Nikolai Volkoff Bio, Biography
Josip Nikolai Peruzović was born on 14 October 1947 and died on 29 July 2018. He is better known by his ring name of Nikolai Volkoff. Volkoff was a Croatian professional wrestler who was best known for his performances for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Although the Volkoff character while wrestling was often portrayed as a villainous Russian, Volkoff actually originates from Croatia and had a mixed background. He was known for teaming with The Iron Sheik, with whom he won the WWF Tag Team Championship at the inaugural WrestleMania event, and also with Boris Zhukov as The Bolsheviks. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2005.
|Birth name||Josip Nikolai Peruzović|
|Born||October 14, 1947 in Split, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia|
|Died||July 29, 2018 (aged 70) Glen Arm, Maryland,United States|
|Cause of Death||Volkoff died on July 29, 2018, at the age of 70 years. It was a few days after he was released from a hospital in Maryland where he had been treated for dehydration among other medical issues.|
|Wife||Lynn, Married in the 1970s.|
|Daughters||He was a father of 2 grown up daughters, a teacher and a nurse.|
|Brother||Luka Peruzovic a football coach.|
Nikolai Volkoff Professional wrestling career
|Ring name(s)||Nikolai Volkoff
|Billed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Billed weight||143 kg (313 lb)|
|Billed from||Moscow, RSFSR, Soviet Union Mongolia (1970’s as Bepo Mongol and Nikolai Volkoff)|
|Trained by||Stu Hart
|WWE Hall of Fame||He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2005.|
Nikolai Volkoff Biography / Personal Life
Peruzovic was married for 35 years to his wife Lynn and had two daughters. In Freddie Blassie’s autobiography Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks, Freddie Blassie describes Peruzovic as a “good family man” who helped Blassie reconnect with a daughter from whom he had been estranged for many years. In a 2009 shoot interview released by Pro Wrestling Diary on DVD, Peruzovic discusses in-depth his history with Freddie Blassie as well as helping Blassie re-connect with his daughter. In 2010, he appeared along with wrestler Jimmy Cicero on Karlos Borloff’s internet TV show Monster Madhouse. Peruzovic works with the Baltimore County Police Athletic League kids programs. He previously worked as a code enforcement officer in Baltimore County. He still occasionally wrestles independent shows. He currently lives on a farm in Glen Arm, Maryland. Volkoff is the elder brother to ex Croatian/Yugoslavian footballer who works as a football coach, Luka Peruzovic.
In 2016, Volkoff released a biographical comic book miniseries through Squared Circle Comics, titled “Nikolai” (2016-2018).
Nikolai Volkoff Death
Volkoff died on July 29, 2018, at the age of 70 years a few days after his release from a hospital in Maryland where he had been receiving treatment for dehydration among other medical issues.
Nikolai Volkoff Political involvement
He ran unsuccessfully in the 2006 Maryland Republican Primary for State Delegate in District 7 (representing parts of Baltimore & Harford County) in Maryland.
Condolence Messages from friend and fans
Sad to hear the passing of @WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff
Celebrate his life
Watch his greatness on @WWENetwork and all please rise as he sings the Russian National Anthem pic.twitter.com/0m5US6D0tw
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) July 29, 2018
I did many road trips with Nikolai Volkoff. As we only lived 15 minutes from each other.
I learned so much from him. He was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.
— James Ellsworth (@realellsworth) July 29, 2018
I always loved our conversations backstage … Nikolai Volkoff was so special to my dad and the entire Hart family. We will miss you, Nikolai. My thoughts and condolences go out to Nikolai’s family. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/WfMd4FDowb
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) July 29, 2018
Nikolai Volkoff was a solid wrestler, and more than that, a good man. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/Kt76MgnrI2
— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) July 29, 2018