Nick Bockwinkel: ‘Legendary Pro Wrestler’ Passes Away At Age 80

Updated: November 16, 2015
Nick Bockwinkel: Legendary Pro Wrestler Passes Away At Age 80

Nick Bockwinkel, one of the great antagonists and technical performers in professional wrestling history, passed away on Saturday night at the age of 80.

Nick Bockwinkel was known for his great in-ring skills and intelligent interviews. He began his wrestling career in the mid-1950s.

One of his crowning achievements was beating another wrestling legend, Verne Gagne, to win the AWA world title in 1975. That win ended Gagne’s seven-year reign as champion.

Current wrestler Paul (Triple H) Leveque paid his respects on Twitter.

While in the AWA, Bockwinkel was managed by another WWE Hall of Famer, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. The two of them became the most hated pair of their generation. It helped that he called himself “The Smartest Wrestler Alive.”

Nick Bockwinkel will go down as one of the all-time greats and he cemented his legacy with the induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

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