Ivan Koloff - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Ivan Koloff, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Oreal Donald Perras was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada on August 25, 1942.

He died on February 18, 2017 at the age of 74.

Ivan Koloff was inducted in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) in 2011 as part of the Modern Era wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Oreal Donald Perras
  • Ring Names
    • Ivan Koloff ( January 19, 1968 - November 16, 2013)
    • Red McNulty ( November 27, 1965 - January 18, 1968)
  • Born August 25, 1942
  • Died February 18, 2017 (aged 74)
  • Nationality Nationality: CanadaCanada
  • Birth Place Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Billed From
    • Moscow, Russia ( January 19, 1968 - November 16, 2013)
    • Dublin, Ireland ( November 27, 1965 - January 18, 1968)
  • Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
  • Weight
    • 298 lbs (135 kg)
  • Nicknames The Russian Bear

Career History

  • Roles
    • Part Time Wrestler ( October 21, 2004 - November 16, 2013)
    • Wrestler ( November 27, 1965 - July 22, 1994)
  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion INDY October 21, 2004 November 16, 2013
    Promotion Extreme Championship WrestlingECW April 25, 1992 August 8, 1993
    Promotion Smoky Mountain WrestlingSMW October 30, 1991 April 9, 1992
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW January 2, 1990 January 28, 1990
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW November 21, 1988 August 12, 1990
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA September 13, 1961 August 12, 1990
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP December 7, 1983 November 20, 1988
    Promotion American Wrestling AssociationAWA October 23, 1984 April 28, 1986
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF February 15, 1983 December 26, 1983
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP October 3, 1980 September 13, 1982
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWWF October 13, 1975 June 2, 1979
    Promotion American Wrestling AssociationAWA December 27, 1970 May 20, 1978
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight March 3, 1978 March 30, 1978
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight November 23, 1975 December 2, 1976
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP March 21, 1974 January 27, 1975
    Promotion International Wrestling EnterpriseIWE April 18, 1973 May 15, 1973
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWWF October 23, 1969 July 16, 1971
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Heel October 21, 2004 November 16, 2013
    Heel November 27, 1965 July 22, 1994
  • Images History
    Oct 1975
    Oct 1975
    Jan 1968
    Jan 1968
    Nov 1965
    Nov 1965

  • Finishers
    • Russian Bear Hug - Bearhug ( November 27, 1965 - November 16, 2013)
    • Russian Neckbreaker - Arm Trap Neckbreaker ( January 19, 1968 - July 22, 1994)
    • Russian Sickle - Jumping Lariat ( January 19, 1968 - July 22, 1994)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song "State Anthem of the Soviet Union" by Alexander Alexandrov, Gabriyel’ Arkadyevich Ureklyan & Sergey Mikhalkov - Single ( April 25, 1992 - August 8, 1993)
    • Theme Song "Gets Us All in the End" by Jeff Beck - Single ( January 2, 1990 - January 28, 1990)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame
    • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) - Year 2011, Modern Era
  • World Wrestling Entertainment

    National Wrestling Alliance & Jim Crockett Promotions

  • Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling / Jim Crockett Promotions

    • 3 NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (with Don Kernodle)
    • 2 NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship
    • 3 NWA Television Championship
    • 2 NWA United States Tag Team Championship (1 with Krusher Khruschev, 1 with Dick Murdoch)
    • 2 NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 with Nikita Koloff & Krusher Khruschev, 1 with The Barbarian & The Warlord)
    • 5 NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid Atlantic version) (1 with Nikita Koloff, 1 with Nikita Koloff & Krusher Khruschev, 1 with Ray Stevens, 1 with Don Kernodle, 1 with Manny Fernandez)

    American Championship Wrestling

    • 1 ACW United States Championship

    Atlantic Coast Wrestling

    • 1 ACW Tag Team Championship (with Vladimir Koloff)

    Championship Wrestling from Florida

    • 1 NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version)
    • 5 NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (1 with Pat Patterson, 3 with Masa Saito, 1 with Nikolai Volkoff)

    Coastal Real Extreme Wrestling

    • 1 CREW Heavyweight Championship

    CWF Mid-Atlantic

    • 1 CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (with Sean Powers)

    Georgia Championship Wrestling

    • 7 NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (5 with Ole Anderson, 2 with Alexis Smirnoff)

    Great Lakes Wrestling Association

    • 1 GLWA United States Heavyweight Championship

    International Wrestling Alliance

    • 1 IWA World Tag Team Championship (with Maurice Vachon)

    International Wrestling Association (Montreal)

    • 1 IWA International Heavyweight Championship

    Maple Leaf Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Toronto version)

    Masterz of Mayhem

    • 1 MoM USWA North American Heavyweight Championship

    Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Alliance

    • 1 MAWA Heavyweight Championship

    NWA Charlotte

    • 1 NWA Charlotte Legends Championship

    Virginia Wrestling Association

    • 1 VWA Heavyweight Championship

    Western Ohio Wrestling

    • 1 WOW International Heavyweight Championship

    World Wrestling Association

    • 1 WWA World Heavyweight Championship

    World Wrestling Council

    • 1 WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship
  • Other Accomplishments
    • HVPW Hall of Fame induction (2014)
    • SCW Hall of Fame induction (class of 1999)
    • NWA United States Tag Team Championship Tournament Winner (1986 – with Krusher Khruschev)
    • NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title Tournament Winner (1984)
    • NWA Florida Tag Team Title Tournament Winner (1977 – with Mr. Saito)
    • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame's Frank Gotch Award (2009)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame induction (class of 2015)

Relations

  • Tag Teams & Stables
    • Twisted Aggression - Sean Powers ( February 5, 2005 - March 19, 2005)
    • Ivan & Vladimir Koloff - Vladimir Koloff ( October 30, 1991 - January 29, 1994)
    • Dick Murdoch & Ivan Koloff - Dick Murdoch ( April 22, 1988 - July 28, 1988)
    • Dick Murdoch & Ivan Koloff - Dick Murdoch ( February 14, 1987 - March 29, 1987)
    • The Russians - Nikita Koloff ( September 30, 1988 - November 26, 1988)
    • Ivan Koloff & Russian Assassin #1 - Russian Assassin #1 ( June 22, 1988 - September 3, 1988)
    • The Russians - Demolition Smash, Nikita Koloff ( June 20, 1984 - October 18, 1986)
    • Don Kernodle & Ivan Koloff - Don Kernodle ( August 13, 1983 - October 20, 1984)
    • Ivan Koloff & Ole Anderson - Ole Anderson ( June 7, 1978 - March 24, 1983)
    • Ivan Koloff & Ray Stevens - Ray Stevens ( February 7, 1981 - November 4, 1981)
    • Ivan Koloff & Nikolai Volkoff - Nikolai Volkoff ( June 16, 1980 - September 23, 1980)
    • Alexis Smirnoff & Ivan Koloff - Alexis Smirnoff ( December 7, 1979 - September 15, 1980)
    • Ivan Koloff & Mr. Saito - Masa Saito / Mr. Saito ( October 5, 1977 - February 14, 1978)
    • Pat Patterson & Ivan Koloff - Pat Patterson ( June 13, 1977 - October 5, 1977)
    • Superstar Billy Graham & Ivan Koloff - Superstar Billy Graham ( January 26, 1973 - September 3, 1976)
  • Managers Captain Lou AlbanoCaptain Lou AlbanoFreddie BlassieFreddie BlassieGary HartGary Hart

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