Ivan Koloff

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Real Name - Jim Parris
Birthdate - 8/25/42
5'10" 265 lbs. - Montreal, Quebec

Aliases - Jim Parris, Red McNulty

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - Jake Wentworth

Professional background - Canada(`6?-), Montreal(`68), WWWF(`68-`69), Australia(`70), WWWF(`71), AWA(`71-`73), IWE(`73), Mid-Atlantic(`74-`75), IWA(`75), California(`75), WWWF(`75-`79), Indianapolis(`77), Florida(`77), Georgia(`79-`80), Florida(`80), Mid-Atlantic(`80-`84), Georgia(`83), WWWF(`83), Toronto(`84), JCP/NWA(`85-`88), WWC(`89)

Groups - The Russians

Peak Years - `68-`81

Career Highlights -
- Is pushed hard in his native Montreal in his rookie year and wins the IWA Heavyweight belt from Johnny Rougeau
- Defeats and ends the 8-year WWWF championship reign of Bruno Sammartino
- Returns to the WWWF and with Bruno has the company's most lucrative period (included the longest MSG sellout streak)
- Becomes a force in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas holding numerous heavyweight and tag titles
- Enjoys his last run with Jim Crockett Promotions as the leader of the Russians

Finisher(s) -
- Flying Kneedrop

Favorites -
- Bearhug
- Cobra Clutch
- Loaded Knee
- Back Elbow
- Punch

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 7
science - 2
aerial - 4
power - 9
strikes - 7

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 6
selling - 6
bumping - 9
carrying - 7
heat - 8
legacy - 6

Place in History - A French Canadian worker who was struggling to break out, when the character of Russian powerlifter Ivan Koloff was put together for him, he became an instant superstar. During the hot times of the Cold War, Koloff was just the perfect guy to push as a top heel. Hoovering around three-hundred and every bit the powerhouse they needed him to be, Koloff was still only in his twenties, but he looked every bit of a grizzled Soviet athelete. He became the man who defeated Bruno and ended the reign, a feat no other heel had done. It made his career, but it did not stop after Pedro Morales beat him. Koloff continually returned to the Northeast for the next decade and continued to be the big bumping heel who was really one of the premier workers of that time, especially in the Northeast. But as age and the bumps began catching up with Ivan, he realized he needed a change, so he shed around fifty pounds and headed for the Southeast. He extended himself another five years and continued to be the worker he had been and was paired with several young "Russians" who he helped get over, most notably Nikita Koloff, who became a major star for the Crocketts. One of the major draws and stars of the 70s and a strong player for much of the 80s, Ivan Koloff's gimmick was second only to his tremendous ability that made him one of the best workers of his era.

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