Nine competitors who came back to win championship gold

Bob Backlund (3,985 Days)

Bob Backlund — part of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013 — arrived at greatness after defeating WWE Hall of Famer “Superstar” Billy Graham for the championship gold in 1978 and proceeding to hold on to it for almost six years. Only an injury could bring an end to Backlund’s successful reign, but few doubted he possessed the natural ability to get back on top someday.

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After an eight-year break from the squared circle, Backlund came back to WWE in 1992 to try his throwback tactics against a new crop of Superstars. Now calling himself Mr. Backlund and hiding his unhinged attitude behind a business suit, the old school competitor finally regained the WWE Title from another WWE Hall of Famer, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, in a Submission Match at Survivor Series 1994 — just 10 years, 10 months and 28 days after conceding it to The Iron Sheik.