Back in November 2015, former WWE world champion and Hall of Famer, Bob Backlund joined the Camel Clutch Blog and Pro Wrestling Radio for an exclusive, no-questions barred interview. Mr. Backlund discusses his new book, Backlund: From All-American Boy to Professional Wrestling’s World Champion and the inspirational story of his journey to the top of professional wrestling.
Bob covered most of his career in the 78 minutes of time we had together. Here are some exclusive excerpts….
On the how big feuds with Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff with him over the WWF title if he remained champion in 1984 and whether a series with Orndorff could have rivaled his series with Don Muraco.
“I agree, I agree 100% (with my opinion they’d be big), I never got into the politics, I didn’t discuss that, he (Vince Jr.) told me things that are in the plan but he didn’t discuss Piper or Orndorff with me so I knew it wasn’t going to be anything in the Garden, return matches, they were in the territory. Maybe he talked to them, but he was designing the road that we were taking and they just followed up and did what I could in the ring to make that road happen. We’d start a match, get a match going, and “what do we have to do to get to that (next) match?). If you set a goal in life that you want to be this or that, you have to think about how you are going to get there. No matter what age you’re out, what business you’re in, whether it’s wrestling, football, selling cars, or making food, or having a diner, it’s the same thing. You have to work hard, you have to have goals every day, and you have to achieve those goals.”
On how he was able to maintain a strong relationship with his family and avoid the temptations in the 1980s that came with being a celebrity in New York
“At 2 o’clock we’d (he and his daughter) would go out and play in the snow. This relates back to Dick Murdoch in 1974 told me, “Don’t ever get your family mixed up with the wrestling business.” He must have did that because it was something that he was very sad about. I made a deal with my life, “I don’t come to watch you teach school and you don’t come to watch me wrestle.” We celebrated our 41st anniversary on Halloween and we agreed we have to make it to 61.”
On why referee Dick Kroll not being in on the finish of his title change with the Sheik and whether that was customary.
“Referees were normally always in on the finish, they have to know when to do it. He didn’t have to be. It wasn’t like a pinfall where he needed to be right down there and you didn’t want him standing on the other end of the ring or something at the time when that’s going to happen. It wasn’t crucial”
Listen or download the entire shoot interview here.
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