Bob Backlund Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Faith Ajani
Feb 08, 2024 By Faith Ajani
Originally Published on Feb 15, 2023
Edited by Shadiya Ahammad
Bob Backlund was no longer the golden boy for WWE when Hulk Hogan emerged in the picture.
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About Bob Backlund

In September 2015, Backlund released his autobiography, 'The All-American Boy: Lessons And Stories On Life From Wrestling Legend Bob Backlund'.

Robert Louis Backlund was a professional wrestler who plied his skills for Total Non-stop Action Wrestling (TNA) and WWE. He is married to Corki Backlund (Corrine Gentzkow) and is the father to a daughter.

As a professional wrestler, the highlight of his career was defeating Billy Graham, in the World Championship title match, the WWF Heavyweight championship title in 1978. He was even invited to the show Singled Out as a Guest, where he performed sketches with hosts Jenny McCarthy and Chris Hardwick. Backlund played the role of Friar Chuck in the film 'In The Land Of Merry Misfits', alongside Maria Menounos and John Waters. The film was played at Tribeca Film Festival in the year 2007, where he appeared and signed autographs for fans.

In 2007, he started making appearances for TNA Wrestling and participated in a few matches for the upcoming promotion but was soon written off TV. During his time at TNA Wrestling, he wore similar suits from his WWF Days when he was famous as Mr. Backlund. The audience and the announcers found this behavior random and funny.

Bob Backlund graduated from Waldorf College and was an All-American in wrestling and football. He is best known for winning the steel cage match against 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka.

He was born on August 14, 1949, in Princeton, Minnesota. While he was studying at the Waldorf Junior College, Bob Backlund was an All-American in football and wrestling. In the year 1981, Bob Backlund was given the title of Most Inspirational Wrestler by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. But surprisingly in 2014, Bob Backlund was named as the most hated wrestler by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

Bob Backlund Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Bob Backlund’s net worth?

Bob Bucklund's net worth is $2 million.

How much does Bob Backlund earn per year?

Information concerning Bob Backlund's earnings per year is unknown.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Bob Backlund?

Bob Backlund height is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall.

How old is Bob Backlund?

Bob Bucklund is 72 years old as of July 2022. He was born in Princeton, Minnesota.

Childhood And Education

Backlund was born on August 14, 1949 in Princeton, Minnesota. He graduated from Princeton High School. During his graduation he was a state finalist in wrestling. Bob took part in both wrestling and football as an All-American where he finished in third place at the time of freshman year at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. Backlund was extremely focused on wrestling during his sophomore campaign and once again earned All-American honors and became a national runner up. While he was in North Dakota State University, he practiced and was an amateur as a wrestler. In 1971, he gracefully won the NCAA Championship of Division II at 190 pounds. The following year, in 1972, he finished at the 5th position at the Nationals of NCAA Division II as soon as he moved up to the class of heavyweight. Bob Backlund graduated from the University with a physical education degree.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Bob Backlund’s partner?

Bob Backlund is married to Corki Backlund (Corrine Gentzkow), a high school teacher and they live together in Glastonbury.They have a daughter named Carrie Backlund.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

It was in 1994 that Bob's feud with Bret Hart started. Bob, as the former World Champion, was on the hunt searching for the gold again. This drove him to win the WWF championship twice. Hart and Backlund appeared against each other for a fight in a match that was long awaited by many for the WWF Title. In the end, Bob lost his championship to Diesel after holding it for three days in Madison Square Garden at a house show.

Bob Backlund is a two-time WWE Champion and a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. His first reign as the runner-up champion lasted for more than five years.His monumental run with the title as well as the skills he displayed in the ring made him one of the most respected wrestlers of all time.He had experience as a singles and even tag team. He was extremely dedicated to his craft.

What awards has Bob Backlund won?

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Maria Menounos and won his place in the Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame.

Bob Backlund’s Hobbies And Interests

Bob Backlund had always been interested in wrestling. While he was in college and university, he was very active in taking part in sports events including wrestling and football. He represented his university in the nationals and had always been focused in building his career as a wrestler. He has several achievements under his name starting from the early days of his college life till his retirement.

Other Interesting Bob Backlund Facts And Trivia

  • In the year 2000, Backlund unsuccessfully ran for a Connecticut seat in Congress on a Republican ticket.
  • Bob Backlund's zodiac sign is Leo.
  • Bob Backlund obtained his Physical Education degree from North Dakota State University.
  • Bob Backlund made his wrestling debut in 1973 with the regional promotion named American Wrestling Association.
  • Thereafter, he started appearing in various circuits over the years.

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Robert Backlund

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Faith AjaniBachelor of Law

A law student at the University of Lagos, Faith is also working towards obtaining certificates in product and tech marketing. She has experience writing and editing for various publications, covering topics ranging from entertainment to technology and business. With a passion for both technology and entertainment, they bring a unique perspective to their work as a content editor and writer. In her free time, they enjoy playing tennis and indulging in movie marathons.

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