Warren Bockwinkel
A promotional photograph of Bockwinkel from the 1950s.
Born(1911-05-21)May 21, 1911
DiedMarch 25, 1986(1986-03-25) (aged 74)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
ChildrenNick Bockwinkel
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Warren Bockwinkel[1]
Billed weight220 lb (100 kg)[2]
Billed fromSt. Louis, Missouri[3]
Debut1934
Retired1957

Warren Bockwinkel (often misspelled Bockwinkle, May 21, 1911 – March 25, 1986) was an American professional wrestler.

Career

Bockwinkel competed in the National Wrestling Alliance and North American regional promotions during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. One of the earliest wrestlers to appear on television, he teamed with many of the top wrestlers of the day including Ray Vilmer, Killer Kowalski and "Classy" Freddie Blassie. Although he never won a world title during his career, he was involved in many high-profile feuds including against Ernie Dusek, Paul Boesch,[4] Sandor Szabo, George Zaharias[5][6] and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz.[7]

He was also the trainer of several wrestlers of the "Golden Age of Wrestling"-era including Wilbur Snyder and, along with Lou Thesz, his son Nick Bockwinkel who would eventually become a major star in the American Wrestling Association winning the AWA World Heavyweight Championship six times during the 1970s and 1980s.

By 1955, he had retired, only coming out of retirement for a match with Hans Schmidt on October 2, 1957. Bockwinkel was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010.[8]

It is said that Bockwinkel wrestled a match in 1983 at 72 years old but is unverified.

Personal life

A personal friend of promoter Lord James Blears, he convinced Blears to allow Nick Bockwinkel to compete in his NWA Hawaii territory[9] and later teamed with his son during the early 1950s.[10] His son, Nick, later acknowledged his father in his induction speeches for the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in 2003 and the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.[11] [12][13]

Death

Bockwinkel died on March 25, 1986.[8][14]

Further reading

References

  1. ^ "Ernie Dusek, Bockwinkle Rassle Tonight". Washington Post. December 5, 1946
  2. ^ "Bockwinkle Battles Olson On Londos-Cox Mat Card". Washington Post. April 3, 1940
  3. ^ "Bockwinkle Engages Golden Terror on Mat Thursday Night". Washington Post. August 4, 1940
  4. ^ Boesch, Paul (1981). "The Career of Paul Boesch – One Man, One Sport, One Lifetime – 53 Years on the Mat". The Wrestling News. Retrieved April 5, 2007.
  5. ^ "'Glamour Boy' Wrestles Tonight". Washington Post. October 24, 1940
  6. ^ "Torrid Mat Foes to Meet In Rematch". Washington Post. October 27, 1940
  7. ^ Bowden, Scott (December 7, 2006). "Kentucky Fried Rasslin': The Beverly Hills Blonde Bomber". Comics101.com. Retrieved April 5, 2007.
  8. ^ a b "Warren Bockwinkel". National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Ohira, Rod (July 24, 2005). "Iaukea reminisces about 50th-state wrestling". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved April 5, 2007.
  10. ^ Zordani, Jim (2004). "Regional Territories: AWA". KayfabeMemories.com. Retrieved April 5, 2007.
  11. ^ "Nick Bockwinkel". Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  12. ^ TMZ Staff (November 15, 2015). "NICK BOCKWINKELWWE Legend Dead at 80". TMZ. Time Warner. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "NICK BOCKWINKEL". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  14. ^ "Warren Bockwinkel". geni.com. Retrieved November 16, 2015.