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Nikita Koloff Talks Possible WWE Hall Of Fame Induction, His Short WCW Stint In The '90s, More
By Daniel Pena
Jul 9, 2013 - 6:22:48 PM

Former NWA Superstar Nikita Koloff recently spoke to Raj Giri of WrestlingINC.com. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Being discovered by Road Warrior Animal: "I graduated college and was training for a pro football tryout when Road Warrior Animal gave me the phone call. He was actually approached by Don Kernodle, who was Ivan Koloff's partner at the time. They were the world tag team champions in the NWA. Don had approached Road Warrior Animal and, actually, what he asked was, 'Do you know any big guys who wouldn't mind shaving their head and becoming a Russian?' Animal said, 'I know just the guy right now.' That's how it all happened."

His feud with Magnum T.A. "It was very memorable and probably the absolute most talked about feud in my carer. I certainly had a lot of incredible matches over the years. The very first Great American Bash with Ric Flair, the chain matches with the Road Warriors, the War Games with the Superpowers, Dusty and I and the Road Warriors against the Four Horsemen. On and on it goes. But, certainly, the best of 7 with Magnum for the U.S. Heavyweight title -- probably the most talked about series of matches that I had in my career.

"It was just natural chemistry. he had that all-American look to him and, of course, I was the epitome of evil, the number one most hated guy in wrestling at that time. So, it made for as you might say, a story-book type of series of events. Certainly, without a doubt, very memorable."

His short second run with WCW in the 90's: "Business changed. It was a mom-and-pop operation with Crockett and became a chapter in Ted Turner's portfolio. He loved wrestling but it stepped into corporate America.

"The bell-to-bell time, I loved that and enjoyed that aspect of it. But it became much more political and it was less fun, if you will, outside of the wrestling ring. I did not enjoy that aspect of it. So, when I made the decision to return to WCW, I realized I enjoyed the wrestling part of it... plus, I was newly-married and Victoria had two children, Teryn and Tawni. Now, I was a dad for the first time and I was married. To leave the family each time and to go on the road was harder and harder as well. So, that played a factor in it, too."

If he would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame: "Well, I've been inducted into a few Hall of Fames. Most notable, the Dan Gable & Lou Thesz Hall of Fame, which is quite an honor in itself. When you think of Dan Gable and some of the Olympic wrestlers that are apart of that Hall of Fame, Lou Thesz and his storied career in wrestling. Certainly, if I was contacted for that, it would certainly be an honor to be apart of it. If they never contact me, I'm not going to lose any sleep over that in any way. What Vince McMahon has done with the business of pro wrestling and the height that he's taken it to is commendable.

"If they contact me, it's not necessarily something I would turn down but would look to it as just another feather in my cap for what I hopefully gave the fans in terms of entertainment."


Nikita also discussed the one time he considered joining WWE and why he chose not to, his health, if he follows the product today, creating his Russian accent and much more. You can read the full Nikita Koloff interview at WrestlingINC.com by clicking here.

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