Nikolai Volkoff, WWE Hall of Famer, Dies at 70

 

Nikolai Volkoff, WWE Hall of Famer, Dies at 70

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Nikolai Volkoff, real name Josip Nikolai Peruzović, best known as the evil Russian who teamed up with The Iron Sheik to become a World Tag Team Champion, has died. He was 70.

“MY BEST FRIEND,” the Iron Sheik, real name Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, tweeted Sunday morning, confirming the Croatian WWE hall of famer’s passing. “MY PARTNER. MY BROTHER. WE GET MORE HEAT THAN ANYONE ON EARTH. I TRUST HIM WITH MY LIFE. HE TAKE CARE OF ME WHEN I WAS DOWN. I MISS YOU FOREVER ??'”

Other professional wrestlers took to Twitter to pay tribute to the legendary heel, with James Ellsworth writing, “I did many road trips with Nikolai Volkoff. As we only lived 15 minutes from each other. I learned so much from him. He was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. I’ll miss him dearly #RIPNikolaiVolkoff”

“Sad to hear the passing of @WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff,” Tommy Dreamer tweeted. “Celebrate his life… Watch his greatness on @WWENetwork and all please rise as he sings the Russian National Anthem.”

“I always loved our conversations backstage …,” Natalya “Nattie” Neidhart added. “Nikolai Volkoff was so special to my dad and the entire Hart family. We will miss you, Nikolai. My thoughts and condolences go out to Nikolai’s family.”

According to IMDB, Volkoff was filming the currently-in production flick “Wrestlemassacre,” at the time of his death. His other on-screen credits include the 2017 animated film “Cool As Hell 2,” “WWF Championship Wrestling” (1972), “WWF All-Star Wrestling” (1972) and “Spectrum Wrestling” (1977).

The cause of Volkoff’s death was not known at the time of publication and WWE did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment.

See the tweets about Volkoff’s passing below.

MY BEST FRIEND. MY PARTNER. MY BROTHER. WE GET MORE HEAT THAN ANYONE ON EARTH. I TRUST HIM WITH MY LIFE. HE TAKE CARE OF ME WHEN I WAS DOWN. I MISS YOU FOREVER 💔

I did many road trips with Nikolai Volkoff. As we only lived 15 minutes from each other. I learned so much from him. He was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. I’ll miss him dearly 

Sad to hear the passing of Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff Celebrate his life Watch his greatness on and all please rise as he sings the Russian National Anthem

I always loved our conversations backstage … Nikolai Volkoff was so special to my dad and the entire Hart family. We will miss you, Nikolai. My thoughts and condolences go out to Nikolai’s family. 🙏

TheWrap