15Bruno Makes The Garden Go Silent
In the 1960s and early 70s in WWE, one thing was certain, Bruno Sammartino was going to crush the bad guy. From 1963 to 1971, Bruno turned back a list of men who included a who's who of legendary names including Gorilla Monsoon, Giant Baba, Classy Freddie Blassie, The Crusher, Ernie
Ladd, King Curtis Iaukea, and more.
For the equivalent of two presidential terms, Bruno Sammartino was the man in Madison Square Garden, until a fateful night where he met Ivan Koloff. Upon his defeat, the announcer described the crowd as likely to riot. Officials sensing the magnitude of the moment, did not hand the championship to Koloff in fear of a riot. This is the spiritual predecessor to The Streak being broken, as silence permeated the arena, and people were said to have been crying over Bruno's defeat. A soul crushing defeat indeed.