Bruno Sammartino has been contacted by WWE concerning a possible induction into next year's Hall of Fame. Sammartino has issued a public statement turning down the offer.
The Wrestling Observer is now reporting that Triple H was the one who contacted Bruno about the possible induction, and attempted to convince the legendary wrestler to accept the WWE offer.
Triple H reportedly urged Sammartino to look past the bad blood between him and Vince McMahon, and use the Hall of Fame induction as way to acknowledge his legacy and educate younger viewers on his legendary career.
Sal Corrente, who represents Bruno Sammartino, sent the following statement as a follow up to Sammartino's decision to turn down his WWE Hall of Fame induction invitation:
"It has come to our attention that someone has claimed that Bruno was unimpressed with Triple H. That is an absolutely false statement Bruno had no issue what so ever with Triple H. He liked Triple H and enjoyed their conversation but for reasons personal to Bruno he has decided not to accept the induction in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM IS THE REFUSAL A REFLECTION ON TRIPLE H or his presentation or conversations with Bruno."