St. Petersburg Independent – August 4, 1980
By Gene Taylor
TAMPA – With apologies to A. Lincoln: The world will little note, nor remember, the Last Tangle in Tampa Sunday night at Tampa Stadium. But for 17,834 screaming fans, the thrill of seeing Dusty Rhodes almost winning the World Heavyweight Championship from Harley Race is not something they will soon forget. Continue reading
Posted in 1980
Tagged Andre the Giant, Bugsy McGraw, Dick Murdoch, Don Muraco, Dusty Rhodes, Ernie Ladd, Harley Race, Ivan Koloff, Les Thornton, Mike Graham, Nikolai Volkoff, Super Destroyer
The Miami News – July 7, 1977
Dusty Rhodes retained his Florida heavyweight title last night by defeating Ernie Ladd in the main event of last night’s professional wrestling card before a crowd of 3,872 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Continue reading
Posted in 1977
Tagged Buddy Roberts, Butcher Vachon, Charles Cook, Don Serrano, Dusty Rhodes, Ernie Ladd, Great Mephisto, Grizzly Smith, Hans Schroeder, Ivan Koloff, Pat Patterson, Raul Matta, Scott Casey, Steve Keirn, Tank Patton, Tony Rocco
Sunday Star-News – June 16, 1985
By Ben Steelman
A gleeful Cowboy Ron Bass puts pressure on Avalanche Buzz Tyler…
…Tyler, thrown from the ring, works himself into a frenzy…
…and exacts his revenge on Bass with a mighty elbow launched from the top of the ring ropes.
It was a Friday night, and I went to Legion Stadium to see the wrestling and write about courage and about fights cleanly done, the way Papa Hemingway wrote about bull-fighting.
Perhaps it was not the best night to go. Already Ivan Koloff, the growling Russian, had been scratched from the card. Continue reading
Posted in 1985
Tagged Baby Doll, Buzz Tyler, Greg Vines, Ivan Koloff, J.J. Dillon, Jim Crockett Promotions, Krusher Khrushchev, Magnum T.A., Mark Fleming, Ric Flair, Ricky Reeves, Ron Bass, Tully Blanchard
Charleston Post and Courier – April 23, 2000
By Mike Mooneyham
The scenario was a familiar one.
The “Russian Bear,” Ivan Koloff, taking one of his patented bumps, with the “Russian Nightmare,” Nikita Koloff, at his side.
The action, however, wasn’t taking place in front of a packed building of wrestling fans. It was five years ago at a small Assembly of God church in Kannapolis, N.C., where the two former wrestling partners reunited for a different type of occasion. Continue reading
Posted in 2000
Tagged Ivan Koloff
Milwaukee Sentinel – February 14, 1972
Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens won two of three falls from Red Bastien and Reggie (Crusher) Lisowski to take the main event of the wrestling card before a sellout crowd of 6,112 at the Arena Saturday night. Continue reading
Posted in 1972
Tagged Billy Howard, Bull Bullinski, Crusher Lisowski, Don Muraco, Dusty Rhodes, Harry Henning, Ivan Koloff, Jack Pesek, Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens, Red Bastien, Ricky Ferrora
Milwaukee Sentinel – February 8, 1972
A chance to regain the American Wrestling association’s tag team title will be offered The Crusher and Red Bastien Saturday night at the Auditorium.
The pair that took it away on Jan. 20 in Denver, Colo., Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens, will afford the opposition in a two out of three falls match, with a one hour time limit. This attraction headlines five bout program, which starts at 8 o’clock.
In the semi-windup, Ivan Koloff, the 275 pound Russian, takes on Don Muraco, one fall, 45 minutes time limit. The other bouts will be announced later by matchmaker Dennis Hilgart.