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5. Ivan Koloff

A quick way to get heel heat in the world of Professional Wrestling is to declare your hatred for the United Sates and take on the persona of one of their enemies. More often than not, these performers were not from those countries, but back in the 70’s and 80’s had you told anyone that Ivan Koloff was not really a Russian, it would be hard to find anyone to believe you.

Ivan Koloff played the part of the evil Russian well.With his barrel chest and vicious look, Koloff looked meaner than others who wore the hammer and sickle emblem.Enjoying a long and prosperous career, Koloff racked up titles everywhere he went and has the distinction of being the wrestler who first dethroned Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Championship.If there was anyone who played the part of the evil Soviet wrestler better and longer than Ivan Koloff, we are hard pressed to think of him.


Should Ivan Koloff be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 98.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 1.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Oreal Perras (Real Name)
    Red McNulty
    The Russian Bear
  • Billed From: The Soviet Union (Really from Canada)
  • Key Championships Held: NWA Florida Tag Team (5) (3w/Mr.Saito, 1w/ Nikolai Volkoff, 1w/Pat Patterson)
    NWA Georgia Tag Team (7) (5w/Ole Anderson, 2w/Alexis Smirnoff)
    NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight (4)
    NWA Mid Atlantic Television (2)
    NWA World Tag Team (4) (2w/Nikita Koloff, 1w/Don Kernodle, 1w/Ray Stevens)
    NWA Six Man Tag Team (2) (1w/Nikita Koloff & Khrusher Khruschev 1w/The Powers of Pain)
    NWA United States Tag Team (w/Khrusher Khrushchev)
    WWC Puerto Rican Heavyweight
    WWF World Heavyweight
  • Why they will get in: He held the big strap in the WWF and is widely known and respected.
  • Why they won't get in: With Nikolai Volkoff in, the WWE may feel it has its token “Russian”.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1. Defeated Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship (1/18/71)
    2. Headlined Soldier Field in AWA Title Shot against Verne Gagne (9/1/72)
    3. Defeated Roddy Piper for his first of four Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Titles (4/16/81)
    4. With Nikita Koloff, lost to the Rock and Roll Express in a brilliant match at Starrcade 85 (12/28/85)
    5. Had a face turn which allowed Koloff to finish off his career in the NWA cheered as he feuded with Paul Jones (1988)

Should Ivan Koloff be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 98.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 1.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0.5%
Last modified on Monday, 14 August 2017 17:58
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0 #5 Adam Domo 2017-09-18 21:56
Put him in before he's in a wheelchair or in a hospital bed... he's 74! hurry up
+4 #4 Bob Backlund 2017-01-14 15:47
I have wrestled Ivan many times during my career and he was one of the best ever. He was what wrestlers all should be. He was a pure professional and artist at his trade. I sometimes wonder what is wrong with the McMahon family leaving Ivan out of the WWE Hall of Fame. Without Ivan, I consider it the Hall of Shame.
+3 #3 Justin 2015-03-20 02:47
He is well respected and worked with major stars. He is still alive and doesn't bad mouth the WWE. He seems like a shoe in.
-2 #2 Dale 2014-01-19 21:56
Ivan Koloff should go in for being apart of the business. They put Donald Trump in and he wasn't good so why not. They might put him in because of Nickolai Koloff.
+2 #1 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
He was the guy Bruno put over after 8 years as champ. Not Gorilla Monsoon, Fritz Von Erich, Ray Stevens or any number of top heels. It was Ivan Koloff. If any pre-Vince Jr. WWWF guy deserves it, it's him.

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