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WWE Forgotten Greats : Nikolai Volkoff 

This is a series of articles where we shall look back into the history of World Wrestling Entertainment and talk about some of the great forgotten superstars of the company. WWE always produced lots of talents, some succeeded with WWE, and some succeeded elsewhere. The company has a long history of evolution since 1952, the year Capitol Wrestling Corporation was founded by Roderick James McMahon and Joseph Raymond Mondt. We can say that it was first form of WWE.

In 1963, McMahon and Mondt formed World Wide Wrestling Federation and Buddy Rogers was awarded the World Wide Wrestling Federation championship. In 1979, the word ‘Wide’ has been removed from WWWF and it became WWF, World Wrestling Federation. The Golden Era of WWF begins in 1980 which continued till 1992 and in 1993 announced the beginning of the new generation era which was followed by the best era of WWE the attitude era in 1997, after the end of attitude era in 2002, Brand Extension era started and continued till 2007, and finally the PG era started in 2008.

In this series of articles we shall look back look back some of the forgotten names from the seventy years history of World Wrestling Entertainment. In this part of this article, we shall discuss about the former World Wrestling Federation Tag team champion Nikolai Volkoff.

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Josip Nikolai Peruzovićwas born on Yugoslavia. He was a weight lifter in his early career when he was in his own country. In 1967, he travelled to Canada to join professional wrestling. He was trained in Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling.

In 1970, Peruzović went to United States of America and joined World Wide Wrestling Federation under the ring name of Bepo Mongol. He was managed by Captain Lou Albano in that time.Peruzović won the WWF Intercontinental tag team championship with Tony Marino and Victor Rivera in the same year of his debut.

Peruzović’s most memorable match from his early days was against Bruno Sammartino in 1974. Peruzović wrestled the greatest WWF champion of all time in a sold out crowd of Madison square garden.

In the same year, he went to Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association where he wrestled for two years. Peruzović was managed by Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan in this time.

In 1984, Peruzović returned to WWF as Nikolai Volkoff and teamed up with the Iron Sheik. They did a tremendous job as a foreigner heel tag team. In 1985, they defeated the US Express (Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham) at the first ever WrestleMania to become the WWF tag team champions.

In 1987, Peruzović teamed up Boris Zukhov and their tag team was known as The Bolsheviks. Their tag team appearances continued for three years and after that Peruzović departed from WWF. He made an appearance at Royal Rumble 1992. In 1994, he returned again for a small time to join Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Corporation.

Peruzović took leave after the story line he worked in with Ted DiBiase. He made some sporadic appearances for different divisions after that. Peruzović currently works on the Independent Circuit.

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