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Encyclopedia > Bob Backlund
Bob Backlund Flag of United States
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Ring name(s) Bob Backlund
Mr. Backlund
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed weight 243 lb (110 kg)
Born August 14, 1950 (1950-08-14) (age 56)
Resides Glastonbury, Connecticut Flag of Connecticut
Billed from Princeton, Minnesota
Trained by Eddie Sharkey
Debut 1973
Retired 2000
Website BobBacklund.com

Robert Louis Backlund (b. August 14, 1950), better known as Bob Backlund is a retired American professional wrestler with an in ring career that spanned over 27 years and saw Backlund win two world championships for the World Wrestling Federation (known as the World Wide Wrestling Federation when Backlund won his first title). After retiring from in ring activity Backlund continues to work in the pro wrestling business in a non-wrestling capacity, currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Backlund was also an accomplished amateur wrestler wrestling for the North Dakota State Bisons in the late 1960s to early 1970s. In 2000 Backlund unsuccessfully ran for a Connecticut seat in Congress on a Republican ticket. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre or meter is a measure of length. ... The pound (abbreviations: lb or, sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass in a number of different systems, including various systems of units of mass that formed part of English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The U.S. National Prototype Kilogram, which currently serves as the primary standard for measuring mass in the U.S. It was assigned to the United States in 1889 and is periodically recertified and traceable to the primary international standard, The Kilogram, held at the Bureau International des Poids et... August 14 is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Glastonbury (41n43, 72w37 EST) is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Connecticut. ... Princeton is a city located in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota. ... Eddie Sharkey is an American professional wrestling trainer. ... August 14 is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ... Andrell Durden (top) and Edward Harris grapple for position during the All-Marine Wrestle Offs. ... The North Dakota State University Bison wrestling team is part of the athletic program at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups (as of November 7, 2006 elections) Democratic Party Republican...

Contents

Career

Backlund was an amateur wrestler at North Dakota State University, winning the Division II NCAA Championship at 190 pounds in 1971.[1] Andrell Durden (top) and Edward Harris grapple for position during the All-Marine Wrestle Offs. ... The North Dakota State University Bison wrestling team is part of the athletic program at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota. ...


Turning pro

Backlund was trained for a professional wrestling career by legendary wrestling trainer Eddie Sharkey and made his debut for the American Wrestling Association in 1973. Backlund clean cut look and very technical approach made him a natural face and almost instantly popular with the fans[1]. After working for the AWA for a while Backlund started to travel the United States working for the National Wrestling Alliance in its various territories. in 1974 Backlund worked in Texas for Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk's Amarillo promotion. In March he defeated Jerry Brisco to win the "NWA Western States Championship", the promotion's main title. Backlund would only hold it less than three months before losing it again.[2] Eddie Sharkey is an American professional wrestling trainer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In professional wrestling, a face or babyface is a character who is portrayed as heroic relative to the heel wrestlers, who are analagous to villains. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... National Wrestling Alliance territories are a group of smaller independent professional wrestling promotions that use the NWA name or claim some affiliation with the former governing body, however many of these promotions do not have a strong claim to the original National Wrestling Alliance that existed in the 1940s... Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Dory Funk, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gerald Brisco Floyd Gerald Brisco (born January 24, 1950 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American former professional wrestler. ...


In mid 1975 Backlund started working for Georgia Championship Wrestling where he would team up with Jerry Brisco to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (not to be mistaken with the Georgia Version of the NWA Tag Team Championshio) from Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji in October of 1975. The Brisco/Backlund team would only hold the Georgia gold for 2 months before being defeated by Les Thornton & Tony Charles[2] Backlund split his time between working in Florida and working in St. Louis, Missouri for Sam Muchnick’s St. Louis Wrestling Club where he defeated wrestling legend Harley Race to win the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship on April 23 and held it until Jack Brisco defeated Backlund on November 26 [2] Georgia Championship Wrestling was a professional wrestling promotion whose self-titled TV program aired in the 1970s and 1980s on U.S. cable channel TBS (Turner Broadcasting System). ... Floyd Gerald Brisco (born January 24, 1950 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American former professional wrestler. ... Charles Charlie Kalani, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Les Thornton (b. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Sam Munchnick was a professional wrestling promoter from Saint Louis, Missouri. ... St. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship was a major title in the Central States area in the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1970s and 1980s. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Freddie Joe Brisco most to known as Jack Brisco (born September 21, 1941 in Blackwell, Oklahoma) was a popular and successful professional wrestler during 1970s, and into the 1980s. ... is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


