Face Off Vol. 7- Old School 101
Bob Backlund. Terry Funk. Face Off Vol 7: Old School 101.
It has taken the braintrust of RF VIDEO over a full decade to get Backlund to sit down for a shoot interview. We were told by everyone that he would never, under any circumstances, do a shoot style interview for anyone. Backlund is as old school as you can get and a true legend in the wrestling business. We just knew that if we could get into that brain of his we could unlock so many wonderful stories and get the answers to some long asked questions. Persistent as a Mississippi blood hound hot on the scent, we continued faithfully in our attempt to score the interview coup of 2009. Finally, we broke through…
Our 15 years of unrelenting badgering, Bob Backlund agreed to sit down with us. However, there was one condition. Bob wanted to share the spotlight with a man he considered his mentor in the wrestling business. Enter the one and only Terry Funk. You could have picked our jaws off the floor as not only were we getting the exclusive first interview with Bob Backlund, but he would be walking down memory lane with the incomparable Terry Funk. And to put the cherry on top of the sundae, this would be the first time the two had seen each other since Backlund’s days in Japan!
The interview/reunion starts off with a bang as we cover Bob’s days working the Texas territory before moving up to New York to work with Vince Sr. The boys discuss the territory system and debate whether or not it could exist in today’s environment. It was exhilarating being in the middle of a conversation with two of the smartest men in wrestling as they talk about the pros and cons of the WWF and NWA formulas.