SQUASH of the Week – Diesel vs. Bob Backlund

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Madison Square Garden – November 26, 1994

We’re stockpiling quite of few of these one-sided battles here at WrestleCrap.com, but I believe this is the first where a title – a world championship, no less! – has been decided. And in this case, in less than ten seconds!

In the fall of 1994, Bob Backlund did the unthinkable. He returned to the WWF as a feel good come back story, then did a bizarre heel turn where he seemingly lost his mind and somehow wound up as WWF Champion once again. And let me tell you, he was GREAT in this role. I absolutely loved crazy Bob, seeing this once bland man go completely off his rocker and fill interviews with fifty dollar words that went over the heads of the audience. But this proud championship reign was short-lived, as he ran into a buzzsaw named Diesel.

In their not quite epic encounter, Backlund looked his giant challenger up and down. Sure, this was a big guy, but he’d battled others in the past and lived to tell the tale. If he could successfully depend against Gorilla Monsoon, surely he could top this young whippersnapper!

Well, no. A kick to the gut and a single powerbomb later, it was all over – and Diesel claimed his first (and only, believe it or not only) WWF world title. Nash would hold the title for almost a year before finally dropping it to the guy who Backlund beat, Bret “The Hitman” Hart.

For years, it has been stated that Nash’s title reign was an utter disaster, doing terrible business. Nash himself would disagree in an incredible tell all documentary series with Alex Shelley in TNA. And he even has the charts to prove it!

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9 Responses to "SQUASH of the Week – Diesel vs. Bob Backlund"
  1. Enhancement Talent 3 Mark II says:

    Ha! Those Paparazzi Productions segments were the best part of Impact for a while.

  2. Jerry says:

    A bit of a depressing one. I hope, those will remain exceptions among the fun part of squashes.

    Backlund was a missed chance, even more so when looking at the heel side of the roster in 95. Could have made a nice run, at least into Wrestlemania (and with Taylor-Bigelow main-eventing, they could even have him had retain there again).
    Who knows, maybe even his mock term of “Sports Education” would have stuck.

    On the other hand, having a “New Generation” led by the guy, who came /before/ Hogan, for months would have been just begging for jokes.

  3. thepwbposter says:

    As soon as I read the title of this weeks Squash of the Week I knew it was THAT Backlund match. I love crazy Backlund as not as much of you but I’d say well up there and while I was stoked to see him involved one last time in the WWE it was however at the expense of Darren Young and his path to make him great again (which I do recall being an induction). Sorry Mr. Bucklund, you tried man I still love you.

  4. Thomas Moffatt says:

    Backlund crawled on his hands and knees back to the locker room to help the sell.. I think Crazy Old Mr Backlund still has time to strike… guest lecturer at Chase U…?

    BTW I think the match against Gorilla was where he would DEFEND the title…

  5. Data Science Machine says:

    Forget the “poster and magic marker” complaint – what about the fact that his x-axis was categorical and he used a line graph instead of a bar chart?!?!?!?!?

  6. Mike Strike says:

    What did Backland do to piss Vince off so much anyway?

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