• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (November 14, 2015) – Old School Wrestling Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2015, we lost Old School Wrestling Legend Nick Bockwinkel at the age of 80 due to undisclosed causes.
Nick Bockwinkel had a triple bypass heart surgery 8 years before his death.
Bockwinkel is remembered for being a 4 time AWA World Heavyweight Champion, holding the belt for a total of 2990 days!!!
In 2007, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his former manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
† REST IN PEACE NICK BOCKWINKEL
December 6, 1934 – November 14, 2015
• Roman Reigns Discusses Fans Turning On Seth Rollins
During a recent edition of WWE’s “After The Bell” podcast with Corey Graves, “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns appeared as a special guest and discussed fans turning on former Universal Champion Seth Rollins after his feud with The Fiend.
Below are the highlights:
On what it means for him to be the locker room leader:
“For me, I just lead by example and that goes for everything such as the way you carry yourself. You know the deal – don’t sweat the little stuff. You sell in the ring but not outside of it, especially the backstage stuff.
I just try to make everything look easy so everyone’s like, ‘Yeah man, Uce [Roman] is doing it. Uce is knocking it out. This is a rough travel day but Uce is sitting over there with his shades on chilling and listening to his music.’
Keeping a level head when times get tough…There’s a few different things you can do through your experience and through your example.”
On fans turning on Seth Rollins after feud with The Fiend:
“We’ve talked very briefly but just the way with our travel, it’s really separated us. We’re both out to conquer but we have to hold it down for our respective sides. With Seth, he knows what to do. He knows what to do in the ring and how to carry himself. It’s just a matter of riding it out.
This is a situation where sometimes it’s, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ You just have to go out the next night and kill it and continue to kill it. That’s all that matters – just bust your a$$ and work hard.
The cream always rises to the top and that’s something [John] Cena told me a long time ago. Don’t go out there and stink it up. Have a good match and at the end of the day our fans are passionate, but they have respect for what we do.
Seth is a pro wrestling guy and he’s never going to go anywhere. He’s always had the dream of WWE and a little bit of a roller coaster isn’t gonna scare him away.”
On what he looks forward to after accomplishing almost everything in WWE:
“If me and Seth ever have a big match and there will be a point where we hit a big double down late in the match – we’re both laid out and selling and you can feel the energy. Those are the moments you chase.
We both hear this amazing response and it makes it all so worth it. The addiction to the reaction is where I’m at now and just continuing to pay back the locker room and the company that’s done so much for me.
If there’s a way to help out younger talent or bring anybody up, we should always be doing that. Just being able to create new Superstars and push this product even further and show different sides what we do within our genre of entertainment. And continue to blow things up with FOX – that’s where I’m at nowadays. Just help out wherever I can.”
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