Rock Region, Birmingham Subregion, Second Round: (6) Nick Bockwinkel vs. (11) Batista

Discussion in 'Rock Region' started by klunderbunker, Mar 25, 2017.


Who Wins This Match?

  1. Nick Bockwinkel

  2. Batista

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  1. klunderbunker

    klunderbunker Welcome to My (And Not Sly's) House

    Jan 8, 2007
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    This is a second round match in the Rock Region, Birmingham Subregion. It is a standard one on one match. It will be held at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.



    #6. Nick Bockwinkel



    #11. Batista

    Polls will be open for three days following a one day period for discussion. Voting will be based on who you feel is the greater of the two competitors. Post your reasons for why your pick should win below. Remember that this is non-spam and the most votes in the poll win. Any ties will be broken by the amount of posts of support for each candidate, with one vote per poster. Assume that the wrestlers are coming in fresh after their first round match.

    Also remember that this is a non-spam forum. If you post a response without giving a reason for your selection, it will be penalized for spam and deleted.
  2. enviousdominous

    enviousdominous Behold my diction

    Jun 28, 2011
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    Yeah, I'm going with the low seed on this one.

    Nick comes from an age where prowrestling was a version of the mafia where you only got the big spots if you were a made man, and he'll be going up against someone who exploded onto the scene and steamrolled made men on his way to the top.

    Verne won't be booking this one, so my vote is for Batista.
  3. tdmoon

    tdmoon Pre-Show Stalwart

    Mar 6, 2014
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    This should be an easy victory for Nick Bockwinkel, one of the greatest heel champions wrestling has ever seen. Bockwinkel had it all; he was a terrific in-ring worker(trained by his father and Lou Thesz), had a tremendous sense of ring psychology and was a brilliant promo with tons of charisma. Other than pure power, Bockwinkel was better than Batista in every way; a better wrestler, a better interview, a better champion and a better career.

    Batista deserves praise for his record 282 day World title reign. It doesn't look as impressive, though, when measured against Bockwinkel's 1,716 day run as AWA World champ or when noting that he held the title nearly three thousand days in his career. Nick Bockwinkel wrestled fantastic matches against the very best wrestlers to have ever stepped into the ring, guys like Gagne, Lawler, Flair, Hennig, Backlund, Hogan, Graham, Hanson and proved to be the equal-or the better-of any of them. Hulk Hogan-shortly before dominating the WWF-couldn't take the title of Bockwinkel, and Dave Batista is no Hulk Hogan.

    Bockwinkel was among the best talkers of all-time; intelligent, articulate and condescending, he was among the most despised wrestlers in the world. He'd thoroughly humiliate and confuse Batista in an interview prior to the match and then go out and do the same in the ring. He was far too smart, far too cunning and far too talented to let The Animal get the best of him in this tournament. He'd wear him down, destroy his legs and finish him with a piledriver for a clean 1-2-3

    If the words of some guy on the internet who you don't know aren't enough to sell you, how about the words of Bob Backlund:
    "Nick had a great head for the game, a wonderful sense of ring psychology, and an uncanny ability to use his intelligence and cockiness to get under the people's skin. He was a terrific representative for the AWA and was the key player in the success of the AWA for a long time." Backlund goes on to say, "He was a very intelligent, well-spoken, and cocky heel, and his in-ring skills were right up there with the very best in the business."

    Or Dory Funk, Jr:
    "One of the best wrestling challengers for the belt. He was very technical, and put a lot of thought into his interviews, his talk, his work in the ring, his persona."

    Chris Jericho:
    "The WWE had recently released an AWA retrospective DVD, and while watching it, I remembered how great a heel Bockwinkel was. He wore suits for all his interviews and used ten-dollar words that went over the average fans' heads, pissing them off markedly. Here was this pompous blowhard using the fancy talk and wearing the fancy suits, claiming to be the best because he was the World Champion, which was the truth."

    Mike Mooneyham:
    "Truly one of the greatest practitioners of the past half century, the charismatic Bockwinkel brought to the game a touch of class as well as a masterful artistry and respect that was passed down by his father, wrestling great Warren Bockwinkel, and his trainer, the legendary Lou Thesz."

    Larry Matysik ranked Bockwinkel the 18th greatest wrestler of all-time:
    "He was an athlete, he could wrestle, and his psychology was second to none."

    Nick Bockwinkel was the epitome of class, one of the coolest yet most hated champions ever. Dude could even rap! No way a legend such as he would suffer the indignity of losing in the second round of a tournament to a guy with a tattoo around his belly button. If all the cretinous humanoids do the right thing, Bock advances here. Vote Bockwinkel.

    "And the pleasure has been all yours.”
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  4. nightmare

    nightmare ...7, 8, Better stay up late...

    May 26, 2010
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    Saying Batista would lose because pre Hulkamania Hogan couldnt beat the Bock is hilarious.

    Dave was a force before his unfortunately timed recent return. A force that in Nick's day would have seen Dave being champ in a few places his opponent here won his. Batista may not have been a superb technician, but he made up for it with his pissed off gorilla strength. He would have done then, just as he did in WWE. He beat some big names and will do so here.
  5. Tastycles

    Tastycles Turn Bayley heel

    Jun 16, 2008
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    I've a lot of time for Bockwinkel, I really do. Unfortunately, wrestling fans are mostly idiots and the raw musclebound brute strength of a guy like Batista will ultimately win out over the sort of cerebral wrestler Bockwinkel was. Bockwinkel thrived in a promotion that let Hulk Hogan go, with someone who understood mass appeal a bit better, Bockwinkel probably wouldn't have done so well. Batista wins.

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