Born Steve Simpson
, MN in 1959, Nikita Koloff
is a retired American Professional Wrestler
who was a top Foreign Wrestling Heel
in the mid-1980s. He debuted in 1984 and was introduced as "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff
just arrived from the Soviet Union. He would compete primarily for National Wrestling Alliance
promoter Jim Crockett in the Carolinas and for WCW
, with side trips in "Cowboy" Bill Watts' Mid-South/UWF promotion and in the AWA
until he retired in late 1992. Among his in-ring achievements, he was a 1x NWA National Heavyweight Champion
, a 1x NWA United States Heavyweight Champion, an NWA (Mid-Atlantic) 6-Man Tag Team Champion
, a 2x NWA (Mid-Atlantic) World Tag Team Champion
and a 1x NWA World Television Champion
. He was inducted into the NWA Hall of Fame in 2008.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"The Super Tropes of the Soviet Union":
- Antagonist in Mourning: His initial Heel-Face Turn in 1986 was due to Magnum T.A.'s career-ending car accident.
- Arch-Enemy: The Road Warriors, Magnum T.A., Lex Luger, the Four Horsemen, Sting, Vader
- Badass Mustache
- Bald of Evil/Bald of Awesome: Depending on his heel/face alignment at the time.
- Bash Brothers: Ivan Koloff, Krusher Khrushchev, Dusty Rhodes, Sting
- Chain Pain/Chained by Fashion: His Weapon of Choice
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His strength was regularly noted by announcers, as he was hyped as the "Super-Athlete of the Soviet Union."
- Commuting on a Bus: After initially walking away from wrestling in 1988 to care for his wife, Mandy, who was dying, and ultimately did die, of cancer, he showed up again in WCW in early 1991 and was gone by the Fall. He returned in 1992 as an ally of Sting against the Dangerous Alliance and stuck around until Vader sent him into retirement following their match in October at Halloween Havoc.
- Dirty Communists/Glorious Mother Russia/Mother Russia Makes You Strong
- Do Not Call Me Paul: His legal name is "Nikita Koloff."
- That Man Is Dead: Once said in a wrestling magazine, "Steve Simpson, hey, that guy was a loser."
- Expy: Sometimes called "The Russian Road Warrior."
- Goldberg was often compared to Koloff, due to his no-selling and squash-heavy style.
- Finishing Move: The Russian Sickle (running clothesline)
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: One of the best of his era.
- Gimmick Matches: Russian Chain Matches, both of the pinfall rules variety and the drag-your-opponent-around-all-four-corners variety.
- Just a Stupid Accent/Guttural Growler
- No Sell
- Power Stable: Eddie Gilbert's the First Family
- Made a couple of appearances for TNA as the masked "Mr. Wrestling IV" aligned with Vince Russo's Sports Entertainment Xtreme group, attacking former nemesis/ally Dusty Rhodes in 2003. He later unmasked and helped Rhodes before returning to retirement.
- Pro Wrestling Headband
- Real Song Theme Tune: Used Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" in the AWA.
- Religious Bruiser: Is a born-again Christian and, in retirement, has co-promoted religious wrestling events with Ted DiBiase.
- Squash Match: This was essentially how he got over as a monster, running in and splattering guys in 15 seconds or so.
- Tag Team: The Russians, with Ivan and either Kortsia Korchenko or Krusher Khrushchev (Barry Darsow).
- The Superpowers, with Dusty Rhodes.
- Wrestling Monster: At his best.