WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff has passed away Sunday at the age of 70. Volkoff had been in the hospital and released days prior in Maryland for treatment of dehydration and other issues.
Debuting in 1967, Volkoff worked for AWA and had multiple runs with the WWE, working for the company when it was known as the WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation). Playing a villainous Russian, he would most notably team up with The Iron Sheik and win the Tag Team Championship in 1985. Volkoff was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
Our condolences to the friends and family of Nikolai Volkoff.
WWE remembered Volkoff with the following announcement on their website:
“WWE is saddened to learn that Josip Nikolai Peruzovi?, known to WWE fans as Nikolai Volkoff, has passed away at age 70.Best known for his dastardly, WWE Tag Team Championship–winning union with The Iron Sheik, Volkoff’s in-ring career spanned the better part of 40 years, which featured battles against the likes of Sgt. Slaughter, Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino. As one of the greatest villains sports-entertainment had ever seen, Volkoff’s infamous rendition of the Soviet National Anthem before his matches made him an instant icon in the eyes of the WWE Universe as a Superstar they truly loved to hate. Jim Ross inducted Volkoff into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2005.
WWE extends its condolences to Peruzovi?’s family, friends and fans.”