Nikita Koloff

Professional Wrestler
Born Mar 9, 1959

Nikita Koloff is a retired American professional wrestler,. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, he wrestled as "The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff, which was a play on the nickname of fan favorite "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes (in fact, it was Rhodes who gave him the nickname). Nikita was brought into the National Wrestling Alliance by his "Uncle" Ivan to prove Soviet superiority.… Read More

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1959 Birth Born on March 9, 1959.


1977 18 Years Old He was a 1977 graduate of Robbinsdale High School where he was an all-conference receiver. … Read More


1984 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Koloff debuted in 1984 with barely any training at the time and won his first match in 13 seconds, with the only edict from Crockett being that should Koloff trip on the ropes, he would be fired on the spot. … Read More
Three months later, on March 18, 1985, Koloff and Ivan defeated Dusty Rhodes and Manny Fernandez to win the NWA World tag team title. … Read More
1986 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In spring of 1986, Koloff started one of the biggest, most anticipated feuds in the history of Jim Crockett Promotions when he attacked NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Magnum T.A.. … Read More
…  On 1987, Krusher, who left WCW for World Wrestling Federation, asked Koloff to join him. … Read More
Koloff lost the NWA TV Title to Mike Rotunda of The Varsity Club on January 30, 1988. … Read More


1989 30 Years Old In late 1989, Koloff wrestling with Verne Gagne's AWA (as a part of a talent share with the NWA) in his native Minnesota. … Read More
1990 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Koloff wrestled continued in the NWA and the AWA for the remainder of the year and the first half of 1990, headlining numerous television broadcasts and Twin Wars '90, the last major event with the AWA under Gagne. … Read More
1991 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Koloff returned to WCW on February 24 at WrestleWar 1991 to attack Lex Luger. … Read More
1992 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Koloff returned to WCW in February 1992, this time as a babyface to save Sting from an attack by the Dangerous Alliance. … Read More


2000 41 Years Old Koloff has written two books: Breaking the Chains (ISBN 1-57090-107-4) in 2000, which is a Christian Living guide and Wrestling with Success (ISBN 0-471-48732-5) in 2004 along with Jeffrey Gitomer, which is a guide to positive thinking in life situations.
2001 42 Years Old He also wrote a book about Christian Wrestlers: Wrestling with God, 2001, by Chad Bonham. … Read More
2003 44 Years Old He made a few appearances for NWA:TNA in 2003 as a masked man called "Mr. Wrestling IV" who attacked Dusty Rhodes. … Read More
2006 47 Years Old On July 15, 2006, Koloff received the Frank Gotch Award from the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame at the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa for contributing to the positive public image of wrestling.
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