Top 10 Wrestlers Who Went From Rags to Riches

5. Bruno Sammartino

Life wasn’t always so glorious for The Italian Superman. Bruno’s brother and sister both passed away at young ages and Adolf Hitler’s Nazi forces seized their town, but Bruno persevered. He hid in a mountain called Valla Rocca during the German occupation and eventually joined his immigrant father in Pittsburgh in 1950.

Sammartino began exercising and quickly became one of most powerful men around, and it was his impressive size and ability that caught the eye of Vince McMahon’s father. From there he would be the biggest wrestling star in New York for many years.