Nikita Koloff

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Title History

  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Six Man Tag Team titles w/Don Kernodle & Ivan Koloff defeating The Freebirds (August 1984);
  • NWA World Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Manny Fernandez & Dusty Rhodes (March 18, 1985);
  • NWA World Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff defeating Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson (October 13, 1985);
  • NWA United States Heavyweight title defeating Magnum T.A (August 17, 1986);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Heavyweight title defeating Wahoo McDaniel (September 28, 1986);
  • NWA World Television title defeating Tully Blanchard (August 17, 1987);
  • UWF (Mid South) Televison title defeating Terry Taylor (November 26, 1987);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

  • A young Nelson Scott Simpson always dreamed about being a professional football player..
  • Due to several injuries and a small twist of fate, he ended up becoming a professional wrestler..
  • 1984: Nelson Scott Simpson graduated from college and was looking to enter the National Football League..

Getting Into The Business:

  • Scott Simpson moved to Georgia and lived with a friend who just happened to be a pro wrestler with Georgia Championship Wrestling..
  • Scott Simpson got a call from Road Warrior Animal, who told him that Jim Crockett Promotions was looking for some new wrestlers..
  • Scott Simpson spoke spoke with Jim Crockett and he reported to Jim Crockett Promotions in early June with his head shaved..
  • Scott Simpson’s impressive structure stood around 6’2″, and weighed in at 285 pounds of cut muscle..

National Wrestling Alliance:

  • Scott Simpson (as Nikita Koloff) was paired up with veteran heel pro wrestlers Ivan Koloff and Don Kernoodle for two years..
  • Nikita Koloff began receiving death threats, and at Great American Bash 1985, fans actually jumped in the ring, trying to get at him..
  • 1985: Nikita Koloff teamed with Ivan Koloff (as The Russians) and won the NWA World Tag Team titles on two separate occasions..
  • September 28, 1985 – AWA SuperClash: The Koloffs & Krusher Khruschev beat The Crusher & Dick the Bruiser & Baron Von Raschke..
  • November 28, 1985 – Starrcade 1985: The Rock’N’Roll Express defeated The Russians to win the NWA World Tag Team titles..
  • Nikita Koloff loved playing the part so much, that he legally changed his name from Nelson Scott Simpson to Nikita Koloff..
  • February 2, 1986–MoscaMania: The Road Warriors defeated Nikita Koloff & Baron von Raschke in Hamilton, Ontario..
  • 1986: Nikita Koloff was voted by wrestling fans as the #1 Most Hated Wrestler..
  • November 27, 1986 – Starrcade: NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated Nikita Koloff by Disqualification..
  • Nikita Koloff defeated Magnum T.A in a Best-of-Seven Series to win the NWA United States Heavyweight title..
  • Nikita Koloff defeated Wahoo McDaniel to unify the NWA United States Title and the NWA National Heavyweight Title..
  • February 15, 1987–MoscaMania 2: Nikita Koloff defeated “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair by DQ in Hamilton, Ontario..

National Wrestling Alliance:

  • Nikita Koloff was the surprise partner of babyface Dusty Rhodes making him a big time fan favorite!
  • Nikita Koloff & Dusty Rhodes would go on to become known collectively as the Super Powers..
  • The Superpowers won the 2nd Annual Jim Crockett Senior Memorial Tag Team Tournament Cup..
  • 1987: Nikita Koloff’s wife was diagnosed with cancer — Throughout this, Nikita continued to wrestle for the NWA..
  • Lex Luger defeated Nikita Koloff to capture the NWA United States Heavyweight title..
  • August 17, 1987: Nikita Koloff defeated Tully Blanchard to win the NWA Television Title..
  • November 26, 1987: Nikita Koloff defeated Terry Taylor to unify the NWA TV and UWF TV Title..
  • 1988: Nikita Koloff’s wife’s (Mandy) condition continued to deteriorate, so he took a leave of absence from the NWA..
  • ~~~~Nikita Koloff spent the remaining time he had with his beloved wife, until she died in 1989.

World Championship Wrestling:

  • Nikita Koloff eventually returned to in-ring action sporting a crew cut but didn’t ever enjoy the same success..
  • November 1992: Nikita Koloff stepped into the ring for the last time, against WCW powerhouse Big Van Vader..
  • ~~~Vader delivered a powerful clothseline, sending Nikita to the hospital where he was informed of a neck injury..
  • ~~~It was here that Nikita Koloff made the decision to retire from the world of professional wrestling..
  • Late 1990s: Nikita Koloff considered a brief return to the wrestling ring but it never happened..

Retirement & Total Nonstop Action:

  • January 15, 2003 – NWA:TNA: Nikita Koloff made a surprise appearance at the end of the show unmasking himself as Mr. Wrestling IV..
  • January 22, 2003 – NWA:TNA: Dusty Rhodes asked Nikita Koloff to reform the Superpowers but Nikita instead turned on Dusty!
  • February 26, 2003 – NWA:TNA: Nikita Koloff made another appearance getting into another fight with Dusty Rhodes..
  • April 9, 2003 – NWA^TNA: Dusty Rhodes defeated Brian Lawler in a Ladder match with help from Nikita Koloff!!!!
  • July 15, 2006: Nikita Koloff was given the “Frank Gotch Award” at the International Wrestling Museum Hall of Fame in Newton, Iowa..
  • March 15, 2008–MACW: Buff Bagwell defeated Rikki Nelson by reverse decision with Nikita Koloff getting involved
  • May 16, 2008–Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling: Rick Steiner (w/Nikita Koloff) defeated Bobby Eaton…