This past weekend in Fairhaven, MA, the New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted their class of 2013 honorees, a class that included the Powers of Pain (Warlord and Barbarian), Mr. Fuji, WWE Diva Sunny, Kevin Sullivan, Nelson Frazier (Viscera), and several others.
The induction ceremonies were hosted by WWE legend Howard Finkle and radio host Arda Ocal,
The most recognized promotion in professional wrestling history will be the focal point of a special presentation during the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend. Induction weekend is July 12-13 in Waterloo, Iowa, at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.
The Class of 2013 includes Ric Flair, “Cowboy” Bill Watts, Chris Taylor (posthumously), Edge (Lou Thesz Award), Jim Brunzell (Frank Gotch Award), Matt Hughes (George Tragos Award), and George Napolitano (Jim Melby Award).
Online World of Wrestling is pleased to welcome Nick Bockwinkel into its Hall of Fame! Mr. Bockwinkel had an amazing career and his inclusion into the OWW Hall of Fame is long overdue.
OWW’s radio host Alex Goff wrote this tribute to Mr. Bockwinkel:
During his time in the American Wrestling Association Nick Bockwinkel helped define what it meant to be a world champion. Three times he held their world tag team titles with “The Crippler” Ray Stevens. Managed by the legendary Bobby “The Brain” Heenan this combination showed the world true tag team excellence. Nick also is four-time AWA world heavyweight champion, second only to owner Verne Gagne. Nick Bockwinkel put the word “professional” in Professional Wrestling and was considered by his peers to be an excellent wrestler, with great technical ability, ring psychology, and charismatic promos. In 2007 he was elected president of the Cauliflower Alley Club, a non-profit organization. It is our pleasure to welcome Nick Bockwinkel into the OWW Hall of Fame.