Bob Backlund Discusses Being Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.27.2013
His new book will explain the long wait...
- Bob Backlund was a guest on the VOC Wrestling Nation Radio show to talk about his WWE Hall of Fame Induction, his upcoming book and more:
On his new business endeavor, Gym in a Box: "Back in the 80s I used to run for conditioning. If you run long enough, you will end up hurting your knees very badly. I learned about a product called "step test", and you can do these step exercises for a long period of time without damaging your body."
On a potential return to the ring: "I'm in better shape now than I've been in a long time (because of the Step Test); the WWE said that they would not welcome me into the ring – I said to them that if the people want me, they'll put me into the ring. It's all about what the people want."
On his Hall of Fame induction: "There were some things going on that we had to get settled behind the scenes before I agreed to go into the Hall of Fame. I have a book coming out in late 2013 that will chronicle all of my trials and tribulations with the WWE, as well as my whole life."
On avoiding drugs and partying and steroids: "I didn't party. I didn't change my rules for everyone. I don't go down to their level, I make people come up to mine. I hate to see young kids make that decision to go down to someone else's level. I hate to see people try to fit in; they want you to fit in because they want to bring you down to their level...I never, ever desired to have big gigantic muscles. You can't judge a book by the cover. I was as strong as anybody in the business, and I'm proud of it because I worked very hard to get that way."
On his heel turn near the end of his career: I explain this in great detail (in my book). I refused to be a bad guy in the 80s. (Then we saw an opportunity) to make me a bad guy by being good. I built up a huge vocabulary to I could agitate the plebians. I said they changed and they were going in a bad direction. The thing was, I meant every word of what I said. I was trying to encourage children to memorize things and they thought that was a bad thing."