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Bob Backlund Shoot On Vince Mcmahon Senior and Junior

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Bob Backlund is the crazy coach/manager of Darren Young. For the older fan of the sport Bob was one of the longest running WWF Champions from late 70’s to the early 80’s. Bob was the top draw for Vince Mcmahon senior during this time he took on the likes Big John Studd, Superstar Billy Graham, Superfly Jimmy Sunka, Harley Race,Ric Flair and many more legends in some great and memorable matches.

After his run in the early 80’s though, Bob Backlund faded away. Hulkamania started running wild and there was no room for a all american wholesome boy next door like Backlund. It seemed as though Bob’s career quietly faded off and there was never going to be another Bob Backlund run.

That was until the early 90’s when Bob made his return to the World Wrestling Federation under the same gimmick that he appeared under several years earlier, the squeaky clean all american boy. Now the owner of the Federation Vince Mcmahon Jr. saw a different approach with Bob. He turned him into a loose cannon that wasn’t able to be controlled. This ultimately turned Bob’s career around and he ended up regaining the WWF title, although it was a short title run, he still made it to the top of the moutain again which many people thought he wouldn’t be able to.

In this shoot interview Mr. Backlund talks about working for Vince Sr. and Jr. and gives some insight into why Senior thought he was the best guy to lead the company. He also talks about how both men are different. It gives some insight into someone who has worked for both Vince Sr. and Jr.

Superstar Billy Graham Shoots On Bob Backlund

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Before there was the Hulk Hogan’s and Jesse Ventura’s in the world of wrestling, there was Superstar Billy Graham. Superstar was one of the most copied wrestlers ever and he was way ahead of his time. Without him ¬†you would never have had Hulk Hogan’s persona of the 27 inch pythons, the bandanna’s and later on his career the feather boa, and of course is emphasis on the word “brother”. Graham rose to the top of professional wrestling by beating one of the greatest champions of all time for the belt, The Living Legend Bruno Sammartino.

Superstar continued to do what Bruno did before him and that was have sell out crowds and legendary matches. Superstar was a heel though and the people where paying to see him get beat, although later in his title run the fans where starting to cheer for him more and more. After having the title for a little more than a year, WWWF owner Vince Mcmahon Sr. decided he wanted to put the belt on a more wholesome and All American Bob Backlund. So a year into to his title reign Bob Backlund beat Superstar Billy Graham on February 20th, 1978 for the WWWF title and held that title for over 5 years until Iron Sheik beat him in 1983.

In this interview with Hannibal TV Superstar Billy Graham gives his honest opinion of Bob Backlund. He talks about when Vince decided he was going to take the title off of him. He also discusses what Bruno Sammartino thought of the title change and more. It’s an interesting excerpt from a good interview. Let us know what you think below.