WWF (1977-1984)

In early 1977 Backlund signed with Vincent J. McMahon’s World Wide Wrestling Federation.[3] Backlund was given “the Golden Boy” Arnold Skaaland as his manager early on. Less than 4 months into his run with the WWWF Backlund received his first shot at the WWWF Champion "Superstar" Billy Graham but lost by count out. Over the course of 1977 Backlund received additional shots at the champion where his fortunes started to change, first they went to a double count out[4] and later Backlund defeated Graham but only by count out.[5] On February 20, 1978, at the famous Madison Square Garden Backlund finally got the elusive pinfall victory over Billy Graham that earned Backlund his WWWF Title[2]. Backlund won the match despite Graham’s leg being on the rope during the pinfall.[6] Vincent J. McMahon Vincent J. McMahon (July 6, 1914 – May 24, 1984) was a U.S. professional wrestling promoter. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Arnold Skaaland (Pronounced Skoland) (January 21, 1925 – March 13, 2007) was an American professional wrestler and professional wrestling manager. ... The WWE Championship belt, April 11 2005 – August 20, 2006; September 18, 2006 – present The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling title. ... Eldridge Wayne Coleman, (Born September 10, 1943), better known by his ring name Superstar Billy Graham, is a retired American professional wrestler. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Only days after winning the WWWF gold Backlund clashed with the NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race in a rare “WWF Vs NWA” title match. Neither title changed hand as the two fought to a time limit draw.[7] Defending against other champions became a reoccurring theme in Backlund’s run with the title as he face both the AWA[8] and the NWA World Champion[9] in highly publicized matches. Backlund would also take on and defeat the Florida Champion Don Muraco[10] and “International Champion” Billy Robinson.[11] The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the NWA. Its lineage has been traced from the first World Heavyweight Championship, which traces its lineage to Georg Hackenschmidts 1905 title and Frank Gotchs 1908 version. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship was a major title in Championship Wrestling Florida and is now the major title in NWA Florida. ... Don Muraco (Born Don Morrow on September 10, 1949), also known as The Magnificent Muraco was a Hawaiian professional wrestler in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. ... Shooter Billy Robinson in 1974. ...


On August 9, 1980 Backlund teamed up with Pedro Morales to capture the WWF World Tag Team Champonship from The Wild Samoans at Showdown at Shea. Backlund and Morales were forced to vacate the titles due to a WWF rule stating that no one can hold two championships at the same time.[12] is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The World Tag Team Championship belt (2002 to present) The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship. ... The Wild Samoans was the tag team of Afa & Sika in Mid-South Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF); the Samoans have held a record twenty-one Tag Team championships around the world. ...


Title Controversy

While the World Wrestling Federation officially recognizes Bob Backlund’s first WWWF/WWF Title reign to be from February 20, 1978 until December 26, 1983 [13] there is at least one instance where Backlund was defeated in the ring for the title and one instance where the title was “held up” after a match. December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 361st in leap years. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ...


The first instance saw NWF Champion Antonio Inoki pin Bob Backlund in a match in Tokusima, Japan on November 30, 1979 to win the title.[14] Inoki was then billed as both NWF and WWF Champion in subsequent matches.[15] On December 6 Inoki and Backlund fought over the WWF title once again, this time Backlund pinned Inoki but had the result thrown out by WWF president Hisashi Shinma due to outside interference.[16] After the match Inoki refused to accept the WWF title back and Backlund appeared in the US days later as the WWF champion[17] with no official announcement of the title change ever being acknowledged by the WWF. // The NWF Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship used as part of the National Wrestling Federation and later New Japan Pro Wrestling. ... Antonio Inoki (アントニオ猪木), real name Kanji Inoki (猪木寛至 Inoki Kanji, born February 20, 1943) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist who now resides in New York City. ... November 30 is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Hisashi Shinma was a figurehead president of the WWE, then known as WWWF, from 1978 through 1984 before he was successed by Jack Tunney. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


