UPDATE: WWE issued a statement on the passing of former NWA president and wrestling promoter Bob Giegel. Giegel passed away earlier today. He was 90 years old.
You can read WWE’s statement below:
“WWE is saddened to learn that Bob Geigel, legendary wrestler and promoter, passed away Thursday at age 90.
Inside the squared circle, Geigel captured multiple championships as part of the National Wrestling Alliance. Beyond in-ring competition, he also acted as NWA’s president for nearly a decade.
WWE extends its condolences to Geigel’s colleagues, family and friends.”
ORIGINAL: 1970s Central States promoter Bob Geigel passed away today at the age of ninety. Slam! Sports reports that Geigel passed away following a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Geigel began as a wrestler in 1942 and competed in the ring up into the 1970s, retiring in 1976. In 1963 he began promoting in the central states area, working out of Kansas City. He renamed the territorial promotion the Heart of America Sports Attractions ran it until 1986 when he was bought out by Jim Crockett Promotions. He also served as president of the National Wrestling Alliance from 1978 to 1987.
On behalf of everyone here on the website, we send our condolences to the family, fans and friends of Mr. Geigel.