Ivan Koloff

WWE.com has confirmed that former WWWF Champion Ivan Koloff has passed away.

Koloff (Oreal Perras), 74, had been battling liver disease for some time and his health declined considerably according to The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online.

He was best known for giving Bruno Sammartino his only pinfall loss inside Madison Square Garden in January 1971, ending Sammartino’s nearly eight year run as champion.

On behalf of the entire staff, we would like to send out our condolences to the family and friends of Perras during this very hard time.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Rest in peace Russian Bear. You never got the recognition you deserved (case in point: They didn’t even announce he was the new champion after beating Bruno at MSG. It’s said this is because they didn’t want the fans in attendance that night to riot.) but you will be missed.

  2. George Steele and Ivan Koloff are gone in the span of three days. Two of the best 1970’s heels, awesome performers.

  3. it’ll probably be merged together as 1. as long as both are acknowldeged, which i’m sure they will be, rightfully so, that’s fine with me.

  4. Ivan was also one of the better 1980s heels as well over in JCP, playing up his Russian heel gimmick and introducing the wrestling world to Nikita during the height of real-life Cold War tensions. There was no better time to be a wrestling fan than during the Crockett heydays and Ivan was right in the thick of it. Away from the ring after his wrestling days, he entered the ministry and spoke candidly about his struggles with drugs and alcohol to keep others from running into that kind of trouble as well.

    RIP Ivan Koloff – you made a difference, both in the ring and out of it.

  5. Unholy hell!! This is turning out to be a bad year for wrestlers’ deaths like last year was for celebrity deaths. Jimmy Snuka, Chavo Sr., Nicole Bass, George Steele, & now Ivan Koloff all dead within roughly a month of each other. Bass, Steele, & Koloff dead within just the past 3 days. Hey God, we’re getting pissed off now! Go kill some more terrorists & stop taking all our wrestling legends one after the other.
    Ivan Koloff’s historic run in WWWF was before my time but I enjoyed his time in the NWA/WCW in & out of his Russian faction/Paul Jones’ Army along with Nikita, Krusher Kruschev (Barry Darsow) Vladimir Petrov, & The Russian Assassins. None of them were actually Russian but they all played their parts so convincingly well. You were one of the really great ones Ivan both in & out of the ring. The world is a lesser place without you.

  6. Chyna Did Alot Worst Than Bass & WWE Still Acknowledge Her Plus The Only Legal Trouble Bass Has Caused WWE Was A Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Claiming She Was Sexually Assaulted Backstage By Steve Lombardi Aka (The Brooklyn Brawler) & That Was Back In 2003 After All Of That She Never Bothered WWE Again So Yeah They Should Acknowledge Her.

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