Monday, November 16, 2015

RIP Nick Bockwinkel

Over the weekend the wrestling industry lost a true legend when Nick Bockwinkel passed away on November 14, 2015 at 80 years of age.

Now Bockwinkel is one of those guys that I knew more by reputation through the magazines, etc. than I did first-hand. Once I did finally get to see Mr. Bockwinkel in the ring I knew that everything I heard was absolutely true. By all accounts he was the consummate professional as well. Just being in the same room with him at the NWA Legends Fanfest in ATL was a huge moment. He walked by me a couple of times and I could not believe that I was sharing space with him. The thing that struck me the most was the he seemed...happy. I an industry that chews up and spits out far too many of its contributors that was nice to see.

Honestly, I don't know what else to say other than in an industry where the term "legend" is tossed around lightly, Nick Bockwinkel was the real deal and he as class personified.  He will be missed.  Thoughts and prayers go out to his family as well. 

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