Minnesota's Favorite Son

Feb. 20, 1978

As American as apple pie, Bob Backlund makes his WWE debut in 1977 and quickly becomes a fan favorite with his boy next door looks and skilled athleticism. After several unsuccessful attempts, he finally ends “Superstar” Billy Graham’s 10-month reign as WWE Champion. The former NCAA wrestling champion holds the title for nearly six years – a reign only second to The Living Legend, Bruno Sammartino.



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