WWE Hall of Famer Nick Bockwinkel Passes Away: Its Been A Hard Year for Hall Of Fame Losses

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What a year 2015 has been. We’ve lost 4 WWE Hall of Famers, all of different ages, generations and all tragic in their own ways.

We started with Verne Gagne, who was suffering from dementia and Alzheimers (We all remember his inculpable killing of a 99 year old man with a throat choke a few years back)

Dusty Rhodes then tragically and surprisingly passed away at 69. His loss will be felt and reverberate through all the future generations of NXT talent.

Roddy Piper was somehow next. At the still young age of 61 (not in wrestling terms, but in real life terms) Piper succumbed to heart disease, something which plagued athletes, wrestlers and anyone who over extends themselves to that degree.

And finally and most recently we lost, Nick Bockwinkel. Bockwinkel might be the least known to the average viewer of the greats we lost this year. Yet, his presence and historical significance is unmatched.

Here is an article I wrote about Nick two years ago.

Bockwinkel will always stand as just as good, or if not even a little better than Ric Flair. If he had been 10 years younger, he could have and probably would have been Ric Flair. He had the ability. the charisma and the just over all talent to do it.

This one, like all the rest, are really bummers.

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Verne Gagne Passes Away

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WWE.com is reporting that former AWA owner and promoter Verne Gagne has passed away at the age of 89. Verne had been in an assisted living facility for over five years and suffered from dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, which led to his death,

Verne Gagne is one of the most prolific promoters in history and one of the few old timers who tried to give Vince McMahon a run for his money in the 1980s. ┬áThe AWA continued all the way until 1991, when it shut its doors forever. He eventually joined the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, with him graciously accepting the award, all the while saying ” I haven’t joined the Vince McMahon club”

Verne has been used many times in this blog as an example of a wrestler type which doesn’t exist anymore, with our reference to Uncle Verne. He really looks like your uncle doesn’t he. I, for one, will still celebrate our fun uncle…

Balding Uncle Superstar Verne Gane

Balding Uncle Superstar Verne Gagne

We will all miss the personality and the toughness of Verne Gagne. I will do a full breakdown on Verne in the next few weeks, in the meantime enjoy some of the man: Verne Gagne.