Wrestler: Bob Backlund
Real Name: Robert Louis Backlund
Birthday: August 14, 1950
Hometown: Princeton, Minnesota
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 6'1" - 241 lbs
Trained by: Eddie Sharkey
Debut: 1973
Previous Gimmicks: The Golden Boy
Mr. Bob Backlund
Finishing Move: Cross Face Chicken Wing
Favorite Moves: Belly-to-back Rolling Bridge
Atomic Drop
Notable Feuds: Larry Zbyszko (AWA)
Jimmy Snuka
Greg Valentine
Pat Patterson
Bob Orton
Iron Shiek
Don Muraco
Bret Hart

[Bob Backlund Gallery]


  • NCAA Amateur champion;
  • NWA (Georgia) Tag Team titles w/Jerry Brisco defeating Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji (October 1975);
  • NWA (Missouri) Heavyweight title defeating Harley Race (April 23, 1976);
  • NWA (Florida) Tag Team titles w/Steve Keirn defeating Bob Orton Sr. & Bob Roop (1976);
  • WWWF World Heavyweight title defeating "Superstar" Billy Graham (February 20, 1978);
  • WWF Federation title defeating Bret "Hitman" Hart (November 23, 1994);

  • In The Beginning:
  • 1973: Bob Backlund debuted in the Minneappolis-based American Wrestling Association..
  • 1975: Bob Backlund move onto the National Wrestling Alliance, were teamed with Jerry Brisco to win the NWA Georgia tag titles..
  • 1976: Bob Backlund joined forces with Steve Keirn and won the NWA Florida tag titles..
  • 1976: Bob Backlund wrestled throughout the Midwestern United States held the NWA Missouri Heavyweight title..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation:
  • 1978: Bob Backlund entered the World Wide Wrestling Federation and was managed by Arnold Scaaland..
  • February 20, 1978: Bob Backlund defeated "Superstar" Billy Graham to win the WWWF World Heavyweight title..
  • 1979: Bob Backlund travelled to Japan to defend the WWWF World title against the legendary Antonio Inoki..
  • ~~~Inoki shocked the world by defeating Backlund for the title but refused to accept the Championship..
  • July 4, 1982: WWF World Champion Bob Backlund battled NWA World Champion Ric Flair to a Double DQ at the Omni in Atlanta..
  • December 26, 1983: The Iron Sheik defeated Bob Backlund for the WWF title when Arnold Scaaland (manager) threw in the towel..
  • January 1984: Bob Backlund left the World Wrestling Federation shortly after and disappeared from the spotlight..

    World Wrestling Federation:
  • 1993: Bob Backlund made his inspirational return to the WWF as a mid-card babyface..
  • January 24, 1993 - Royal Rumble: Bob Backlund entered the Royal Rumble at #2 and lasted over an hour!
  • March 8, 1993 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backlund defeated Papa Shango...
  • April 4, 1993 - Wrestlemania IX: Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) defeated Bob Backlund..
  • April 5, 1993 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backlund defeated Kim Chee..
  • April 11, 1993 - UK Rampage: Bob Backlund defeated Damian Demento...
  • May 3, 1993 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backlund defeated Duane Gill..
  • October 4, 1993 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backland participated in a Battle Royal...
  • November 8, 1993 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backlund vs Barry Horowitz ended in a No Contest..
  • January 22, 1994 - Royal Rumble: Bob Backlund entered the Royal Rumble at #8 but was eliminated by Diesel in 2 minutes..

    World Wrestling Federation - Crazy Heel:
  • Bob Backlund challanged Bret Hart to a WWF title match, after Hart won, Backlund snapped and turned heel!
  • August 8, 1994 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backlund defeated Kevin Krueger by Submission..
  • October 3, 1994 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backlund defeated Gary Scott by Submission..
  • October 31, 1994 - Monday Night RAW: Lex Luger defeated Bob Backlund by Disqualification..
  • November 14, 1994 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backlund defeated The 1-2-3 Kid by Submission...
  • November 23, 1994 - Survivor Series: Bob Backlund defeated Bret Hart to win the WWF Heavyweight title..
  • ~~~Backlund's cornerman, Owen Hart, tricked his own mother (also Bret's mother) to throw in the towel..
  • November 26, 1994 - MSG House Show: Diesel defeated Bob Backlund in 8 seconds to win the WWF Title!!
  • December 12, 1994 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backlund defeated Doink the Clown by Submission......
  • March 6, 1995 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backlund defeated Buck Quartermaine by Submission...
  • April 2, 1995 - Wrestlemania XI: Bret "Hitman" Hart defeated Bob Backlund in an "I Quit" match..
  • December 11, 1995 - Monday Night RAW: Bob Backlund defeated Bret Hart by Disqualification..

    World Wrestling Federation - Semi-Retirement:
  • 1996: Bob Backlund briefly returned as the co-manager of The Sultan (aka Rikishi)..
  • 1999: Bob Backlund made a very brief return as a mentor to Kurt Angle, but that storyline was scrapped..
  • January 23, 2000 - Royal Rumble: Bob Backlund participated in the Royal Rumble match, mostly for comedy..

  • March 2006: Bob Backlund signed for a WWE Classic Superstars action figure.
  • January 14, 2007 - TNA Final Resolution: Bob Backlund appeared as a guest "judge" for Kevin Nash's PCS Challenge Series Finale..
  • January-February 2007: Mr. Bob Backlund had a minor roll on several editions of TNA iMPACT, Thursday Nights on Spike TV..
  • February 12, 2007 - TNA Against All Odds: Senshi defeated "THE" Austin Starr (Bob Backlund put Starr in the Cross-face Chickenwing!)..
  • Februar-March 2007: Mr. Bob Backlund continued to appear on iMPACT building up a small feud with "THE" Austin Starr..
  • March 11, 2007 - TNA Destination-X: Senshi defeated "THE" Austin Starr in a "Cross-Face-Chicken-Wing" match..
  • ~~~Austin Starr attacked Mr. Bob Backlund after the match and applied the Cross-face Chicken-wing on him!

    Dr. Steven M. Lipson wrote: I remember Bob Backland's career well under the Vince McMahan organization. Backland was the all-American type of wrestler. He couldn't speak well during the interviews.but he made up for his dull character by his great technical skills in the ring. Backland wouldn't play the game to extend his career. McMahan saw that the fans started looking at Bankjland as dull, but Bob wouldn't change. Perhaps he had no ability to put on a heel alter ego. When McMahan finally severered all ties with Bankland. Backland went to competitor prowrestling groups (I nelieve the then WCW was one at them). I actually heard Backiland say in an interview segment , "They took the title from me." I couldn't believe what I heard. I'm sure this statement spread throughout the country among the few wrestling promotors. I'm sure this statement was the final nail to the coffin. Backland's return as a heel to McMahan's promotion was just insulting (to Backland and to the fans). The fans had great memories of Backand as a great champion for 5 years. His comeback made the old time fans and the new generation of fans look at Backland as a lunatic. I wish Backland all the luck in his work in Conn. and his move into local politics.