[Nikolai Volkoff Gallery]
[The Mongols Gallery]

Wrestler: Nikolai Volkoff
Real Name: Josip Peruzovic
Birthday: October ??, 1947
Hometown: Possibly born in Split, Croatia
Lived in Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Billed from Moscow, Russia
Moved to Baltimore, Maryland
Marital Status: Married
Height & Weight: 6'4" - 315 lbs
64 inch chest
23 inch biceps
Trained by:
Debut: 1968
Previous Gimmicks: Bepo Mongol
Finishing Move: The Russian Bear Hug
Favorite Moves: Body Slam
Notable Feuds: Jim Duggan
Corporal Kirchiner
Hulk Hogan
Sgt Slaughter
Kenny Casanova

  • WWWF International Tag Team titles as Beppo Mongol w/Geeto Mongol (2 - 1970);
  • NWA (Detroit) World Tag Team titles w/Boris Volkoff;
  • NWA (Georgia) Heavyweight title defeating Toru Tanaka (August 1975);
  • NWA (Florida) Tag Team titles w/Ivan Koloff (August 7, 1980);
  • NWA (Mid-Atlantic) Tag Team titles w/Chris Markoff (June 27, 1981);
  • Mid-South Wrestling North American Heavyweight title (October 24, 1983);
  • WWF Tag Team titles w/Iron Sheik managed by Freddie Blassie;

  • 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 "Beppo" with "Geeto" managed by Lou Albano..
  • June 15, 1970: The Mongols defeated Victor Rivera & Tony Marino to win the WWWF International Tag Team titles at MSG..
  • June 18, 1971: Bruno Samartino & Dominic Denucci defeated the Mongols for the WWWF International Tag Team titles..
  • July 2, 1971: The Mongols defeated Bruno Samartino & Dominic Denucci to recapture the WWWF International Tag Team titles..
  • September 14, 1970: Nikolai Volkoff (as Beppo) wrestled the Living Legend Bruno Samartino to a draw in MSG..
  • November 12, 1971: Luke Graham & Tarzan Tyler defeated The Mongols to unify the International & World Tag Team titles..
  • The Mongols fought in Bruno Sammartino's Pittsburgh territory until 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 the 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 & Chif Jay Strongbow..
  • ~~~The significance of this match is that it was Fred Balssie's last match as an active wrestler on the East..
  • Nikolai Volkoff wrestled under a mask with Big John Studd & Killer Kowalski, as the masked Executioners..
  • The Executioners (John Studd & Killer Kowalski) won the WWWF Tag Team titles from Tony Parisi & Louis Cerdan..
  • October 26, 1976: The Executioners use a third member (Nikolai Volkoff) in a match and the titles are declared vacant..
  • Nikolai Volkoff continued with the WWWF in N.Y. and fought in Louisianna, Georgia, Florida and Japan..

    World Wrestling Federation - Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik:
  • 1984: Nikolai Volkoff was called back to the WWF by Vince McMahon, Jr. as part of the expansion takeover..
  • February 18, 1985 - War to Settle The Score: Nikolai Volkoff beat Swede Hanson..
  • Nikolai Volkoff formed arguably the greatest Tag Team combinations of all times with the Iron Sheik..
  • Nikolai Volkoff's trademark was that he insisted that the crowd rise for the singing of the Russian National Anthem before every match..
  • March 31, 1985 - Wrestlemania I: Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik defeated The US Express to win the WWF Tag Team title in MSG..
  • May 11, 1985 - SNME: Mike Rotundo, Barry Windham, & Ricky Steamboat beat Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, & George Steele..
  • August 28, 1985 - Michigan State Fair: The British Bulldogs beat The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff..
  • October 5, 1985 - SNME: Hulk Hogan pinned Nikolai Volkoff in a "flag" match to retain the WWF title..
  • November 7, 1985 - Wrestling Classic: Dynamite Kid defeated Nikolai Volkoff in a matter of seconds in the 1st round..
  • January 4, 1986 - SNME: Nikolai Volkoff pinned Cpl Kirschner in a "Peace" match..
  • April 2, 1996 - Wrestlemania 2: Corporal Kirchner defeated Nikolai Volkoff..
  • November 29, 1986 - SNME: Koko B. Ware pinned Nikolai Volkoff..
  • Fred Blassie (retiring) sold the contracts of Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik to WWF newcomber, "The Doctor of Style" Slick..
  • March 27, 1987 - Wrestlemania III: The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff over The Killer Bees by DQ when Jim Duggan interfered!
  • May 2, 1987 - SNME: The Can Am Connection (Tom Zenk & Rick Martel) beat Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff..

