As Drew Koscelek posted earlier this morning, WWE Hall of Famer and AWA Champion Nick Bockwinkel sadly passed away at the age of 80. Bockwinkel was a great champion and quite possibly one of the greatest heels of wrestling, ever. WWE has released a statement regarding the passing of Bockwinkel, which reads as follows:
WWE is saddened to learn that Nick Bockwinkel, a WWE Hall of Famer and former four time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, has passed away at age 80.
Bockwinkel, known for his great in-ring skill and intelligent interviews, began his sports entertainment career in the mid-1950s after concluding his time on the University of Oklahoma football team. Bockwinkel was trained by his famous father, Warren Bockwinkel, and wrestling legend, Lou Thesz. Nick teamed with his father on many occassions, competing in Georgia, Texas and the Pacific Northwest before moving on to the where he would find…
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