Nick Bockwinkel, R.I.P. - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Nick Bockwinkel, R.I.P.
by

Former professional wrestler Nick Bockwinkel has passed away at the age of 80 of complications of Alzheimer’s.

Bockwinkel played football at the University of Oklahoma when a knee injury derailed his career. Instead, he followed in his father Warren’s footsteps and he became a professional wrestler in 1954 beginning a career that would last more than three decades.

Bockwinkel is best known as the four time American Wrestling Association (AWA) World Heavyweight Champion. Based in Minneapolis, the AWA was run by Verne Gagne, the man who he first beat for the title 40 years ago this month, who also passed away earlier this year.

For most of his wrestling career, Bockwinkel wrestled as a heel and defended the AWA title against the likes of Greg Gagne, Jim Brunzell, Hulk Hogan, Billy Robinson, Wahoo McDaniel, Crusher, Dick The Bruiser and Baron Von Raschke. By his final run as AWA champion he had become a fan favorite and feuded with the late Curt Hennig and Larry Zbyszko. When I was a kid we would get AWA programming from the ABC affiliate in Duluth. His promos stood out because he rarely yelled and used 50 cent words to rile up the fans especially when he called them “cretinous humanoids” often in tandem with his longtime manager Bobby Heenan. Check out the video above.

Sign Up to receive Our Latest Updates! Register

Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://spectatorworld.com/.

Be a Free Market Loving Patriot. Subscribe Today!

Stop the Inflation Grinch From Stealing Christmas!

That’s right, the Grinch (Joe Biden) is coming for your pocketbooks this Christmas season with record inflation. Just to recap, here is a list of items that have gone up during his reign. 

Gas: 40%+
Beef: 20%+
Used Cars: 20%+
Lodging: 17%
Eggs: 13%

What hasn’t increased? The cost to subscribe to The American Spectator! For a limited time, we are offering our popular yearly subscription for only $49.99. Lock in the lowest price of the year by subscribing today

The Grinch Stole Christmas Sale
Commander-in-chief of Christmas inflation