Fans across the globe are in mourning over the passing of a wrestling Hall of Famer. Nikolai Volkoff, whose real name was Josip Nikolai Peruzovic, died over the weekend at the age of 70. His cause of death is still unknown.
Fans and those among the wrestling world took time to remember his legacy, noting that he was “one of the kindest” persons one could ever meet, according to ComicBook.com
“I did many road trips with Nikolai Volkoff,” wrote James Ellsworth. “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.”
His wrestling partner The Iron Sheik posted a tribute on Twitter Sunday morning.
"MY BEST FRIEND. MY PARTNER. MY BROTHER." he wrote. "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."
Volkoff was legendary in the world of WWE. In the 1970s his tag team, known as The Mongols, became World Tag Team Champions at the first ever Wrestlemania. His first professional match was in 1968.
One of his signature moves was to coax the crowd to stand on their feet, then provide them with a terrible rendition of the Soviet National Anthem, on purpose.
Please keep his family in your prayers tonight. Share your memories of him on our Facebook page. Be sure to read about the passing of another WWE star, who died after a suicide attempt in his jail cell.