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Bobby Duncum

    

Real Name - Robert Eldon Duncum Sr.

Birthdate - 8/14/44

6'3" 250 lbs. - Austin, TX


Athletic Background - Football (West Texas State / NFL)

Teacher(s) - The Funks

Professional Background - Amarillo(`66-`72), AWA(`67), Dallas(`69) Florida(`69), Florida(`71-`72), All Japan(`73), Georgia(`73-`75), SECW(`74), Florida(`74-`75), WWWF(`74-`75), AWA(`75-`79), Kansas City(`76), St. Louis(`77-`78), Toronto(`77-`78), Florida(`78), Hawaii(`78), WWWF(`79-`80), Mid-Atlantic(`80-`81), SWCW(`80-`81), New Japan(`81), CWA(`82), AWA(`82-`83), Kansas City(`83), Florida(`83), New Japan(`83-`84), AWA(`85), CWA(`86)

AliasesLord Robert Duncum, Spoiler II, The Mummy

Groups - Gary Hart’s Army, Heenan Family, Commonwealth Connection

Peak Years - `71-`79


Finisher(s) - 

- Sleeper

- "Texas" Bulldog


Favorites -

- Backbreaker

- Overhead Forearm

- Toe Kick

- Knee to Gut

- Punch


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set6
 Science2
 Aerial2
 Power7
 Strikes6


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment7
 Selling7
 Bumping7
 Carrying6
 Heat7
 Legacy6


Place in History - Bobby Duncum is one of over a dozen wrestlers who played football at West Texas State.  Unlike most, he was drafted into the NFL and played there as well as the CFL.  When he finished up with pro ball, Bobby Duncum was inducted into pro-wrestling by the Funks like so many others.  He soon went on the road, gaining seasoning and turning heads.  In Florida and Georgia, Bobby Duncum was working with top talent and began refining his version of the Texas roughneck heel.  Some curious parallels to Stan Hansen can be drawn.  The similar backgrounds aside, both were these cowboy types with shaggy blond hair who spouted promos with a rap that seemed almost antithetical to their characters.  Bobby Duncum’s accented delivery with “lemme tell ya what,” “ya unnastan?” and “pardner” peppering his fast-talking interviews certainly got him over.  And a man with his size and athleticism never went unnoticed by a McMahon, so Duncum was soon brought to New York to feud with Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF title.  Those battles in the mid-70s essentially made "Big, Bad" Bobby Duncum's career in pro-wrestling.  Like Hansen and Bruiser Brody, a rivalry with Bruno gave him exposure in the magazines and convinced promoters of his value.  He headed to Minneapolis, where he enjoyed his greatest success.  As a member of Bobby Heenan's Family and teaming with Blackjack Lanza and later Ken Patera in a team known as the “Black n’ Blue Express,” Duncum was featured star in arguably the premier pro-wrestling territory.   He bounced around familiar places feuding with and teaming with Killer Karl Kox in Florida, feuding with Bob Backlund in New York, touring Japan and even becoming the Mummy in the Southwest Texas.  While Duncum had success, his reputation as a free spirit probably prevented him from achieving the level of success as Hansen and Brody who were serious businessmen.  Duncum slowed down in the early 1980s and missed out on the big boom.  While his legacy was not spoiled by years of hanging on too long, his absence from the scene led to fans forgetting about him.  His son, Bobby Duncum Jr., was a chip off the old block.  A former football player who took to pro-wrestling and its wild lifestyle as quickly as his father had.  Unfortunately, Junior is best known for his painkiller-related death in 2000.  Big, Bad Bob Duncum is one of the forgotten stars of the 1970s, but as a reliable heel who could do anything he needed to and as a result worked in most of the top territories and main evented in most of them as well.

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