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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2007 10:39 pm
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beejmi wrote: 5/27/77 St Louis
WWWF Champion Superstar Billy Graham beat Bob Backlund COR

Backlund's first WWWF title match. Interesting that it is held on a non-WWWF card (perhaps to "protect" Backlund)

Seems thrown together by Muchnick rather than having anything to do with the WWWF.  At that point he had only appeared on a few WWWF TV in 6-man matches or against jobbers.  He was actually still an AWA regular more than a WWWF regular and not really getting pushed there either.  In fact up until this point, St. louis is the only place that Backund has been pushed.  Going through these results, it seems like he was given some chances higher on the card in tag teams in Florida, but as a singles competitor he was strictly the guy who would go out there and warm up the crowd with a 20-minute draw as one of the first 3 matches on the card everywhere he went.   Except in St. Louis where he was  given main events seemingly out of nowhere.  I don't know if maybe Vince Sr. told Muchnick to book it to see what kind of match they could have together, possibly but I'm thinking no.

Last edited on Tue Nov 13th, 2007 10:43 pm by srossi

This thread was great before AA ruined it.