By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff has passed away. Josip Nikolai Peruzović, his real name, was 70-years-old.
He was a wrestler for four decades. While he was not born in the United States, he died in Glen Arm, Maryland.
In recent days, he was taken to a local hospital. Peruzović was being treated for dehydration and other symptoms.
Volkoff also went by Bepo Mongo, Boris Breznikoff, and Executioner #3. He was trained by Stu Hart and Newton Tattrie.
Early on, he wrestled in several independents, before getting hired by the World Wide Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment). He also wrestled for the American Wrestling Association: Mid-South, and other promotions during his semi-retirement from 1995 through 2018.
Volkoff last fought DJ Hyde in his final professional wrestling match. The Wrestling Hall of Famer won at the H20 Wrestling: 1-year Anniversary at the OTW Arena in Williamstown, New Jersey.
That was his first match in almost a year, as he defeated Derek St. Holmes Esq in August 2016. Volkoff won that match on August 4th, 2016 at the BCW Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin.
According to cage match, a wrestling database, Volkoff had 1,869 matches in his career. He won 801, while losing 990. He also had 78 draws.
He was a two-time WWF International Tag Team Champion twice, while also holding the WWF World Tag Team Championship once. He also was the WWA Heavyweight Champion and the APWF Heavyweight Champion.
Volkoff also held the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship, as well as the NWA Macon Tag Team Championship. He also held the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion. He also was the NWA Wildside Heavyweight Champion.
He also held the HoPWF Tag Team Championship and the UWF North American Championship.
He had two children.