TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY… FEB 20th: Backlund wins the Belt

DATELINE: FEB 20, 1978 – NEW YORK, NY


Bob Backlund defeats Superstar Billy Graham to win the WWWF Championship.

Graham, who had held the belt for 296 days, had one foot on the bottom rope at the conclusion of the match. However, the referee didn’t see it, and made the three-count anyway.

Except for a one-week title reign by Antonio Inoki, Backlund would hold the WWWF championship for the next five years, before losing it to the Iron Sheik in 1983.


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