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Nick Bockwinkel Net Worth

Nick Bockwinkel Net Worth is
$500,000

Nick Bockwinkel Biography

Born Nicholas Warren Francis Bockwinkel on the 6th December 1934, in St. Louis, Missouri USA, Nick was a professional wrestler best known to the world for competing in the American Wrestling Association from 1970 until 1987, during which he won the World Heavyweight Championship four times, and World Tag Tea Championship three times. Nick passed away in 2015.

Have you ever wondered how rich Nick Bockwinkel was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Bockwinkel’s net worth was as high as $500,000, an amount earned through his successful career as a wrestler, which was active from the ‘50s until 1987. During his career, Nick became famous for some of his wrestling moves, which include cobra clutch, body slam, arm drag, and Indian deathlock, among others.

Nick Bockwinkel Net Worth $500,000

Nick was the son of professional wrestler Warren Bockwinkel and his wife, Helen, née Crnkovich, of part-Croatian ancestry. After finishing high school, Nick enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, from which he received a football scholarship. He played for the Oklahoma Sooners, however, a knee injury put an end to that possible career, and also he lost his scholarship.

Nevertheless, he still found himself in sports, only it was wrestling. He was trained by his father initially, then joined by Lou Thesz. In the early years of his career, Nick tagged alongside his father, then debuted as a solo act when he was 16 against his trainer Lou Thesz., Nick slowly became more experienced, and it was in 1963 that he won his first solo major title.

He fought against Tony Borne for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship, and continued quite successfully, winning several other titles in Hawaii and California, and so boosting his net worth.

In 1970 he became part of the American Wrestling Association (AWA), and remained with it until his retirement in 1987. In his early years at AWA, he was a part of a tag team with Ray Stevens and Bobby Heenan, who was his manager at the time. While being teamed with them, Nick won the AWA World Tag Team Championship title three times. His first singles title came in 1975 when he defeated Verne Gagne, and for the next 1716 days he held the title. In order to defend it, he fought against numerous wrestlers, including Billy Robinson, The Crusher, Mad Dog Vachon, Dick the Bruiser, Tito Santana, Otto Wanz, Jim Brunzell, and Hulk Hogan.

However, he lost it to the one from whom he won it; Verne Gagne defeated Nick on the 19th July 1980, and then announced that he planned on retiring from wrestling. As a result, Nick was given back the title on the 19th May 1981. Fans were furious by this decision, which made Nick one of the most hated wrestlers at the time. Nick lost his title the following year to Hulk Hogan, but after the AWA President Stanley Blackburn changed the outcome of the match, the title remained in his hands. After the bout with Hogan, Nick fought against Otto Wanz and lost the match and the title, but just two months later regained it. He lost the title again in 1984 to Jumbo Tsuruta, and then in 1987 won for the fourth and last time. He didn’t even fight for the title, as Stan Hansen, then Heavyweight Champion didn’t appear for the match, and as a result Nick was declared the new champion. However, he lost it again, this time to Curt Hennig, and retired later that year.

Nick didn’t leave wrestling for good; he served as road agent for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and was also a color commentator. He made a brief return to the ring in 1993 for World Championship Wrestling (WCW), fighting against Dory Funk Jr. Furthermore, he was the commissioner with Yoshiaki Fujiwara of the Japan Pro Wrestling Promotion, but the promotion soon folded.

His last engagement in wrestling was as the President of the Cauliflower Alley Club, a position he held until 2014, when he left the wrestling association for good due to health problems.
Back in 2007 he was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame by Bobby Heenan.

Regarding his personal life, Nick was married to Darnele Hampp from 1972 until his death. Previously, he was married to Susan Tranchitella from 1957 until 1967, with whom he had two daughters.

In 2007 he underwent triple bypass heart surgery. In his last years he suffered from dementia, apart from experiencing heart issues. He passed away on the evening of the 14th November 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was cremated and there was a memorial mass held at St. Jospeh Croatian Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri seven days after his death.

