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Old 05-19-2012, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I always felt sorry for Backlund that his 1994 championship reign was so short. The guy was a great heel in my opinion; I loved his psychotic character and thought that he was a really entertaining guy - far better than Diesel!

Was there any real reason that his 1994 reign was so short or was he just supposed to be a transitional champion? He was a pretty prominent character at the time and was even significantly involved in the Bret/Owen feud.

I always thought that Backlund should have held the title until (at least) Royal Rumble 1995. It would've been great if he'd faced Owen Hart for the title (as a reward for Owen helping him win), setting up an Owen vs Bret title matc at Wrestlemania 11 to end their rivalry.
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It shows the change in Backlund's attitude. Rumor has it that Vince McMahon wanted Hogan to squash Backlund in December of 1983, but Backlund refused, and insisted on losing to a heel with wrestling credentials. In pops Iron Sheik who fit that role.

Flash forward to 1994 and Backlund gets squashed by Kevin Nash. Ironic.
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Default Re: Bob Backlund 1994

I don't know what Vince was thinking but Bob Backlund winning the title in 1994 was stupid as fuck. He was a transitional champion, the exact definition of a transitional champion, he only had the belt to drop it to Diesel. The whole thing was well done true enough but a straight up Bret vs Diesel match would have been better. Diesel could have gained more from beating Bret straight up instead of going round about with it.
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As far as I know it's a situation where Vince panicked at the potential of low buyrates with Backlund as champ and he undoubtably had the Kliq in his hear.

It's not to say it wasn't entirely planned though because Nash had just come off his "breakup" with Shawn Michaels and was getting huge reactions at the time.
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I liked several things from that Backlund run though. Most notably getting over his psychotic heel persona and really establishing the Crossface Chickenwing as a devastating move that was to be feared. Despite the fact that Bob never put it on correctly.

More characters and moves today should be put over like that.
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As a relatively new fan during that time, I hated Backlund's entire run. He was so plain and generic that it totally didn't interest me at all, as a 6 year old. Plus he beat my hero at the time, Bret Hart for the title so I really didn't like him but it wasn't heel heat it was more like Michael Cole, get him off my TV heat.
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As a relatively new fan during that time, I hated Backlund's entire run. He was so plain and generic that it totally didn't interest me at all, as a 6 year old. Plus he beat my hero at the time, Bret Hart for the title so I really didn't like him but it wasn't heel heat it was more like Michael Cole, get him off my TV heat.
Plain and generic? He played a weird sqealing, shrieking psycotic old man. Nothing plain and generic about that! He was great at the time. I guess that, as you were only 6, it makes sense that you didn't like him. I, for one, found him insanely enjoyable (or enjoyably insane).

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As far as I know it's a situation where Vince panicked at the potential of low buyrates with Backlund as champ and he undoubtably had the Kliq in his hear.

It's not to say it wasn't entirely planned though because Nash had just come off his "breakup" with Shawn Michaels and was getting huge reactions at the time.
I always felt that the Shawn Michaels / Diesel match had enough going on that adding the championship didn't really add anything. These two seemed destined to face each other at Wrestlemania right from Survivor Series 1994: it just seemed inevitable, and as a result the Royal Rumble win / title match just added nothing. Personally, I'd have had Diesel / HBK feuding without the title, and I'd have put the title from Backlund to Owen - building up to an epic, feud closing Owen Hart / Bret Hart championship match at Wrestlemania 11.

Backlund could have been (and should have been) kept in the main event by feuding with Hart for the title after Wrestlemania.
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Default Re: Bob Backlund 1994

i was furious he beat bret, cause hes my favorite, but overall i loved bob backlund, and he was really different with how generic he was. he stood out by looking generic. He played a great psycho.
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I loved insane Bob Backlund (and the later Mr Backlund) but him as champ wasn't a good idea.
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At the time, it seems like he got the belt to help further the Bret/Owen rivalry. Owen shouldve 'tricked' Backlund into a match and won the title. Couldve had Bret/Owen at WM 11 for the title.
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