Robert Louis Backlund is a retired American professional wrestler best known through his tenure at WWE, where he is a two-time WWE Champion and a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. Backlund's first reign as the runner-up champion lasted for more than 5 years. Backlund began his amateur wrestling career, competing for North Dakota State University Bison from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. He began professional wrestling practice in 1973 under Eddie Sharkey and did competes for the American Wrestling Federation. He then wrestled for the National Wrestling League and won the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship in 1976. Later that year he joined the Worldwide Wrestling Federation and defeated superstar Billy Graham to win the World Championship in 1978. He held the championship until 1983, when he lost the championship in a match against The Iron Sheik.
|Birth name||Robert Louis Backlund|
|Born||August 14, 1949, Princeton, Minnesota, United States|
|Residence||Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States|
|Ring name(s)||Bob Backlund, Mr. Backlund|
|Billed from||Princeton, Minnesota|
|Trained by||Eddie Sharkey|
|IMDb||Bob Backlund's IMDb|
One of the longest reigning champions in WWF history, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013.
He attended Waldorf Junior College, where he was an All-American in both wrestling and football.
He was Pro Wrestling Illustrated's most inspirational wrestler in 1981, and, 13 years later, he was their most hated wrestler of the year.
He married Corki Backlund, and has a daughter with her.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Maria Menounos.
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Latest information about Bob Backlund updated on June 14 2021.