It is also claimed by some sources that because Backlund’s WWF title was held up after a match against Greg Valentine on October 19, 1981 when a dazed referee ”accidentally” gave the title belt to Greg Valentine (Storyline) [18] that it constituted an “interruption” of Backlund’s title reign. Arguments against this constituting a break in the lineage is supported by the fact that Backlund was billed as the WWF Champion in other cities in the days following the ”controversy”.[19] In the early part of the 1980s where no federation had national television deals it was not an uncommon practice to “hold up” the title in one area to build interest in a rematch that the champion would win while ignoring this fact in other parts of the territory. On November 23 Backlund pinned Valentine for the "Vacant in New York only" WWF title.[20] Gregory Shane Wisniski (born September 10, 1950) is an American professional wrestler, better known as Greg The Hammer Valentine. ... October 19 is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 38 days remaining. ...


End of an era

After having been extremely popular with the fans from early on, by the final months of his title reign, many fans had grown weary of "Howdy Doody," as the Grand Wizard had dubbed Backlund, illustrated by the fact that he was picked as the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Most Overrated Wrestler in 1983. Additionally, Vincent K. McMahon, who had taken over his father's wrestling promotion, wanted to put the title on the more charismatic and muscular Californian Hulk Hogan. The younger McMahon approached Backlund and said that Hogan was the man that would take the WWF to the next level. Instead of having Backlund lose to Hogan outright they needed a heel to be the transitional champion between Backlund and Hogan. On December 26, 1983 Backlund, recently "injured" in a TV angle where The Iron Sheik assaulted Backlund with his Persian Clubs, lost the title to the Sheik when Backlund's manager Arnold Skaaland threw in the towel while Backlund was locked in the Camel Clutch[2]. It's worth noting that Backlund was not defeated via a pinfall or submission. Because Backlund was declared "injured," he was denied an automatic rematch with the Iron Sheik, and instead Hulk Hogan was given a match, which he won, making him the new Champion[21]. Backlund continued to work for the WWF for a while after the title change but never saw a shot at the title he held for so many years. On August 4, 1984 Backlund defeated Salvatore Bellermo in what is his last WWF match for 8 years. [22] Howdy Doody was a childrens television program (with a decidedly frontier/western theme, although other themes also colored the show) that aired on NBC from 1947 through 1960. ... Ernie Roth (born June 7, 1929 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, died October 12, 1983), best known as The Grand Wizard of Wrestling, also well known as Abdullah Farouk, was a professional wrestling manager of many infamous heels. ... Dave Herbert Meltzer (born October 24, 1961 in San Jose, California) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, an insider newsletter for the world of professional wrestling. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... In professional wrestling, a heel is a villain character who is portrayed as behaving in an immoral manner, breaking rules or otherwise taking advantage of their opponents outside of the bounds of the rules of the match. ... December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 361st in leap years. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Arnold Skaaland (Pronounced Skoland) (January 21, 1925 – March 13, 2007) was an American professional wrestler and professional wrestling manager. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


After the WWF and retirement

After leaving the WWF Backlund had a run in the short-lived Pro Wrestling USA, which was a joint promotion between the NWA and the AWA to combat the national expansion of the WWF. In Pro Wrestling USA Backlund unsuccessfully challenged AWA Champion Rick Martel but soon dropped off the pro wrestling scene. Backlund was believed to have permanently retired from wrestling but made a surprise return in 1991 where he began to work for Herb Abrams' short-lived UWF. He made an appearance at Beach Brawl, the promotion’s only pay-per-view event in which he defeated Ivan Koloff. [23] Backlund would also appear on one card in the UWFi in Japan on the promotion’s first Sumo Hall show.[24] Pro Wrestling USA was a Professional wrestling promotion in the United States of America in the mid 1980s. ... Richard Vigneault (born March 18, 1956) is a Québécois former professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) between 1980 and 1995 under the ring name Rick Martel. ... Herb Abrams (1954 – July 23, 1996) was an American professional wrestling promoter. ... The Universal Wrestling Federation, or UWF, was a national professional wrestling federation founded by Herb Abrams. ... UWF Beach Brawl was a professional wrestling pay-per-view from the Universal Wrestling Federation. ... Ivan Koloff is a professional wrestler. ... Union of Wrestling Forces International, better known as UWF International or simply UWFi, was a stiff-style|shoot-style professional wrestling promotion in Japan from 1991 to 1996. ... Ryōgoku Kokugikan, view from West with Edo-Tokyo Museum in the background Ryōgoku Kokugikan ) is an indoor sporting arena located in the Ryōgoku neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan, next to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. ...


