Bockwinkel headliner at 2009 Tragos/Thesz HOF ceremony
By JOYCE PAUSTIAN - For SLAM! Wrestling
WATERLOO, Iowa - Although Friday started out with strong storms in the Waterloo area, the rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the many wrestlers and fans that converged there this weekend for the annual George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame stories inductions. Near-tornado like winds brought down many tree limbs, causing the cancellation of the celebrity golf tournament. Most people didn't seem to mind, however, as the introductions went on as planned, and participants enjoyed an early steak dinner and conversation inside.
July 13, 2009: Full story
Top CAC award goes to top CAC man Nick Bockwinkel
By GREG OLIVER - SLAM! Wrestling
LAS VEGAS -- Wrestling is a worked business, and sometimes the workers have to work each other, even when it's the Cauliflower Alley Club president Nick Bockwinkel receiving the industry's top award.
The CAC's board of directors went to great lengths to pull off one of the great schemes in wrestling history -- presenting Bockwinkel with the Iron Mike Mazurki Award without him knowing.
Apr. 16, 2009: Full story
Emotions run high at WWE HOF
By CHRIS SCHRAMM - SLAM! Wrestling
DETROIT - Rowdiness, cursing and blood are put aside for one night every year when the WWE holds their annual Hall of Fame ceremony. Saturday night's event at the Fox Theatre allowed for legends to thank the fans for the fans to show their appreciation back.
Apr. 1, 2007: Full story
Bockwinkel addresses WWE HOF induction
By RYAN NATION - SLAM! Wrestling
Nick Bockwinkel will add one more accolade to his storied wrestling career on March 31st: WWE Hall of Famer. The former AWA World Heavyweight Champion discussed his upcoming induction into the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame via telephone with SLAM! Wrestling last week from his Las Vegas home.
Mar. 13, 2007: Full story
World champs still reign supreme at fanfest
By STEVEN JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling
PRINCETON, NJ - Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. If the testimony of four former world heavyweight wrestling champions is any indication, the body is not very steady, either.
A quartet of immortals came together Saturday as Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Harley Race, and Nick Bockwinkel brought a combined 30-plus years of championship reigns to a wrestling reunion in suburban New Jersey.
Aug. 29, 2004: Full story
Winnipeg's greatest match
By CYRUS - Winnipeg Sun
When you ask many fans over thirty-five about the greatest wrestling match ever held at the Winnipeg Arena, you tend to get a large proportion saying the same thing: Ric Flair vs. Nick Bockwinkel. This was an AWA match where the Gagnes brought in NWA World Champion Flair, then at the apex of his greatness, for a title match with then AWA World Champion Bockwinkel and it has taken on legendary status in the Manitoba wrestling scene.
July 11, 2004: Full story
Curtain closes on Winnipeg Arena
By TAMMY MARLOWE - Winnipeg Sun
When the spotlight dims on the WWE Smackdown! event at the Winnipeg Arena this week, the curtain will also close on more than half a century of wrestling history at the celebrated "old barn." "I remember fond memories of my dad taking me when I was seven or eight years old and watching the Nick Bockwinkels and Mad Dog Vachons of the world," said Don (Cyrus) Callis, who grew up in Winnipeg and wrestled in the WWF under the moniker The Jackyl. "It was a really great place to be. It was always a really great building to be in."
July 4, 2004: Full story
Hall of Fame grows some more
By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling
SCHENECTADY, NY - The feeling around the third annual Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night was most definitely one of
growth, that something truly magical is starting to build and build as the
roster of inductees swells.
Again and again, the wrestlers being honoured got up and talked with
heartfelt appreciation for the dedication of the PWHOF people and the
beginnings of a solid foundation for the long-term preservation of
professional wrestling history.
May 9, 2004: Full story
2nd-gen grapplers reflect on their Dads
By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling
The pro wrestling world is full of second-generation wrestlers. Young
men following in their father's footsteps into battle in the squared
Each got into the profession in their own way, but their stories are
remarkably similar and have a common theme: Wrestling's in their blood,
they grew up watching and didn't really ever think about doing much
June 15, 2000: Full story