The Russian Bear Passes Away

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The 2013 CAC Iron Mike Mazurki Award winner, the “Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff, has passed away at the age of 74 after his battle with liver cancer.

Koloff was the man who famously ended the first championship reign of Bruno Sammartino. Most recently, Koloff was a regular at the Mid-Atlantic Legends Fanfests in Charlotte, NC. It was very obvious to anyone who saw him walk that the business had taken a hard physical toll upon Koloff as he had an obvious bad limp from hip issues dating back to decades of bumping.

The CAC would like to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of a the Russian Bear.

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