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Join Date: Nov 2010
Re: Forgotten Legends16: Bob Backlund
I'd say he's a forgotten legend for sure, for the simple fact that he's remembered more nowadays as a comedic personality rather than one of the best workers of the 1970's. I've pretty much never seen a Bob Backlund match that sucks.
Backlund/Hansen in Japan is just awesome and so is the Cage Match from MSG in WWWF. Did he ever wrestle Terry Funk?
They're finally putting the classic meeting between Backlund and Hart from Superstars in 1993 on DVD (Top 50 Finishers). The match is around **** and afterwards Backlund snaps and locks on the crossface chicken-wing, leading to their match at Survivor Series. I'm excited to have that on DVD.
Backlund was also the perfect mentor for a green Kurt Angle, I only wish they would have done more together. There is a really fun tag match from SD with Bob/Kurt against Tazz/Jericho, though.
He still works, too. If I was promoting, I'd book him in a heartbeat.