Bob Backlund is a legend in the pro wrestling industry. He experienced success as both an adored hero and a loathed villain in a WWE career that spanned three decades. But there’s a funny story on why he was kicked off WWE television.

On a recent episode of “The Kurt Angle Show,” Kurt Angle recalled a hilarious infamous segment that he believes ultimately led to Backlund being taken off TV. The segment happened on the March 20th, 2000 edition of “WWE Raw,”

“[Bob] was supposed to put the crippler crossface on [Chris Benoit] while he was sitting, and Bob didn’t want to do it because he wasn’t standing up.”

“I looked back [at the writer] like, ‘Holy sh*t,'”

Angle also said that despite being told countless times that the segment was live, Backlund forgot and thought they could reshoot what he perceived to be a pre-taped segment. Even though the segment was chaotic, and Backlund’s removal from television made sense to Angle, he remained complimentary of his former manager.

“When Bob went and did that, they just went, ‘We’ve had enough of Bob Backlund, we’re gonna move on.'”

“Don’t get me wrong, Bob was fun to work with. I loved him.”

Backlund’s last appearance on WWE television was in 2017 when he was asked by Darren Young to be his life coach and Backlund agreed, vowing to “Make Darren Young Great Again”. The storyline fizzled and they were released months later. Probably in the future he’ll make another appearance.

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Andre Porter

Andre is a news writer at Ringside News and its sister site Thirsty For News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 1999. He has been to plenty of Raw and Smackdown television tapings and various WWE PPVs including Wrestlemania. Andre is a graduate of The University of Arts back in 2009 with a BFA in Multimedia. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker and Triple H. Outside of his writing for the two sites Andre is a fan of film, traveling, comics, and all Philadelphia sports. *** John Cena follow him on Twitter***

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