WWF Return (1992-1998)

In 1992 Backlund returned to the WWF[25], a very different WWF from the one that he had left nearly a decade earlier. In his absence, the company had expanded to become an international wrestling promotion mainly because of the colorful wrestlers of the "Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection" era that Hulk Hogan ushered in 8 years prior. Backlund, whose persona remained the same as it was in his heyday, seemed to be out of step with the evolution of the WWF. Many fans did not even remember him, as he had left just prior to Vince McMahon's national expansion. His initial period in the WWF was largely uneventful with Backlund working mid-card matches; however, it was highlighted by his performance at the 1993 Royal Rumble, in which he lasted sixty-one minutes and ten seconds[26], a record that would not be broken until 2004 (by Chris Benoit). Backlund's first appearance at a WrestleMania event, at WrestleMania IX, consisted of a quick match, which he lost to Razor Ramon [27]. Royal Rumble 1993 was the sixth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... Christopher Benoit (born May 21, 1967) is a Canadian professional wrestler. ... Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment since 1985. ... WrestleMania IX was the ninth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In the summer of 1994, Backlund took part in what was billed as an "old generation vs. new generation" match with Bret Hart, with Hart's WWF Championship on the line. Over a number of weeks, viewers of WWF Superstars were treated to vignettes of Backlund working out and training for his match with Hart. Hart won the match, after Backlund misconceived his own victory and helped Bret to his feet, but afterwards Backlund "snapped", slapping Hart in the face and placing him in the crossface chickenwing submission hold, laughing hysterically. When he finally released the hold, Backlund stared at his hands in shock. Soon afterwards Backlund would start to suddenly snap during a match, go into a blind rage, and would viciously attack his opponent with a crossface chickenwing. Afterward, Backlund would seemingly snap out of his trance and be horrified by what he had done (this of course was a wrestling angle). [1] This article is about the professional wrestler. ... WWF Superstars of Wrestling was a professional wrestling program that debuted on September 6, 1986, replacing WWF Championship Wrestling. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Shortly after his match with Hart, on an episode of Monday Night RAW, a changed Backlund explained that he should still be considered the legitimate WWF Champion, as the Iron Sheik had never pinned him, nor had he submitted to the Camel Clutch. Backlund continued wrestling under the new gimmick of an out of touch, yet highly dangerous, maniac out to teach the new generation a lesson. [1] He often appeared in business suits, had a hyperactive personality, and used (or, often, misused) large words to sound important. He also demanded that he be addressed as "Mr. Backlund". He would only sign autographs for wrestling fans if they could recite the names of all of the US Presidents in chronological order. On several instances, he attacked wrestlers and other WWF employees and placed them in the crossface chickenwing. These victims included Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, WWF Magazine writer Lou "The Count" Gianfriddo, and his former manager Arnold Skaaland, whom he blamed for costing him the WWF Title eleven years earlier. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Mike Droese is a former professional wrestler that worked in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ...


On November 23, 1994 at the 1994 Survivor Series PPV in San Antonio, Texas, Backlund faced Bret Hart in a "Throw in the Towel" submission match, with Bret's brother Owen Hart in his corner (carrying what Backlund claimed to be the same towel Skaaland threw into the ring in 1983) and The British Bulldog in Hart's. The object of the match was to place your opponent in a submission hold and make his cornerman throw in the towel. Late in the match, Backlund took advantage of a mistake by Hart and locked the crossface chickenwing in. Hart was locked in the hold for an unheard of eight-and-a-half minutes, but refused to give up. Finally, Owen went over to his mother Helen, who was at ringside, and pleaded (not meaning it) with her to throw Bret's towel in (Bulldog had become incapacitated during the course of the match). After several minutes, Helen Hart threw the towel in, giving the match and the championship to Backlund, the match is also notable due to its 35-minute length and display of outstanding mat wrestling from both men[1][2]. November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... Survivor Series 1994 was the eighth annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event for the World Wrestling Federation. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Counties Bexar County Government  - Mayor Phil Hardberger Area  - City  412. ... Owen James Hart (May 7, 1965 – May 23, 1999) was a Canadian professional wrestler who was most known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... David Davey Boy Smith (November 27, 1962 – May 18, 2002) was a British professional wrestler. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Backlund's second reign as WWF Champion was short-lived, however, as he lost the title on November 26 to Diesel at Madison Square Garden[2], home of many of Backlund's victories in the 1970s and 1980s. This match stands as the quickest World Title match as the towering Diesel simply kicked Backlund in the stomach and hit him with a Jackknife Powerbomb, pinning him a mere eight seconds after the bell rang[1]. For weeks afterwards, fans jeered Backlund with chants of "Eight seconds! Eight seconds!" In a 2005 interview for the Pro Wrestling Torch, Nash fondly remembered how Backlund sold his Jackknife Powerbomb by crawling up the aisleway back to the dressing room area of the Garden. Nash said, "He couldn't have put me over any stronger." is the 330th day of the year (331st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Kevin Scott Nash (born July 9, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wade Keller Wade Keller is an American wrestling columnist. ...


