Sunday, July 21, 2024
Bob Backlund

Bob Backlund

Born:
08/14/1949
,
Princeton, Minnesota
Birthname:
Robert Louis Backlund
Height & Weight:
6'1"
,
241 Ib

Titles Won:

  • WWWF/WWF Championship (2 time)
  • WWF Tag Team Championship – with Pedro Morales
  • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2013)

Best known for his tenures in the World Wide Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Federation (WWWF/WWF, later known as World Wrestling Entertainment and currently simply known as WWE), where he is a two-time WWWF/WWF Heavyweight Champion/WWF World Heavyweight Champion (Backlund’s first reign is the second longest reign in the title history, behind Bruno Sammartino’s first), as well as being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.

Backlund was also an accomplished amateur wrestler for the North Dakota State University Bison from the late 1960s to early 1970s. He continues to work in the professional wrestling business in various capacities. In 2000, Backlund unsuccessfully ran for a Connecticut seat in Congress on a Republican ticket.

Notable Feuds: vs Billy Graham, Bret Hart, Greg Valentine, Jimmy Snuka, The Iron Sheik.

Notable Matches

vs Ken Patera on 19th May 1980

vs Bret Hart at Survivor Series 1994

vs “Superstar” Billy Graham on February 20th 1978

vs Harley Race on September 22 1980

vs Greg Valentine on Feburary 19 1979

vs Ric Flair on July 4th 1982

vs Jimmy Snuka on June 28th, 1982

Other Notable Achievements

NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship – with Jerry Brisco

NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

NWA Florida Tag Team Championship – with Steve Keirn

NJPW MSG Tag League (1980) with Antonio Inoki

WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship – with Scott Putski and The Warlord

NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship

NEWF Heavyweight Championship