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Quick Facts

Full NameNick Bockwinkel
Net Worth$500,000
Date Of BirthDecember 6, 1934
DiedNovember 14, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Place Of BirthSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
Height1.78 m
Weight109 Kg
ProfessionProfessional wrestler
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma
NationalityAmerican
SpouseDarlene Hampp (m. 1972–2015), Susan Bockwinkel (m. 1957–1967)
ParentsWarren Bockwinkel
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Bockwinkel
MoviesWWE: Bobby The Brain Heenan, Wrestling Gold: Vol. 5: Beat Me If You Can
TV ShowsAWA All-Star Wrestling, WCW WorldWide, WWE: Bobby The Brain Heenan, Wrestling Gold: Vol. 5: Beat Me If You Can


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1WWE Hall of Famer.
2Former Commissioner of WCW In 1994.
3In May 2003, he was elected to the professional Wrestling Hall Of Fame.
4Notable Title wins include: NWA Georgia Heavyweight title; AWA World Tag Team with Ray Stevens (3); AWA World Heavyweight Title (4)
5Nick teamed with his famous father Warren Bockwinkle during the early stages of his career.
6Made a guest appearance on Television's The Monkees.
7Was among the longest-lived "heel" (i.e. "bad guy") world champions in a major pro wrestling organization.
8Won $1,300 and a new kitchen on a late 1960s episode of the Hollywood Squares.
9Professional wrestler, 1950s through 1980s.
10Three-time American Wrestling Association (AWA) World Tag-Team Champion with Ray "The Crippler" Stevens. Four-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion. Won first AWA title by defeating Verne Gagne, ending his Bockwinkel second reign as AWA champion was Was a member of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's "Family."


Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Best of the WWF Volume 141987VideoNick Bockwinkel
Hawaii Five-O1969TV SeriesHarry
The Monkees1967TV SeriesShah-Ku Strong Man #1

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
WWE Smackdown!2015TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
WWE Raw2015TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Ruff Tuff and Real: Legends of Australian Wrestling2007Video thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
WWE Raw2010TV SeriesHimself
NWA Wrestling Showcase2008TV SeriesHimself
NWA/Pro Wrestling Revolution: Future Legends2008VideoHimself
Ruff Tuff and Real: Legends of Australian Wrestling2007VideoHimself
WrestleMania 232007TV SpecialHimself
WWE Hall of Fame 20072007TV SpecialHimself
The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA2006Video documentaryHimself
The Great American Bash1995TV MovieHimself
WCW World Championship Wrestling1995TV SeriesHimself
Clash of the Champions XXVIII1994TV MovieHimself
WCW SuperBrawl IV1994TV MovieHimself
WCW Slamboree 19931993TV MovieHimself
WWF Prime-Time Wrestling1988TV SeriesHimself - Commentator
SuperClash II1986TV MovieHimself
AWA: WrestleRock1986VideoHimself
Superclash '851985TV MovieHimself
WWF on NESN1985TV SeriesHimself
Pro Wrestling USA1984-1985TV SeriesHimself
World Pro Wrestling TV1984TV SeriesHimself (1984)
WCW Worldwide Wrestling1975TV SeriesHimself (1978-1979)
The Wrestler1974Himself
World Wrestling Federation1973TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1968TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
AWA All-Star Wrestling1960TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History2013VideoHimself
WWE: Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan2010VideoHimself
WWE: Top 50 Superstars of All Time2010VideoHimself
Breaking the Code: Behind the Walls of Chris Jericho2010VideoHimself
WWE: History of the World Heavyweight Championship2009Video documentaryHimself
Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series2009VideoHimself
The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect2008VideoHimself
Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection2008VideoHimself
The Most Powerful Families in Wrestling2007VideoHimself
Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology2006VideoHimself
The Bret Hart Story: The Best There Is, the Best There Was, the Best There Ever Will Be2005Video documentaryHimself
The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection2003VideoHimself
Wrestling Gold Vol.1: Busted Open!2001VideoHimself
Wrestling Gold Vol. 2: The Maim Event2001VideoHimself
Wrestling Gold Vol. 4: No More Mr. Nice Guy2001VideoHimself
Wrestling Gold Vol. 5: Beat Me If You Can2001VideoHimself
The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Halloween Havoc1994TV MovieWCW Commissioner
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