~~~Lumberjacks: “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, IRS (Mike Rotundo), Arn Anderson, Pat Patterson, Tony Garea.
~~~Lumberjacks: Rowdy Roddy Piper, Nick Bockwinkel, Sgt. Slaughter, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and Jerry “The King” Lawler .
Nick Bockwinkel passed away on November 14, 2015 due to declining health.
Robert L. Howell wrote: Nick Bockwinkel and Paul Demarco formed a remarkably well oiled team debuting on Atlanta Wrestling TV program destroying Jim Wilson and Bob Armstrong. Bick and Paul went on to defeat Alberto Torres and The Professional. drew with The Professional and The Challenger. won by DQ against Joe Scarpa and The Professional and eventually lost the 1st round of the Georgia Tag Team tournament to The Professional and The unmasked Challenger Bobby Shane. Their swan song was a defeat by The Professional and El Mongol who demolished Bockwinkels leg in order to avenge Nicks injuring Mongol the night before with a figure four leglock. Mongol was bandaged but half crabbed Nick into Submission. Nick had bragged before the match over being the only man to make El Mongol concede. Bockwinkel and Demarco replaced The Assassins who were on suspension in Japan at the time as the #1 Georgia heel tag team. They were described by announcer Ed Capral as working like a machine.
1970: Nick Bockwinkel defended the GA TV title against Assassin II (Hamilton) on Atlanta Wrestling TV. The Assiasins pulled a switch and Hamilton won the title. This match was an exchange for Assassin 1 (Renesto) defending The GA Heavyweight Title against Bockwinkel the next week. Nick won the title and had the TV title returned when the NWA reviewed the tape thus becoming the only man to ever hold both titles at once. A record no one broke.
In 1970 on Atlanta Wrestling TV: Bockwinkel survived a wild attack form the bell and a backslide to slam Armstrongs throat into the ropes and follow with a back and under suplex to win. Then in 1972 at the Atlanta City Auditorium: Armstrong and Bockwinkel went over 45 minutes in one of the best main events in Atlanta history when Armstrong electrified the crowd nailing Bockwinkel with an Elbow Smash off the second turnbuckle to win. In a rematch Bockwinkel was DQed.
The July 24 1970 match in which Bockwinkel won the GA title was the result of a split decision in a prior match in which one referee had declared Bockwinkel the winner and another Demarco. Demarco had won a tournament on Atlanta TV beating Bobby Shane and El Mongol (Mongol by refs decision) to win a shot at Nicks TV title Nick wanted the match to be at The City Auditorium where it would draw a big crowd and the match was set for a GA Heavy weight title match. Another match between Nick and Paul resulted in Nick either jumping or being thrown over the top rope resulting in another disputed decision. on the 24th with the title held up Nick won and settled the matter but his team with Demarco was no more.
December 6, 1934 - November 14, 2015
Originally: St. Paul, Minnesota Moved to Los Angeles, California
Height and Weight
5'10" 265 lbs
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