Nikolai Volkoff

American professional wrestler

Josip Nikolai Peruzović (14 October 1947 – 29 July 2018) better known by his ring name, Nikolai Volkoff, was a Yugoslavian professional wrestler who was best known for wrestling with World Wrestling Federation. Although the character he played was portrayed as Russian, He actually came from Croatia and has a mixed background that was not entirely Russian. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Jim Ross.

Nikolai Volkoff
Nikolai Volkoff in 2008.
Born(1947-10-14)October 14, 1947
SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
DiedJuly 29, 2018(2018-07-29) (aged 70)
Glen Arm, Maryland, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Nikolai Volkoff
Bepo Mongol
Boris Breznikoff
Billed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Billed fromMoscow, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Trained byStu Hart
Debut1967

Volkoff died on July 29, 2018 at the age of 70 just days after being released from a hospital in Glen Arm, Maryland where he had been treated for dehydration.[1]

ChampionshipsEdit

Volkoff held many championships during his professional wrestling career:

  • Championship Wrestling from Florida
    • NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (one time) - with Ivan Koloff
  • Georgia Championship Wrestling
    • NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
    • NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (one time) - with Chris Markoff
  • Mid-South Wrestling
    • Mid-South North American Championship (one time)
  • Northeast Championship Wrestling (Tom Janette)
    • NCW Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • NWA Detroit
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (Detroit version) (one time) - with Boris Volkoff
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • He was ranked as #136 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
    • He was ranked as #96 of the 100 best tag teams of the "PWI Years" with the Iron Sheik in 2003.
  • Universal Wrestling Association
    • UWA Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • World Wide Wrestling Alliance
  • WWWA Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • World Wrestling Association
    • WWA World Tag Team Championship (two times) - with Angelo Poffo (one) and Boris Volkoff (one)
  • World Wrestling Association (Larry Sharpe)
  • WWA Heavyweight Championship (one time)

ReferencesEdit

  1. "WWE HALL OF FAMER NIKOLAI VOLKOFF PASSES AWAY (UPDATED WITH CAREER RETROSPECTIVE)". Retrieved 2018-07-29.

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