NWA (Florida) Tag Team titles w/ Ivan Koloff defeating Jack Brisco and Jerry Brisco (August 7, 1980);
NWA (Mid-Atlantic) Tag Team titles w/ Chris Markoff defeating Dewey Robertson and Johnny Weaver (June 27, 1981);
Mid-South Wrestling North American Heavyweight title defeating Magnum T.A. (October 24, 1983 – Unrecognized);
WWF Tag Team titles w/ The Iron Sheik defeating Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham (March 31, 1985);
WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Hall of Fame Inductee (April 2, 2005);
In the Beginning:
Josip Peruzovich was born in the town Split, Croatia and did Judo.
Getting into the Business:
1968: Nikolai Volkoff wrestled his first professional match ever against “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino.
Nikolai Volkoff became an official United States citizen in 1970. He fled his native country at 19 and chose his wrestling character to educate Americans about the evils of communism, which he calls “the worst shape of capitalism.”
Pittburgh Territory – The Mongols:
1970: Nikolai Volkoff began his career as a member of the Mongols, wrestling as “Bepo” with “Geeto” managed by Lou Albano.
June 18, 1971: Bruno Samartino and Dominic Denucci defeated The Mongols to win the WWWF International Tag Team titles.
July 2, 1971: The Mongols defeated Bruno Samartino and Dominic Denucci to reclaim the WWWF International Tag Team titles.
September 14, 1970: Bepo Mongol wrestled the Living Legend Bruno Samartino to a draw in Madison Square Garden.
November 12, 1971: Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler defeated The Mongols to unify the International and World Tag Team titles.
The Mongols fought in Bruno Sammartino’s Pittsburgh territoryuntil Nikolai Volkoff’s superior ability called him back to New York.
World Wide Wrestling Federation:
March 14, 1974: Nikolai Volkoff fought WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino to a one hour draw at Madison Square Garden.
Steve wrote: I am writing from Ohio and saw a date under Nikolai Volkoff that needs to be corrected. It should read March 4, 1974, instead of March 14. I remember this date very well because Strongbow fought a grudge match against Lou Albano on the same card. The TV interviews given by Blassie prior to the Volkoff-Bruno match were some of his best as he had Nickolai crush an apple and he also carried around an oak-tag tombstone.
Nikolai Volkoff teamed with manager Fred Blassie to take on Bruno Sammartion and Chief Jay Strongbow.
~~~The significance of this match is that it was Fred Balssie’s last match as an active wrestler on the East.
Fitness model and WWE “Diva of the Decade” Trish Stratus
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