Former WWE world champion and Hall of Famer Bob Backlund recently joined the Camel Clutch Blog and Pro Wrestling Radio to discuss his new book, the WWE Network not featuring his WWF title matches, and why he thinks Hulk Hogan should have been fired 30 years ago. Here are the highlights.
On why he thinks Hulk Hogan should have been fired 30 years ago:
“When you’re champion and you’re telling kids not to do this and not to take this drug and not to take that drug and I don’t hate him, I don’t dislike him, I respect what he did in the ring but I don’t respect that he was telling kids not to do those things and he would go and do them himself. You have to stand up and you have to walk to walk or you’re not the man. You don’t walk the walk, that’s the most important thing about being WWF champion or any champion at all. You can’t be lying to kids and expecting them not to do it and you’re going out and doing the same things you’re asking them not to do. That’s the reason. I like all of the wrestlers, I don’t like the things some of them do.”
On the WWE Network not featuring his WWF title matches, only putting a handful on the network:
“They might get over. They were good matches, they were solid matches, and people could get into this. It might catch on. They might be worried about that. I don’t know, again I was the guy who said “no” so that may be the reason too.”
You can listen to the entire interview here: