The always outspoken former WWE Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund recently spoke to WrestleDelphia.com.
Why it was a “waste” for him to stay in the business after Vince McMahon Sr. passed away and why he should have stopped wrestling then:
“Vince McMahon Sr. was the man who was behind me so much. I wasn’t in a clique. I didn’t schmooze with other promoters when I was coming up.”
Being a big beer drinker, who his favorite drinking buddies were:
“Andre the Giant and I had beers together a few times. Steve Keirn, Mike Graham, other than that, I was usually in and out, and then went home. Andre was really a nice person, though. He was agood guy to be around. Quite a character, quite a guy.”
How he found out he was being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame:
“They called me and asked me. I refused a few different times in years past because of what happened in the 80s, but then they fixed it. My relationship with Triple H has been fantastic. He has kept his word on everything that he has said to me and I respect him for that.”
Backlund has resurfaced on WWE Television sporadically since 2007. He lost a 15 man anniversary battle royale in 2007, then placed Heath Slater in his patented crossface chicken wing after Slater mocked him in 2012. Bob appeared again in 2013 to campaign for votes to be placed in the Hell in a Cell World Heavyweight Championship match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. Shawn Michaels would go on to win the voting and ended up “screwing over” Bryan with a superkick that allowed Orton to gain the victory.