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Face Off Vol. 7- Old School 101

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Item Number: 00686

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… RF VIDEO has once again made history by putting together two of the biggest names in professional wrestling history in one incredible DVD. Not since chocolate met peanut butter has a combination been better and more enjoyable to the human condition. Two world heavyweight champions whose names transcend the sport. Who rise above the WWF/NWA civil war-like mentality of wrestling fandom. 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.
 
We know our fans want to get into the Way Back Machine, and we had Backlund and Funk talk about all the big names of the past including Bruiser Brody, Dusty Rhodes, Eddy Graham and Florida, Verne Gagne, Sam Mushnick, Bruno Sammartino, John Studd BlackJack Mulligan, Andre the Giant, Don Muraco, Sgt Slaughter, George Steele, and Greg Valentine. That's just a sampler of the many superstars they reminisce about. For the first time ever, Bob talks openly about his legendary title loss to the Iron Sheik and the decision to put the strap on Hogan. This led into a wild discussion by both men on Hogan, as well as the steroid and drug problem in wrestling, that is worth the price of the DVD itself.
 
We talked to Bob about his infamous heel turn and what it was like to work with Bret Hart.  Terry Funk also talked about Bret as well, and his famous retirement show with the Hitman that was shown in the movie Beyond the Mat. We asked Bob about Superstar Billy Graham's comments about him being paranoid and not selling in his matches with Backlund and wait until you hear what Terry Funk has to say about that topic. Talk about opening up a can of worms!  We talk about how Backlund went to Vince and why he wanted to turn heel. What happened with Kevin Nash and Bob behind the scenes in the WWE and why did Bob lose respect for Big Sexy? Anything and everything is covered in this once in a lifetime shoot. We even got Terry Funk to talk about his induction into the Hall of Fame!

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(8 Ratings, 8 Reviews) Average Rating:
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Backlund/Funk
Disappointed (NYC) 9/16/2012 10:40 PM
I was looking so forward to watching this video as Backlund was one of my heroes when I was kid. I like Funk too but I grew up with WWF. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this interview. As other reviewers indicated, Funk did most of the talking. Although he had a lot of interesting things to say, I really purchased this DVD for Backlund. Also, during the course of the interview, the interviewer got up a few times to, I think, answer the door. Not sure. It was distracting to the wrestlers and to me, the viewer. Finally, most of all, I thought the questions were weak. I thought they were very general. The comparisons between old and new schools of wrestling is a common question and I am interested in this as a topic, however, I really wanted to hear more behind the scenes stuff from their careers. For Backlund, I would like to have known if that program with one of Moondogs on TV that ended with the large group of children entering the ring was planned or spontaneous. What was his relationship with Bruno? Were there ever any plans to have them face off in the ring, a la Bruno vs Morales? How about Skaaland throwing in the towel during the Iron Sheil match? What did he think of his match against Flair in the Omni? Were there any plans that he knew of to have him drop the belt, to maybe Snuka for example? I can go on and on. It was a lost opportunity. I don't mind the name association, however, we know that nothing negative will be said. I mean, what is he going to say about Greg Valentine? I hate the guy because____? Of course not! Those type of questions are softballs that will be answered in a positive professional manner, even if not accurately reflective of their opinions. That's my 2 cents.
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Classic Old School
Matthew Ruiz (Bronx, NY) 2/22/2011 2:46 PM
RF Video has done it again with another classic interview with 2 legitimate legends and world champions! Terry Funk, former NWA World Heavyweight Champion and Bob Backlund, former WWF World Champion get together for the first time and give their true opinions on the wrestling business from the 70's to now! Terry Funk does talk more during this interview, however he knows what he's talking about, he's well spoken, articulate and he makes sense. He's been in the business for over 4 decades. Funk talks about his great career and which started in his father's Texas territory, then Florida and the NWA where he became World Champion. Backlund also talks about getting started In Texas as well, Backlund is quick to acknowledge Funk as his mentor in the business. Backlund and Funk talk about how the business has changed and how TV made that possible. Funk talks about how MMA has taken wrestling fans away from wrestling. Funk talks about his liking for MMA. Backlund talks about certain points in his career, such as leaving the WWF in 84 and why, becoming champion in 94 and turning heel and his problem with Kevin Nash when losing the belt. He enjoyed being Mr. Backlund and he speaks highly of Vince McMahon Sr. RF Video needs to do a one on one interview with Bob Backlund, that would be big. Funk and Backlund give great stories from their careers, this was a great interview.
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Great shoot with two Legends
Bradley Bingham (McKee, KY) 7/8/2010 1:27 AM
It was great to hear from Backlund and Funk really fun to watch if you love wrestling buy this DVD.
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Please Get Backlund One On One
(Unknown) 5/8/2009 2:43 PM
Bob Backlund was one of my heroes as a kid in the late 70s/early 80s. Before I learned the art of being a great heel was something to admire, Backlund was the guy I looked up to as far as wrestling goes. I think the guy gets a raw deal as far as respect from a historical aspect. The accusations that his cards had to be padded to draw(I saw plenty of 'padded' cards before and after him), or he didn't draw at all(every card I went to in Phila or saw on cable from the Garden was jammed), to that he sucked on the mic (this one is unfortunately true LOL), he gets little respect. The guy wrestled his heart out, was a true role model for kids, was able to shoot, and when put in the ring with someone decent(Patera, Valentine, Hansen, Patterson, Muraco, etc) was able to wrestle for 60 minutes or have an intense brawl when needed. Some of his cage matches and 3 match series were some of the greatest matches I've seen. Just because the WWF would throw him guys like King Kong Mosca and Killer Kahn every other month wasn't his fault LOL. Anyway, back to the DVD....I was thrilled to finally see a shoot interview with the man. Terry Funk was an added bonus, but my only critique of the DVD was that Funk talked all over Backlund. Funny, but this is more like a Funk shoot with guest commentary from Backlund. As a Backlund fan, I REALLY want to see him interviewed alone for a decent 2-3hr shoot. There are tons of questions for the guy.....name association with all of his opponents, how did he feel about having to attack Skaaland when he tuned heel, was it his idea to have Graham destroy the original belt, and does he think crying over it on TV ruined is status with the fans, is it true Graham had to blade him in their 2nd rematch at the Garden, etc, etc. I know he's apprehensive to do a solo shoot, but if you can pull it off, I'm dying to see it. Otherwise, this is a great DVD for the simple reason that it's the only shoot with Backlund so far, so I'd recommend it.
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More Backlund less Funk
belding (Unknown) 5/12/2009 3:55 AM
Bob Backlund makes you cry. He's way too good for this business. Wish he stretched Nash.
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