Tag Archives: Ivan Koloff

A Forgettable Night In Tampa

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

Dusty Rhodes Retains Wrestling Title

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

Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls…

Sunday Star-News – June 16, 1985
By Ben Steelman

A gleeful Cowboy Ron Bass puts pressure on Avalanche Buzz Tyler...

A gleeful Cowboy Ron Bass puts pressure on Avalanche Buzz Tyler…

...Tyler, thrown from the ring, works himself into a frenzy...

…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.

…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

‘Russian Bear’ Embraces New Life

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

Bockwinkel, Stevens Win

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

Tag Title On the Line

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.