Bob Backlund - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Bob Backlund, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Robert Louis Backlund was born in Princeton, Minnesota on August 14, 1949, and he is currently 74 years old.

He is currently a Ambassador, working for WWE.

Bob Backlund was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 as an individual, in the NJPW Hall of Fame in 1990 as part of the NJPW Greatest 18 Club wing and in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) in 2008 as part of the Modern Era wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Robert Louis Backlund
  • Ring Names
    • Bob Backlund ( June 1, 1973 - Present)
  • Born August 14, 1949 (age 74)
  • Nationality Nationality: United StatesUnited States
  • Birth Place Princeton, Minnesota
  • Billed From
    • Princeton, Minnesota
  • Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
  • Weight
    • 234 lbs (106 kg)

Career History

  • Roles

    • Ambassador ( January 1, 2020 - Present)
    • Ambassador ( December 10, 2007 - October 29, 2017)
    • Manager ( May 5, 2016 - October 29, 2017)
    • Wrestler ( June 1, 1973 - March 31, 2014)
  • Promotions / Brands

    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWE January 1, 2020Present
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand Raw July 19, 2016 October 29, 2017
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWE December 10, 2007 July 18, 2016
    Promotion TNA / Impact WrestlingTNA January 14, 2007 July 15, 2007
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF July 1, 1992 April 2, 2000
    Promotion BattlARTSBATTLARTS April 26, 1999 May 15, 1999
    Promotion Union of Wrestling Forces InternationalUWF I September 26, 1991 December 22, 1991
    Promotion American Wrestling AssociationAWA October 23, 1984 August 26, 1985
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP February 14, 1985 February 26, 1985
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA March 6, 1974 November 13, 1984
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF December 7, 1976 August 4, 1984
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight November 30, 1979 September 3, 1984
    Promotion American Wrestling AssociationAWA June 1, 1973 October 21, 1977
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPWBrand Heavyweight July 5, 1974 March 13, 1975
  • Images History

    Jan 2007
    Jan 2007
    Jan 1980
    Jan 1980
    Jun 1973
    Jun 1973
  • Face / Heel Turns

    Alignmentfromto
    Heel July 30, 1994 October 29, 2017
    Face June 1, 1973 July 29, 1994

  • Finishers

    • Crossface Chickenwing ( June 1, 1973 - March 31, 2014)
    • Atomic Spinecrusher - Running Atomic Drop ( June 1, 1973 - December 31, 1989)
    • Atomic Knee Drop - Diving Knee Drop ( June 1, 1973 - December 31, 1978)
  • Theme Songs

    • Theme Song "Hail To The Chief" by Jim Johnston - Single ( December 7, 1976 - April 2, 2000)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame

    • WWE Hall of Fame - Year 2013, Individual
    • NJPW Hall of Fame - Year 1990, NJPW Greatest 18 Club
    • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) - Year 2008, Modern Era
  • World Wrestling Entertainment

  • Championship Wrestling from Florida

    • 1 NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (with Steve Keirn)

    Georgia Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (with Jerry Brisco)

    NWA Western States Sports

    • 3 NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship

    Northeast Wrestling Federation

    • 1 NEWF Heavyweight Championship

    St. Louis Wrestling Club

    • 1 NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship

    Western States Sports

    • 3 NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship

    Wrestling and Romance

    • 1 WAR World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (with Scott Putski & The Warlord)
  • Other Accomplishments

    • NJPW MSG Tag League Winner (1980 – with Antonio Inoki)
    • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction (class of 2016)
    • WWF Slammy Award - Most Eccentric (1994)
    • PWI Wrestler of the Year (1980, 1982)
    • PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (1994)
    • PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (1977, 1981)
    • PWI Rookie of the Year (1976)
    • PWI Match of the Year (1978 - vs. Billy Graham, on 02/20)
    • PWI Match of the Year (1982 - vs. Jimmy Snuka, Steel Cage match on 06/28)
    • 7° in PWI Years Top 500 (2003)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame induction (Class of 2004)
    • WON Best Technical Wrestler (1980)
    • WON Match of the Year (1980 - vs. Ken Patera, Texas Death match at WWF on MSG Network)

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