    World Wrestling Federation - The Bolsheviks:
  • 1987: Nikolai Volkoff later formed a "not-so-successful" tag team with Boris Zhukov, known as the The Bolsheviks, managed by Slick..
  • January 2, 1988 - SNME: Strike Force beat Boris Zhukov & Nikolai Volkoff to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • March 27, 1988 - Wrestlemania IV: Nikolai Volkoff participated in the Battle Royal, which was won by Bad New Brown..
  • July 31, 1988 - Wrestlefest: The Powers of Pain (Barbarian & Warlord w/The Baron) beat The Bolsheviks..
  • August 28, 1989 - Summerslam: Powers of Pain defeated The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov)..
  • Nikolai Volkoff left the WWF and worked a few indy shows for Killer Kowalski before he went back to WWF..
  • April 1, 1990 - Wrestlemania VI: The Hart Foundation defeated The Bolsheviks in 19 seconds..

    World Wrestling Federation - Good Guy:
  • Nikolai Volkoff turned face for the first time in his career and formed a tag team with Hacksaw Jim Duggan to feud with Sgt Slaughter..
  • August 27, 1990 - Summerslam: Nikolai Volkoff & Jim Duggan over The Orient Express (Pat Tanaka & Kato)..
  • October 30, 1990 - The Main Event IV: Nikolai Volkoff beat Sgt Slaughter via DQ..
  • November 27, 1991 - Survivor Series: N.Volkoff/J.Duggan/T.Santana/K.von Erich beat Hercules/Mustafa/Skinner/Berzerker..
  • February 8, 1992 - SNME: Sgt Slaughter & Jim Duggan beat The Beverly Brothers..

    World Wrestling Federation - Million Dollar Corporation:
  • Nikolai Volkoff made a few bad investment decisions in the stock market and nearly lost it all so he looked for WWF employment..
  • 1995: Nikolai Volkoff bought front row tickets to WWF events and wearing the same suit week after week..
  • The Million Dollar Man Ted DeBiase saw an opportunity to use Nikolai Volkoff and brought him into the Million Dollar Corporation..
  • Nikolai Volkoff basically became Ted DiBiase's servant and was contantly humiliated in front of crowds..
  • Nikolai Volkoff was made to wear a T-Shirt that read "Property of The Million Dollar Man"..
  • Just as Nikolai Volkoff was about to quit the Corporation, Ted DiBiase "resructured" the group and Volkoff was forgotten..

  • June 1997: Nikolai Volkoff signed a contract with Kenny Casanova for a New Breed Wrestling event, in Schenectady, NY..
  • July 11, 1997 - New Breed Wrestling: Nikolai Volkoff defeated "Canada's Greatest Athlete" Mike Sharpe..
  • ~~~Before the match, Kenny Casanova wanted Nikalai Volkoff to sing the Russian National Anthem..
  • ~~~Nikolai refused, so Kenny tried to sing it.. Nikolai grabbed the mic and sang the American National Anthem!
  • ~~~Kenny Casanova ran backstage and got Mike Sharpe and the match was on..
  • Nikolai Volkoff currently tours US Independant Wrestling promotions part time..
  • November 29, 2003: Nikolai Volkoff appears on stage telling his life story at the Theater for the New City in East Village, NY..
  • February 2004: Nikolai Volkoff has opened a training center for professional wrestling around Baltimore, Maryland..
  • May 14, 2004--NWL in Frederick, MD: Headshrinker Samu & John Rambo defeated Nikolai Volkoff & Morgus the Maniac..
  • July 23, 2004--EWA - Friday Night Riot: Nikolai Volkoff defeated Jim Christian by Disqualification..
  • October 23, 2004--Rice Pro Wrestling: Tony Atlas defeated Nikolai Volkoff by Disqualification..
  • October 29, 2004--WWSA: Nikolai Volkoff defeated Chris Steele..
  • March 2, 2005--MWA debut Show: Nikolai Volkoff & The Patriot defeated Supreme Lee Great & Mana..
  • April 2, 2005 - Hall of Fame Ceremony: Nikolai Volkoff was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame along with 6 others in Los Angeles..
  • October 3, 2005 - WWE Homecoming: Nikolai Volkoff participated in a Legends Ceremony which included roughly 24 Legends..
  • December 10, 2005--World Wide Wrestling Alliance: Nikolai Volkoff defeated Cage in Slatington, Pennsylvania..
  • March 5, 2006--World Wrestling Legends PPV: "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan defeated Nikolai Volkoff w/The Iron Sheik..
  • March 2006: Nikolai Volkoff is now a Baltimore County Code inspector and resently became a vegetarian..
  • March 2006: Nikolai Volkoff is considering running for the house of delegates in the Baltimore area in September..
  • May 6, 2006--NWA Cyberspace: Nikolai Volkoff defeated Mike Tobin by Disqualification......
  • July 29, 2006--National Wrestling Superstars (Day Show): Nikolai Volkoff defeated Jo-Jo w/Z-Barr in the main event..
  • July 29, 2006--National Wrestling Superstars (Night): Nikolai Volkoff & The Famous Clown defeated Z-Barr & Jo-Jo..
  • September 12, 2006: Nikolai Volkoff finished 5th out of five candidates, in the Republican primary for the Maryland House of Delegates