After the title loss Backlund started to work less and less, never again reaching main event status. His final noteworthy WWF match was an "I Quit" Match against Bret Hart at WrestleMania XI on April 2, 1995. He lost, though many viewers have noted that Backlund never actually said, "I Quit." He screamed unintelligibly into the microphone, which special guest referee Roddy Piper seemed to interpret as "I Quit." [28] An I Quit Match is a type of professional wrestling match format in which the only way to win is to make the opponent say the words I quit (usually into a microphone). ... WrestleMania XI, was the eleventh annual WrestleMania pay-per-view event held by the World Wrestling Federation in Hartford, Connecticut on April 2, 1995. ... April 2 is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


Following WrestleMania, the WWF ran an angle where Backlund declared his candidacy for President of the United States. Several vignettes were shown on television, including one depicting Backlund campaigning at a beach. However, this angle was dropped without fanfare, possibly due to lack of fan interest and because the U.S. presidential election would not be held for another year and a half. In professional wrestling, an angle is a fictional storyline. ... The presidential seal is a well-known symbol of the presidency. ... United States presidential elections determine who serves as President and Vice President of the United States for four-year terms, starting on Inauguration Day (January 20th of the year after the election). ...


For a brief time in 1996 and 1997, Backlund joined forces with his old nemesis the Iron Sheik to manage The Sultan in the WWF. [1] Solofa Fatu, Jr. ...


WWF Third Run (2000)

He later returned to wrestle in the 2000 Royal Rumble. After that, he briefly became manager for the then-Intercontinental and European Champion Kurt Angle. During his run, he taught his crossface chickenwing submission to Angle, but later on, Angle fired Backlund (and gave Backlund a crossface chickenwing) after discovering that Backlund booked Angle in a Two Falls Match with Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho, with both of his titles on the line, at WrestleMania 2000.[1] Promotional poster of Royal Rumble 2000 Royal Rumble 2000 was the thirteenth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... The WWE Intercontinental Championship belt The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... The WWE European Championship belt The WWE European Championship is an inactive title competed for in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Kurt Steven Angle (born December 9, 1968) is an American professional wrestler and former Olympic gold medalist amateur wrestler, who is currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, is the current TNA World Heavyweight Champion and also makes appearances for the Japan based Inoki Genome Federation, where he is the... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Christopher Benoit (born May 21, 1967) is a Canadian professional wrestler. ... Christopher Keith Irvine (born November 9, 1970), better known by the ring name Chris Jericho, is an Canadian actor, radio host, rock musician and inactive professional wrestler. ... WrestleMania 2000 (chronologically known as WrestleMania XVI) was the sixteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by the World Wrestling Federation. ...


Possibly inspired by his fake presidential candidacy in 1995, Backlund also unsuccessfully ran for a Connecticut seat in Congress as a Republican in 2000. He went on to operate a bail bond company in Connecticut.[1] Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups (as of November 7, 2006 elections) Democratic Party Republican... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...


Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007)

After many references to Backlund by Kevin Nash, Backlund debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in January 2007, at the Final Resolution pay-per-view, judging the finals of the Paparazzi Championship Series (PCS) between Alex Shelley and Austin Starr. Given the tie breaking vote, Backlund launched a long explanation before declaring his decision a draw, and the match was restarted by PCS director Kevin Nash. After the match was won by Shelley, Starr pie faced Backlund due to the former's belief that Backlund cost him the fight, in which Backlund responded by putting Starr in the cross face chicken wing.[29] Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ... Final Resolution is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event held by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in the month of January. ... Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Kevin Scott Nash (born July 9, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional wrestler and actor. ...


