[Nikita Koloff Gallery]
||Nelson Scott Simpson
||March 9, 1959
||Originally Minneapolis, Minnesota
Billed from Moscow, Russia
||1997: Mandy (Died in 1989)
|Height & Weight:
||6'3" - 275 lbs
||Russian Sickle (Running Clothesline)
NWA World Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff;
NWA United States Heavywieght title;
NWA National Heavyweight title;
NWA Television title;
UWF Television title;
Nelson Scott Simpson 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: Simpson had graduated from college and was looking to enter the NFL..
Simpson moved to Georgia and lived with a friend who just happened to be a pro wrestler with Georgia Championship Wrestling..
Simpson got a call from another friend, Road Warrior Animal, who told him that Jim Crockett Promotions was looking for new wrestlers..
Simpson & Crockett spoke and the eventual outcome was that Simpson was to report to Crockett in early June with his head shaved..
Simpson's impressive structure stood around 6'2", and weighed in at 285 pounds of cut muscle..
Simpson was wet up with veteran pro wrestlers Ivan Koloff and Don Kernoodle..
Simpson (wrestling as Nikita Koloff) became an extremely hated heel for the next two years..
Nikita began receiving death threats, and at The Great American Bash '85, fans actually jumped in the ring, trying to get at him..
1985: Nikita teamed with Ivan (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..
Starrcade 1985: The Rock'N'Roll Express defeated The Russians for the NWA World Tag Team titles..
Nikita loved playing the part, so much so, that he legally changed his name from Nelson Scott Simpson to Nikita Koloff..
February 2, 1986--MoscaMania: Road Warriors defeated Nikita Koloff & Baron von Raschke in Hamilton, Ontario..
1986: Nikita was voted by wrestling fans as the Number One Most Hated Wreslter..
Starrcade 1986: NWA World Champion, Ric Flair, defeated Nikita Koloff by disqualification..
Nikita won the NWA United States Heavyweight title in a heated best-of-seven series with Magnum T.A..
Nikita defeated Wayhoo McDaniel to unify the NWA US Title & NWA National Title..
February 15, 1987--MoscaMania 2: Nikita Koloff defeated Ric Flair by DQ in Hamilton, Ontario..
Nikita was the suprise partner of Dusty Rhodes making him a big time fan favorite!
Nikita and Dusty Rhodes would go on to be known as the Super Powers..
The Superpowers won the 2nd Annual Jim Crockett Senior Memorial Tag Team Tournament Cup..
1987: Nikita's wife was diagnosed with cancer -- Throughout this, Nikita continued to wrestle as he could..
Nikita lost the United States Heavyweight Title to Lex Luger..
Nikita ended up winning the NWA Television Title, as well as unifying that belt with the UWF Televisin title..
1988: Nikita's wife's (Mandy) condition continued to deteriorate, so he took a leave of absence from the NWA..
~~~Nikita spent the remaining time he had with his wife, until she died in 1989..
Nikita eventually returned sporting a crew cut..
Nikita didn't ever enjoy the same success..
November 1992: Nikita Koloff stepped into the ring for the last time, against Big Van Vader..
~~~Vader delivered a powerful clothseline, sending Nikita to the hospital where he was told he essentially had the neck of a 55-year old..
~~~It was here that Nikita Koloff made the decision to retire..
Late 1990s: Nikita considers a temporary return to the wrestling ring but it never happens..
January 15, 2003 - NWA:TNA: Nikita Koloff makes a suprise appearance at the end of the show unmasking himself as Mr. Wrestling IV..
January 22, 2003 - NWA^TNA: Dusty Rhodes asks Nikita to reform the Superpowers but Nikita instead turns on Dusty!
February 26, 2003 - NWA:TNA: Nikita Koloff makes another appearance getting into another fight with Dusty Rhodes..
April 9, 2003 - NWA^TNA: Dusty Rhodes beat 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..