WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund spoke with Duke Loves Rasslin about turning heel within the 90s, Brock Lesnar, his newest run in WWE with Darren Young, and the “All American Boy” moniker. Here are a few of the highlights:
Latest WWE run with Darren Young:
“Darren Young was looking for someone to train him and finally he came and asked me if I wouldn’t mind to be his life coach. I said, ‘I sure would, you’re a great man and good for the business.’ So he went to Vince [McMahon] and the rest is history.”
Brock Lesnar and “Suplex City”:
“How big of a repertoire did he have in the ring. ‘Suplex City’? How many times can you suplex someone as opposed to the ‘All American Boy’s’ large repertoire of moves. It’s gotten to the point where they do the same moves over, and over, and over, and that’s all they know. When you have a set program in your match it gets old to do the same thing over and over and over again.”
“All American Boy” Moniker:
“When I think about ‘All American Boy’ I think of someone that lives by the Golden Rule: treat people how you wanted to be treated. That’s one of my rules in life. I respect everybody. We’re all equal, we’re all human beings and we’re all here to do good things. I liked it when they started calling me the ‘All American Boy’ and I think I lived it.”
Eventually turning heel:
“In the mid-80s Vince [McMahon] Jr. wished me to show heel and have a run with [Hulk] Hogan. I mentioned I am unable to do this. He requested me why and I mentioned as a result of I’ve a daughter who’s beginning faculty subsequent year. I’m not going to let her down and have her undergo individuals calling her household names and this and that. In the 80’s individuals had been a sure means, however within the 90s individuals weren’t that sure means. They did not need to hear about Mom and Dad and apple pie and doing the correct stuff. They wished to listen to about mendacity, dishonest and swearing and I wasn’t going to do this.
“So, I mentioned to Vince McMahon Jr. ‘Let me be a foul man now, however let me be a foul man by being good!’ I believed I used to be making an attempt to avoid wasting the world. People had been asking me if I used to be going loopy then as a result of I used to be so severe about what I used to be making an attempt to do. I wished to repair it! I wished to get individuals again to that top degree of integrity and the household and dealing arduous. Basically treating individuals the best way you wished to be handled. I assumed I was going loopy at occasions, however I used to be doing a reasonably vital job.”
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