It was recently reported on TNA Wrestling's home page that Backlund would begin to make regular appearances on TNA iMPACT!. During his recent appearances on iMPACT! he has been seen as crazy and weird by announcers Don West and Mike Tenay. For the video game based on the show, see TNA iMPACT! (video game). ... Donald Don West (born June 20, 1963) is an American professional wrestling color commentator and television personality. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Backlund made his in ring return at TNA Slammiversary and defeated Alex Shelly. Slammiversary is the name given to professional wrestling pay-per-view events held by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in the month of June. ... Patrick Martin (born May 23, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan), better known by his stage name Alex Shelley, is an American professional wrestler. ...


Acting Career

Bob Backlund was also a guest on MTV's Singled Out where he acted in sketches with host Jenny McCarthy and Chris Hardwicke. The work caught the eye of Director Keven Undergaro and Producer Maria Menounos. He was subsequently cast to play the role of "Friar Chuck", alongside Menounos and John Waters, in the comedy feature film "In the Land of Merry Misfits." The quirky, offbeat film has been compared by critics to the works of L. Frank Baum, John Waters and Kevin Smith. The film played at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival where Bob Backlund appeared and signed autographs. The film, and the film's actors, including Bob Backlund is now touring festivals worldwide.


In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Crossface chickenwing
  • Rolling Clutch Pin
  • Atomic Knee Drop (Diving knee drop) - Original finisher
  • Atomic Spinecrusher (Atomic drop)
  • Belly-to-back suplex
  • Managers
  • Managed

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Championships and accomplishments

  • NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Jack Brisco
  • NWA Western States Sports
  • NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

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References

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  3. ^ WWWF Show Results 1977 (February 8). “Bob Backlund & Tony Garea defeated Jose Estrada & Pete Doherty (first result listed for Backlund in the WWWF)”
  4. ^ WWF Show Results 1977 (December 6). “WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham fought Bob Backlund to a double count-out”
  5. ^ WWF Show Results 1977 (December 27). “Bob Backlund defeated WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham via count-out”
  6. ^ WWF Show Results 1978 (February 20). “Bob Backlund pinned WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham to win the title at 15:51 with the atomic drop, even though the champion's foot was on the bottom rope during the pinfall.”
  7. ^ WWF Show Results 1978 (February 23). “WWWF World Champion Bob Backlund fought NWA World Champion Harley Race to a draw”
  8. ^ WWF Show Results 1979 (March 25). “WWWF World Champion Bob Backlund fought AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel to a double count-out at 39:10 when both men began brawling on the floor”
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  16. ^ WWF Show Results 1979 (December 6). “WWF & NWF World Champion Antonio Inoki fought Bob Backlund to a no contest at 27:19; Backlund had scored a pinfall after coming off the top rope, following outside distraction from Tiger Jeet Singh, however WWF President Hisashi Shinma overruled the decision and declared it a no contest; only the WWF title was on the line”
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  18. ^ WWF Show Results 1981 (October 19). “WWF World Champion Bob Backlund pinned Greg Valentine at 19:32; the title was held up after the battle when the dazed referee accidentally gave the title to Valentine; the title controversy was only a factor in NYC as Backlund continued to defend the title until the following month's rematch”
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  Results from FactBites:
 
Bob Backlund Recalls 1971 Championship Win - NCAA Sports.com (0 words)
Backlund pulled double-duty as a wrestler and football player on an NDSU team that secured a spot in a bowl game that season, keeping Backlund away from the wrestling mats longer than usual.
Backlund was the second student-athlete from North Dakota State to claim a championship in front of a delighted hometown crowd at the 1971 tournament.
Backlund was happy in pro wrestling, too, which made it difficult for him to find a new occupation when he went on hiatus from the business in 1984.
Wrestling Encyclopedia (1154 words)
Robert Backlund was born on August 14, 1950 in Princeton, Minnesota, a modest suburb northwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Bob Backlund had already earned a reputation as one of the sport’s premier grapplers when he subsequently arrived in Vince McMahon Sr.’s World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1978.
Bob Backlund’s long reign was a shift in philosophy for the newly renamed World Wrestling Federation, which had traditionally featured powerful brawlers with magnetic personalities, such as Graham, Sammartino, and Ivan Koloff, as its main titleholders.
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