health policies and strict drug testing, it convinced Bruno that the WWE had changed.
During the negotiations, Bruno Sammartino said if it didn't happen this year, he wasn't interested in re-visiting it again. While he still has not spoken to Vince McMahon, Triple H hopes to get the two together to talk before Wrestlemania, hopefully to work out their differences.
The new deal includes his cooperation on DVDs about stars from his era, an upcoming DVD of his own, and participation in WWE Legends Roundtables.
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