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Nikita Koloff

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[The Russians] [Superpowers]

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…



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Trained By

Eddie Sharkey




March 9, 1959


Originally Minneapolis, Minnesota
Billed from Moscow, Russia





275 lbs

Finishing Move(s)

Russian Sickle (Running Clothesline)

Favorite Move(s)

Notable Feuds

Lex Luger
Ric Flair
Dusty Rhodes
Tully Blanchard