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khawk wrote: I would have figured you to be the guy at the front of the line to get this!Right?  And I know Rob Miller as well so I've got no excuse.  



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I've got to dig into this book soon. I bought a kindle version off Amazon back in November, but have been busy catching up with some other books. Sounds like it could be the best pro wrestling book I've read since Bret Hart's.

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Might get this for my birthday.



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HBF wrote: khawk wrote: I would have figured you to be the guy at the front of the line to get this!Right?  And I know Rob Miller as well so I've got no excuse.  

Mine is that I've got a Kobo reader. Kobo wants $33+ for it digitally! Amazon is only charging $14.84 and from what I have read Amazon stuff can't be read on a Kindle.
Kobo must have had to pay out the ass to get a chance to offer it. 33 for a digital download is insane. I'll order the hardcover first.

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The best part of the book is the way Backlund passive aggressively obliterates Superstar Billy Graham for dozens of pages, especially when he says he's going to take the high road because of what a trainwreck he's become only to follow it up with a subtle dig. But my favorite is when he explained the psychology of his matches with SBG and how they tried to make it speed vs. power, even though "in reality I was far quicker AND stronger than he was." Lol.



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srossi wrote: The best part of the book is the way Backlund passive aggressively obliterates Superstar Billy Graham for dozens of pages, especially when he says he's going to take the high road because of what a trainwreck he's become only to follow it up with a subtle dig. But my favorite is when he explained the psychology of his matches with SBG and how they tried to make it speed vs. power, even though "in reality I was far quicker AND stronger than he was." Lol.Backlund picked up a 300 lb+ Hulk Hogan in Japan and the Spectrum in 1980 with one arm, so he might be right.



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HBF wrote: srossi wrote: The best part of the book is the way Backlund passive aggressively obliterates Superstar Billy Graham for dozens of pages, especially when he says he's going to take the high road because of what a trainwreck he's become only to follow it up with a subtle dig. But my favorite is when he explained the psychology of his matches with SBG and how they tried to make it speed vs. power, even though "in reality I was far quicker AND stronger than he was." Lol.Backlund picked up a 300 lb+ Hulk Hogan in Japan and the Spectrum in 1980 with one arm, so he might be right.

I have no doubt that he's right. Backlund had a powerlifter physique, SBG had a bodybuilder physique aided by chemicals. 



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SBG also use to lift with Arnold and Arnold wasn't a lightweight in the lifting department. Backlund had better pure strength, while SBG had more "timed" strength.



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One of the more interesting tidbits that Backlund discusses is the tension between Inoki and Vince Sr. over how to present him in NY.  Vince Sr. wanted him to come in as a foreign heel like all the others to get his main event run with Backlund, but Inoki wanted to show the footage back in Japan and insisted on coming in as a babyface.  Vince Sr. wanted the relationship with NJPW to work out and conceded, but refused to ever give Inoki his big title shot at the Garden.  Backlund went into great detail talking about the Japan title switch and how NJPW kind of made up the "help-up" title thing themselves thinking that it would get Inoki his match at MSG on the Dec. card that was going to be simulcast in Japan.  But Vince Sr. still refused because his priority was selling out the Garden and he didn't think Inoki would draw, so he booked the "held-up" title match between Backlund and Bobby Duncum instead, with Inoki facing Hussein Arab (Iron Sheik) on the undercard.  Backlund says Vince Sr. was 100% right because even against Sheik during the hostage crisis, Inoki wasn't over that night in NY at all.  Backlund joked that he can't imagine how the Japanese announcers made sense of the title situation to the NJPW fans.  Backlund also mentioned that the title loss in Japan was completely approved by Vince Sr. though, but for years Backlund would pretend it was a screwjob at fan conventions and in shoot interviews just to have fun. 

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Backlund was very streamlined and sculpted while not being overly muscled he was certainly strong as a bull. He was also one of the best conditioned athletes of his time. He was one of my child hood heroes.

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Never understood the love for Inoki. Boring as fuck.



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I think the Wifey ordered this for my birthday. If so, can't wait to read it.



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Frank wrote: Backlund was very streamlined and sculpted while not being overly muscled he was certainly strong as a bull. He was also one of the best conditioned athletes of his time. He was one of my child hood heroes.
Until sometime in 1982, I would agree.  At that point, Backlund stopped weight training and did all cardio and endurance training, and he lost all of his bulk and most of his tone.  What's a shame to me is that had he continued doing what he'd done for the prior 6-7 years, he would have been an extremely interesting guy to have on the card whether as a secondary babyface (considering the touring schedule, he'd have made a lot of cash), or if Vince finally convinced him to somehow turn heel and fight Hogan.



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Backlund went the Karl Gotch route and decided to stop lifting. Worse decision he ever made.



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Superstar wrote: What's a shame to me is that had he continued doing what he'd done for the prior 6-7 years, he would have been an extremely interesting guy to have on the card whether as a secondary babyface (considering the touring schedule, he'd have made a lot of cash), or if Vince finally convinced him to somehow turn heel and fight Hogan.

I wonder if he'd have been up for that, though.  Yes, he did shots in Florida, St. Louis, and Japan as WWF champ, but he seemed to relish living in Connecticut, where most of the WWF territory was driveable for him, where he could get home most nights.  I think the grind of WWF travel in the second half of the 80s would have been a huge turnoff for him. 



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