Nikolai Volkoff

  • Born: 10/14/1947 in Socialist Republic of Croatia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • Birthname: Josip Hrvoje Peruzović
  • Height & Weight: 6'4", 313 Ib
Titles Won:
  • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2005)
  • WWF Tag Team Championship – with The Iron Sheik
  • WWWF International Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Geto Mongol

He was a Yugoslav-born American professional wrestler who was best known for his performances in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Although the Volkoff character was often portrayed as a villainous Russian, Peruzović originated from Croatia.

In the 1970s, he was Bepo of the Mongols tag team, one of the masked Executioners and feuded with Bruno Sammartino over the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship as Volkoff. In the 1980s, he was known for teaming with The Iron Sheik, with whom he won the WWF Tag Team Championship at the inaugural WrestleMania event, and later with Boris Zhukov as The Bolsheviks. In 1990, he turned face and embraced America, briefly feuding with Zhukov and newly-turned Iraqi sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter. In 1994, after a hiatus, he returned as a destitute and desperate character, exploited by Ted DiBiase as the first member of his Million Dollar Corporation.

Notable Feuds

vs. Bruno Sammrtino

vs. Bob Backlund

vs. Corporal Kirchner

w/ The Iron Sheik vs. Jim Duggan

vs. Sgt Slaughter

Other Notable Achievements

NWA Florida Tag Team Championship – with Ivan Koloff

NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship

NWF World Tag Team Championship – with Geeto Mongol

MCW Hall of Fame (Class of 2009)

NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship – with Chris Markoff

Mid-South North American Championship

New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2013

NAW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

NCW Heavyweight Championship

NWA World Tag Team Championship (Detroit version) – with Boris Volkoff

UWA Heavyweight Championship

WWWA Heavyweight Championship

WWA Heavyweight Championship