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Wrestling By The Numbers: Robert ‘Bob’ Backlund‏



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World Wrestling Entertainment has announced the second inductee into their 2012 Hall Of Fame class will be former 2-Time WWE Champion Bob Backlund. The 63-year-old Princeton Minnesota native had a 24-year run in the professional wrestling business from 1973-1997. After being an All-American amateur wrestler at North Dakota State University Backlund received his professional wrestling training from Eddie Sharkey in 1972. He made his debut in the American Wrestling Association in 1974 and then moved on to compete in NWA Western States Sports in Amarillo where he became a main event star becoming a former 3-Time NWA Western States Champion. Bob Backlund then spent time in Championship Wrestling From Florida, Georgia Championship Wrestling, NWA Maple Leaf Wrestling and NWA St. Louis before signing with World Wrestling Entertainment in 1977.

Less then 4-months after joining the WWE Backlund was put in a main event program with then WWE Champion Superstar Billy Graham. The technical wrestling star won the WWE Championship in February of 1978 and held the title for almost 5-years straight. After leaving the WWE in 1984 Backlund would return for a short stint in the AWA before competing in both Pro Wrestling USA and Herb Abrams’ Universal Wrestling Federation. Backlund returned to the WWE for a 5-year run with the company from 1992-1997. Known during his second stint as the crazy mid-aged Mr. Backlund, he surprisingly won the WWE Championship for a second time in November of 1994 from Bret ‘the Hitman’ Hart. He would only hold the title this time for 3-days before losing to Kevin ‘Diesel’ Nash. Backlund remained with the WWE until 1997 working a less frequent in-ring schedule and as a manager. He returned and competed in the WWE Royal Rumble in the year 2000 and returned for short programs in the WWE and TNA Wrestling in 2007. Bob Backlund joins Mick Foley as announced inductees into the 2012 WWE Hall Of Fame class.

Below we look at the professional wrestling career of Robert ‘Bob’ Backlund by the numbers…

World Wrestling Entertainment:

* 9 Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.

* 4 Main Event Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.

* 2 Matches Managed on WWE Pay-Per-View.

* 14 Matches on WWE Raw.

* 4 Main Event Matches on WWE Raw.

* 1 Match on WWE Smackdown.

* 19 Matches on WWE Superstars.

* 3 Main Event Matches on WWE Superstars.

* 16 Matches on WWE Wrestling Challenge.

* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Wrestling Challenge

* 4 Matches on WWE Prime Time Wrestling.

* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE Prime Time Wrestling.

* 15 Matches on WWE Championship Wrestling.

* 5 Main Event Matches on WWE Championship Wrestling.

* 8 Matches on WWE All-Star Wrestling.

* 1 Main Event Match on WWE All-Star Wrestling.

* 65 Matches on WWE On MSG Network.

* 25 Main Event Matches on WWE On MSG Network.

* 47 Matches on WWE On PRISM Network.

* 11 Main Event Matches on WWE On PRISM Network.

* 4 Matches on WWE On USA Network.

* 3 Main Event Matches on WWE On USA Network.

* 2 Matches on WWE Action Zone.

* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE Action Zone.

* 1 Match on WWE Summerslam Spectacular.

* 1 Match on WWE Sunday Night Slam.

* 1 Match on WWE European Spring Tour.

TNA Wrestling:

* 2 Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.

American Wrestling Association:

* 1 Match on AWA Wrestle For Cure.

Universal Wrestling Federation:

* 1 Match on UWF Pay-Per-View.

New Japan Pro Wrestling:

* 2 Matches on NJPW Live.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Pre-Japan Championship Series.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Pre-Japan Championship Series.

* 7 Matches on NJPW Madison Square Garden Series

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Madison Square Garden Series.

* 1 Match on NJPW Madison Square Garden Tag League.

* 3 Matches on NJPW Toukon Series.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Toukon Series.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Bloody Fight Series

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW Bloody Fight Series

* 1 Match on NJPW WWE Big Fight Series.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW WWE Big Fight Series.

* 1 Match on NJPW New Year Golden Series.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Summer Fight Series.

* 2 Main Event Matches on NJPW Summer Fight Series.

* 1 Match on NJPW Indicate Of Next.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Survival.

Juggalo Championship Wrestling:

* 1 Match on JCW Pay-Per-View.


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