Bruno Meets Bruno: Singer Meets WWE Legend Before Pittsburgh Concert

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Bruno Mars had a special meeting with a Pittsburgh legend.

The singer took to social media to post a photo of himself with Bruno Sammartino.

In the post, Bruno Mars said he was nicknamed after the WWE Hall of Famer.

Bruno Mars performed at PPG Paints Arena Tuesday night.

Mars was a “chunky” baby and was named after the legendary Sammartino, who was about 275 pounds in his prime and the favorite wrestler of Mars’ father.

The 81-year-old Sammartino presented Mars with a replica of a championship belt.

Sammartino tells the “KDKA Morning News” he was impressed by Mars.

“I didn’t know too much about him except that he is a great entertainer…I was so impressed with this guy because he couldn’t have been more humble, so respectful, so down to earth. If he’s like that all time, that’s wonderful,” said Sammartino.

The Living Legend says he is surprised he has gone viral 35 years after retiring from wrestling.

“I never thought in a million years that everywhere I’ve gone that people would [still] come out for autographs…I mean, it’s been so many years. It’s just a little humbling and mind-boggling to be honest,” said Sammartino.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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