• Reason Why Bob Backlund Was Removed From WWF TV In 2000
Many of you Old School Attitude Era fans will certainly remember when former 2-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund returned in 2000 and became Kurt Angle’s sidekick.
On the latest episode of his weekly ‘The Kurt Angle Show’ podcast, our Olympic Hero recalled a segment that aired on the March 20, 2000 episode of WWF RAW IS WAR, where Backlund went off script during a segment while falsely assuming they wouldn’t be LIVE (but they were) and he could just reshoot the footage all over again, which obviously wasn’t possible.
Here’s what Kurt said:
“Bob was supposed to put the crippler crossface on Chris Benoit while he was sitting, and Bob didn’t want to do it because he wasn’t standing up.
I looked back at the writer like, ‘Holy sh*t’.
When Bob went and did that, they just went, ‘We’ve had enough of Bob Backlund, we’re gonna move on’.
Don’t get me wrong, Bob was fun to work with. I loved him.”
Bob Backlund wrestled for the World Wide Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Federation from 1976 until 1984 and again from 1992 till 1996, long before he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (October 5, 1996) – ECW Ultimate Jeopardy 1996
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on October 5, 1996, Extreme Championship Wrestling held ‘ECW Ultimate Jeopardy 1996’ at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
bWo member Stevie Richards replaced ECW World Heavyweight Champion Raven in the main event of the evening, thus defending the title for him.
The results can be found here:
Louie Spicolli defeated Doug Furnas
Mikey Whipwreck defeated J.T. Smith
Submission match: Taz defeated Johnny Smith
The Eliminators defeated The Samoan Gangsta Party
ECW World Tag Team Championship: The Gangstas (c) wrestled Stevie Richards & The Blue Meanie to a no-contest
ECW World Tag Team Championship: The Gangstas (c) defeated The Eliminators
Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Terry Gordy
D-Von Dudley defeated Buh Buh Ray Dudley
ECW World Television Championship: Shane Douglas (c) wrestled Pitbull #2 to a no-contest
Ultimate Jeopardy – ECW World Heavyweight Championship: The Sandman & Tommy Dreamer defeated Stevie Richards & Brian Lee