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39 years ago: WWE debuts at the Nassau Coliseum

A program from WWE's first show at the

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News of Bruno Sammartino's long-awaited induction into the WWE Hall of Fame comes 39 years after he headlined the very first pro wrestling event at the Nassau Coliseum.

TheHistoryofWWE.com provided this photo of the program to that show, which took place on February 4, 1974--two years after the Coliseum opened its doors.

In the main event, Sammartino defended his World Wide Wrestling...

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Bruno Sammartino going into WWE Hall of Fame

WWE Hall of Fame 2013 inductee Bruno Sammartino

(Credit: WWE)

WWE delivered the huge news today that it will be inducting Bruno Sammartino into the company’s Hall of Fame this April, apparently ending--at least for one night--a bitter rivalry that stretched over a quarter century.

There had been indications in recent weeks that WWE had made some progress in mending fences with Sammartino, who left the company in the mid-1980s after a storied run that...

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