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Nick Bockwinkel

Name: - Nick Bockwinkel
Height: - 5'10 (178cm)
Weight: - 241lb (109kg)
Born: - December 6, 1934
From: - St. Paul, Minnesota
Trained by: - Warren Bockwinkel, Lou Thesz
Debut: - 1955
Retired: - 1987

Died: - November 14, 2015
Finisher: - Piledriver
Also known as: - Rudy Diamond, Dick Warren, The White Phantom

Toured Australia; 1966, 1967

Recognised as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Spent his early career in Washington and Oregon, wrestling a lot as "Rudy Diamond" Moved to Los Angeles in 1960, winning the International TV Tag titles on 2 occasions. .Came to Australia in the mid-60s as an upper-card face. as a main-eventer in Georgia in 1970-71, wrestling Dory Funk Jr. for the NWA World title. Moved to AWA in 1972, firstly as tag partner of Ray Stevens, then as a top individual wrestler. Was 4-time AWA World champion, defeating Verne Gagne and Otto Wanz, and being awarded the title two more times. Son of wrestler Warren Bockwinkel. Wrestled the first ever AWA vs WWF title match in 1979, against Bob Backlund. Was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. 

Titles held: - AWA World Hwt (4), AWA Southern Hwt, Georgia Hwt (2), Hawaii US Hwt, Pacific Northwest Hwt (2), Hawaiian Hwt (2), Georgia TV (3), Beat the Champ TV (2), AWA World Tag (3, w/ Ray Stevens), NWA World Tag (San Francisco) (2, w/ Ramon Torres), NWA World Tag (Texas) (w/ Ricky Romero), WWA International TV Tag (2, w/ Ed Carpentier, w/ Lord Blears), Florida Tag (w/ Ray Stevens), Pacific Northwest Tag (2, w/ Nick Kozak, w/ Buddy Moreno), Hawaiian Tag (w/ Bobby Shane)

Credit: Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia, Libnan Ayoub's 100 Years of Australian Professional Wrestling
Photo credit: Unknown

Bockwinkel as the AWA Champion