'Ultraviolent' wrestler sentenced for bank robbery

Pictured: An ID photo of Nicholas Wilson (left) and a photo of Wilson as "Nick Gage" from czwrestling.com (right)

May 1, 2011 4:45:05 PM PDT
A professional wrestler turned bank robber is now headed to state prison.

Thirty-year-old Nicholas Wilson received a five-year term for stealing about $3,100 from a PNC Bank in Collingswood last December.

Wilson, who performs under the nickname "Nick Gage," was linked to the December 22nd robbery of a PNC Bank branch at 862 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey.

The former Camden resident was identified as a suspect after wrestling fans recognized him from bank surveillance photos. He later turned himself and pleaded guilty earlier this year

Camden County prosecutors say Wilson handed a teller a note claiming he would shoot her if she didn't give him money. The teller was so traumatized that she soon quit her job, and Wilson was ordered to pay her $150 compensation as part of the sentence imposed Friday.

Wilson has wrestled as "Nick Gage" for Philadelphia-based Combat Zone Wrestling, where he was known for his daring feats in the ring.

Wilson, as Nick Gage, had a profile page on the website for "Combat Zone Wrestling." The site posted a statement reading:

Combat Zone Wrestling, LLC has no direct knowledge of any alleged wrong doings by Nick Gage. We firmly discourage any fans from emulating any of the actions alleged. We also hope that if these accusations are true that Nick will turn himself over to authorities.