I feel there was a point in time when WWE was not as 'fake' or staged as it felt when I watched it as a kid in the early 2000's. Bruno reminded me of Bruce Lee in some ways, in respect to his shear passion Bruno shown in his career.
Bruno was bullied as a kid as many of us were. He was foreign and moved to the U.S. at age 14 in 1950. He started his career by breaking records in weightlifting, then was picked up by the WWE organization, where he won several championships. Of course, at the time of his 25-year wrestling career, winning a WWE championship took actual skill and was not staged. Bruno displayed many good virtues that we all love and respect and will be humbling remembered. Rest in peace Bruno Sammartino.