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Forgotten Legends6: Nick Bockwinkel

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Considered by his peers and experts to be an exceptional wrestler in terms of wrestling ability and ring psychology and with the ability to cut an eloquent promo, he was one of the faces of AWA/NWA having won over 29 titles.

He also fought in a AWA-WWWF inter promotion title unification match with Backland which ended in double count out. He is however mostly known for St Paul Screwjob (Yes, Montreal Screwjob had a precedent) where Hulk Hogan pinned him for the championship but the decision of the referee was reversed, one of the reasons why Hogan moved to WWF.

Having never wrestled for WWE he never would get the due recognition for his 32 year career.
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Nick Bockwinkel is one of those wrestlers in a group with people like Jerry Lawler, Austin Idol, Tommy Rich, Bruiser Brody, Chris Adams, Wahoo McDaniel, Jesse Ventura, Larry Hennig and Sgt Slaughter who are forever overlooked because they worked in places like AWA, WCCW, USWA and in Memphis rather than spending the peak of their career in WWE or NWA/WCW and never had as much exposure. Just because they didn't have the same kind of exposure though doesn't mean they were not just as good, if not better, as a lot of the top guys in WWE and NWA/WCW because they really were and AWA in particular was a great company for breeding wrestlers and moulding their in ring work.

During the height of AWA it was Nick Bockwinkel who was at the forefront of everything at or around the top of the card as their World champion which was also a championship that up until around mid 1990 was recognized as a legitimate World title putting paid to people who claim Curt Hennig was never a World champion. During his time in AWA Nick Bockwinkel feuded with everyone who walked through the doors from Hulk Hogan, Jerry Lawler, Curt Hennig and Verne Gagne himself to Saito, Jumbo Tsuruta and Mad Dog Vachon who is better known these days for Shawn Michaels using his fake leg as a weapon in his match against Diesel at In Your House: Best Friends, Better Enemies in 1996.
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