Nick Bockwinkel - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Nick Bockwinkel, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Nicholas Warren Francis Bockwinkel was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 6, 1934.

He died on November 14, 2015 at the age of 80.

Nick Bockwinkel was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 as an individual, in the NJPW Hall of Fame in 1990 as part of the NJPW Greatest 18 Club wing, in the NWA Hall of Fame in 2016 and in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) in 2003 as part of the Modern Era wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Nicholas Warren Francis Bockwinkel
  • Ring Names
    • Nick Bockwinkel ( September 3, 1954 - December 1, 1995)
    • Dick Warren ( March 21, 1958 - May 26, 1959)
  • Born December 6, 1934
  • Died November 14, 2015 (aged 80)
  • Nationality Nationality: United StatesUnited States
  • Birth Place St. Louis, Missouri
  • Billed From
    • Beverly Hills, California
  • Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
  • Weight
    • 240 lbs (109 kg)
  • Nicknames The Smartest Man in Wrestling

Career History

  • Roles
    • Commissioner ( January 27, 1994 - December 1, 1995)
    • Part Time Wrestler ( December 16, 1990 - May 23, 1993)
    • Producer ( November 17, 1987 - December 31, 1989)
    • Wrestler ( September 3, 1954 - November 16, 1987)
  • Companies / Promotions
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW January 27, 1994 December 1, 1995
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF November 16, 1987 December 31, 1989
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW August 21, 1987 September 17, 1987
    Promotion American Wrestling AssociationAWA December 5, 1970 August 2, 1987
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA September 3, 1954 May 7, 1987
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW November 23, 1985 December 12, 1985
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW July 8, 1983 December 12, 1984
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW December 1, 1978 December 11, 1980
    Promotion IWE November 4, 1974 November 23, 1974
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Heel September 3, 1954 May 23, 1993
  • Images
    Dec 1970
    Dec 1970
    Sep 1954
    Sep 1954

  • Finishers
    • Piledriver ( September 3, 1954 - May 23, 1993)
    • Sleeper Hold ( September 3, 1954 - May 23, 1993)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song "Raise High the Roof" by Jeff Rose & Richard John Parfitt - Single ( January 27, 1994 - December 1, 1995)
    • Theme Song "Thug" by ZZ Top - Single ( January 1, 1983 - August 2, 1987)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame
    • WWE Hall of Fame - Year 2007, Individual
    • NJPW Hall of Fame - Year 1990, NJPW Greatest 18 Club
    • NWA Hall of Fame - Year 2016, Individual
    • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) - Year 2003, Modern Era
  • Titles Won

    American Wrestling Association

    • 4 AWA World Heavyweight Championship
    • 3 AWA World Tag Team Championship (with Ray Stevens)

    50th State Big Time Wrestling

    • 2 NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship (with Bobby Shane)
    • 2 NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii version)

    American Wrestling Alliance

    • 1 NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) (with Wilbur Snyder)

    Championship Wrestling from Florida

    • 1 NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (with Ray Stevens)

    Continental Wrestling Association

    • 1 AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship

    Georgia Championship Wrestling

    • 2 NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship
    • 3 NWA Georgia Television Championship

    North American Wrestling Alliance / Worldwide Wrestling Associates

    • 2 International Television Tag Team Championship (1 with Édouard Carpentier, 1 with Lord James Blears)
    • 1 NWA International Television Championship

    NWA San Francisco

    • 2 NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) (with Ramón Torres)

    Pacific Northwest Wrestling

    • 2 NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship
    • 2 NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship (1 with Nick Kozak, 1 with Nick Kozak/Buddy Mareno)

    Western States Sports

    • 1 NWA World Tag Team Championship (West Texas version) (with Ricky Romero)

    World Class Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
  • Other Accomplishments
    • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction (class of 2009)
    • Cauliflower Alley Club's Iron Mike Mazurki Award (2009)
    • PWI Stanley Weston Award (2007)
    • PWI Tag Team of the Year (1973 – with Ray Stevens)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame induction (class of 1996)

Relations

  • Tag Teams & Stables
    • Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens - Ray Stevens ( March 27, 1985 - June 19, 1987)
    • Mr. Saito & Nick Bockwinkel - Martin Burns, Masa Saito / Mr. Saito ( July 13, 1984 - April 28, 1985)
    • The Heenan Family - Bobby Heenan, Bobby Duncum, Ken Patera ( April 11, 1982 - December 2, 1982)
    • Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens - Ray Stevens ( October 12, 1980 - June 6, 1981)
    • Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens - Ray Stevens ( September 11, 1971 - December 11, 1976)
    • Lord Blears & Nick Bockwinkel - Lord James Blears ( September 16, 1964 - January 9, 1965)
    • Lord Blears & Nick Bockwinkel - Lord James Blears ( April 18, 1962 - August 28, 1963)
    • Nick Bockwinkel & Nick Kozak - Nick Kozak ( October 22, 1963 - May 30, 1964)
    • Warren Bockwinkel & Nick Bockwinkel - Warren Bockwinkel ( October 12, 1954 - February 5, 1957)
  • Managers Bobby Heenan

Nick Bockwinkel Game Appearances

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