The wrestling world has lost a great one. WWE Hall of Famer Nick Bockwinkel passed away on Nov. 14 due to health issues. He was 80 years old.
Wrestling legend Nick Bockwinkel died on Nov. 14 at the age of 80. He was suffering from undisclosed health issues before his untimely death. Nick was a WWE Hall of Famer and a four time AWA World Heavyweight Champion.
Nick’s career began in the 1950s. He was trained by his father, Warren, and wrestling legend Lou Thesz. His manager was the famous WWE Hall of Famer Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Most of his career success happened during his time with the American Wrestling Association.
He was dubbed the “Smartest Wrestler Alive.” He notoriously beat fellow WWE Hall of Famer and AWA legend Verne Gagne to win the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. This was an incredibly upset. Verne had held the title for seven years before Nick beat him!
Nick married second wife Darlene in the early 1970s. He has two daughters from his first marriage. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2009, Nick underwent triple bypass heart surgery.
Our thoughts go out to Nick’s family during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson