IVAN KOLOFF CAREER INTERVIEWS
Name
Ivan Koloff
Real Name
Oreal Perras
Date of Birth
August 25, 1942
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1961
Brutus Magnus
"I'm as grateful to Sting as anybody in the wrestling business for the benefit he has had in my career. Steve is a great guy and very very smart and just a model citizen as far as the way he conducts himself and how much respect he commands. There are some people who seem to be obsessed with respect and seem to be obsessed with guys not showing them enough respect but Sting is a guy who has never had to pull any stunts, never had to bully anyone, never had to throw his weight around or pull rank; he commands respect. The same could be said about Kurt Angle." - Brutus Magnus discusses how Sting is backstage
April 15, 2014
Sting
"Mourning the loss of Jim Hellwig. I don't believe anyone has ever published this picture before today. The snapshot was taken two days before Thanksgiving in 1985, as we prepared to leave my house in Newhall, California and embark on a career in wrestling. Jim always challenged me to strive at being the best, and I'll forever be grateful for the encouragement and motivation he provided. I was looking forward to catching up with him, and I'm saddened we didn't have that opportunity before he passed. My heart goes out to his wife Dana and their two daughters, and they will remain in my prayers." - Sting speaks about the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 10, 2014
Colt Cabana
"Yeah, a lot of people tweeted it towards me. I think he is entitled to his opinion. You can't fault people for having an opinion. Luckily for me, I've never been put in a position to hire and fire people, and he was in that position and he can't hire everybody. I'm one of the people that Jim Cornette didn't want. Obviously the people that he didn't want aren't going to be happy about it. That's life. I could hold a grudge, but I don't. I understand that you have to hire and you have to fire and the ones that you fire aren't going to be happy. It's about going on and moving on. Luckily, I've done way bigger and better things since leaving Ring of Honor. Maybe it was a mistake by them for letting me go, and maybe it wasn't if they're happy with the direction that they've gone. I don't hold any grudge against Jim. I'm almost kind of thankful that I was able to go on to better places in my career." - Colt Cabana addresses the backstage heat he has with Jim Cornette
March 21, 2014
Damien Sandow
"I think your actual language, in my opinion, is what's wrong with a lot of the Superstars. I don't mean that as a shot at you… let me explain myself... their frustrations and, I hate this term, but 'push.' What is a push? Every time you get a chance on television, that is a chance to win fans. That is a chance to create good content. A lot of the guys… 'I'm not working in the main event.' If they have a problem with that, you get yourself in the main event. If you're not, you make sure your match is the best match of the night. You can only go forward. I never saw me losing my briefcase to John Cena as a bad thing, it was a chance for my character to evolve. And evolve I did! I think, looking back at my career, when it's all said and done, that night will go down as one of the most pivotal nights in my career." - Damien Sandow discusses his push being stopped
February 23, 2014
CM Punk
"I am a big fan of Jim Ross, but disagree with him and others about CM Punk or anyone else needing to honor their contract. If a promotion is not carrying out their end of the bargain and fucking your career with all the advantages that they have (labeling us independent contractors, no pensions, etc), fuck them." - Konnan discussing views on business
February 18, 2014
Shawn Michaels
"I was thrilled about it, again, it's certainly for me much like all of my career. There wasn't a lot of planning, a lot of thought, the majority of what I did in my career was reactionary, because that's when for me I hit the truest and most honest emotion out of myself. I think everybody in this industry loves to do everything in hindsight, and in hindsight everybody's a genius, but the immediate reaction is what I go on. There was no planning that Undertaker would be the guy to end, none of those things were thought about. All of those things fell into place and I felt good about them and that's what I based it on. I didn't give it a lot of thought, it's sort of like when you know something's right you know it's right and that's how it was done." - Shawn Michaels on being forced to retire by Undertaker
February 16, 2014
Jim Cornette
"John came from California, we got him really early on in his career but you could tell he was a natural, I thought he would actually be this generations version of a Ric Flair. He was a heel then, and he was so cocky, arrogant and good looking – he had the physique and the genetics, he could talk but they decided to go a different direction with him and he got over just as big on the other side." - Jim Cornette discusses John Cena as a developmental wrestler
February 12, 2014
Lex Luger

"I was brought in by Hiro Matsuda to always be professional, don't ever question finishes. If a guy like Undertaker [wanted to beat me at WrestleMania], I wouldn't have had any problem putting him over, especially at WrestleMania. I understand ... that some guys might be frustrated but I don't understand what they would be frustrated about. It's one match in a career. If you have confidence in yourself, your career, and the big picture as far as where you're going, I don't think it hurts at all to put Undertaker over at WrestleMania."

- Lex Luger on Undertaker

January 29, 2014
AJ Lee

"I knew AJ Lee from developmental a year before she was on NXT. I didn't know Dolph Ziggler at all. But when we started working together and traveling to different shows we realized that we shared a similar sense of humor. It didn't take us long to realize that it was kind of an odd pairing but it worked. We had a lot of fun and it is something that I'll always remember. I learned a lot from Dolph when I was ringside for all of the John Cena matches at house shows. It was a positive way for me to start my career."

- Big E Langston

January 23, 2014
Kevin Steen

"Sitting in CLT airport at 4:42am, thinking about how me vs Masato Tanaka at WrestleCon may very well be the craziest match of my career."

- Kevin Steen

January 20, 2014
Ivan Koloff

"Everything just went so quiet, it was a sellout, can you imagine that, here I am, wrestling my hero, the champ, and I end up winning the belt, one, two, three, a knee drop of the top, and I say, "where is the belt?" Finally, he raises my hand and he says, go back to the dressing room; you'll get the belt back there. They were afraid of a riot. I didn't pick up on it, but I did notice the people were very, very quiet. You could hear a pin drop, because they couldn't believe that Bruno got defeated after what, seven years? As far as Bruno was concerned, a lot of people don't realize, but those rings up there in New York are the boxing rings, the four ropes and a lot more stable base on the ring and not as much spring on the ring. Consequently us wrestlers, taking big back drops and suplexes on that, it ends up taking a toll on the body a lot more, so I really believe that Bruno needed the time off maybe surgery, maybe just get some rest. You know, I can imagine wrestling nearly every night and the pressure is on you because you're the champion and you have to draw money, so it was the whole idea that Bruno didn't mind the situation that much, because he wanted time off any way."

December 15, 2013
Chavo Guerrero
Throughout the past several months, Chavo Guerrero has been taking in quite a few business meetings, in order to set up his career outside of professional wrestling. It looks like one of those ventures has come to fruition, as Guerrero is now doing a talk show for GeekNation.com, called Where Men Come To Be Men. Rampage Jackson and John Morrison recently filmed an episode with him.
April 16, 2014
Mark Henry
With his career winding down and his age going up, Mark Henry has decided that he needs to drop some weight, so that he can fully enjoy his last couple of years as an in ring performer for WWE. The former world heavyweight champion revealed that he now weighs less than 400 pounds, a limit which he has not seen in quite a few years.
April 2, 2014
Billy Kidman
Following in the footsteps of several other wrestlers who have done the same in the past, Billy Kidman has released a book. However, there are talks that the former WCW star is only releasing it in Europe. There are also those that state that the book is rather short, even though it is supposed to encompass his entire career in professional wrestling.
March 22, 2014
Randy Savage
Back when he was a star for WWE during the late 1980s, Randy Savage made a discovery that would have a bit of an impact on the professional wrestling industry. The former world heavyweight champion was the one that discovered Sid Vicious, whom he convinced to give the industry a try. Savage sent Vicious to train with Tojo Yamamoto to start his career.
March 22, 2014
Mike Rotunda
Back when he was with the NWA, Mike Rotunda had an amateur wrestler gimmick when he teamed with Rick Steiner. It was actually based on his real life athletic career in college. Rotunda really did wrestle at Syracuse University. He was never an All American, though.
March 21, 2014
Bobby Eaton
Despite being one of the best performers in the history of professional wrestling, Ric Flair has opted against training others in the art of the game. In fact, the former NWA champion has only formally trained one person in his career. That man is Stan Lane, who formed the legendary Midnight Express tag team with Bobby Eaton during the 1980s.
March 20, 2014
CM Punk
Since he is no longer on the road for WWE every single week, CM Punk has found himself with some free time. The former world heavyweight champion was recently spotted in the studios, recording guest vocals for a band called Madball. The belief is that this is just a favor to his friends, as opposed to Punk seriously pursuing a career in music.
March 20, 2014
Chris Jericho
In the eyes of the fans, WWE is definitely a step up from TNA. However, that is not the case when it comes to the performers themselves. During a podcast interview with Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam revealed that several of the guys backstage in TNA did not view WWE as a wise career move for themselves, as a lot of performers have failed to make progress after signing with Vince McMahon.
March 18, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
In the latest episode of Last ReZort, Zack Ryder talked about how the greatest moment of his WWE career was winning the United States Heavyweight Championship from Dolph Ziggler, so he decided to shatter that glass ceiling by destroying the title belt.
March 17, 2014
Eva Marie
Since she quickly married her boyfriend and kept the truth hidden from her family, as seen on the first episode of the second season of Total Divas this weekend, there are rumors spreading that Eva Marie might be pregnant. While the decision was abrupt, the WWE diva is not expecting a baby anytime soon, as her career is her main focus at the moment.
March 17, 2014
Trish Stratus
A new 30 Second of Fury video of Trish Stratus doing her finishing move, the Stratusfaction, on a variety of opponents during her WWE career.
March 17, 2014
Kane
In a move that signals that his professional wrestling career is coming close to an end, Kane has opened up an insurance company in Knoxville with his wife. He has told people for the longest time that he wants to retire, but it is just hard to do so because the money that he makes in WWE is a considerable amount each year.
March 14, 2014
Bully Ray
Apparently, the cryptic message that Bully Ray posted on Twitter about the Chicago audience during Monday Night Raw convincing him to make a career change was about his own face turn that took place at TNA Lockdown 2014. Many were under the belief that it was a sign that he was headed back to WWE for one last stint.
March 12, 2014
George Steele
After a successful career as an amateur wrestler at the University of Michigan, Rick Steiner was discovered by George Steele, who convinced the college graduate to become a professional wrestler immediately after he finished school.
March 10, 2014
Gunner
In a crowd pleasing segment at TNA Lockdown 2014, Gunner was able to secure one of the biggest wins of his career by defeating James Storm in a Last Man Standing match after Storm was unable to get back up from a superplex through two steel chairs.
March 9, 2014
John Morrison
Even though he remains quite focused on his movie career, John Morrison has been gaining a reputation on the independent wrestling circuit as quite the asset. He handles himself professionally and is a pretty good draw at these shows. That is how the former WWE star has been able to consistently get booked across the country.
March 9, 2014
Kevin Nash
Prior to becoming a star in WWE and WCW, Kevin Nash had himself a little athletic career as a basketball player. His alma mater, the University of Tennessee, honored him earlier this week by carving his name into their Wall of Fame for athletes. Nash posted this picture of his Twitter account to show fans.
March 9, 2014
Bully Ray
After watching the Chicago crowd at Monday Night Raw rooting heavily for CM Punk, Bully Ray took to Twitter to post this vague message about how it has helped him make an important career decision. That has led to speculations that he could be returning to WWE, even though he clearly stated that Impact Wrestling was involved.
March 7, 2014
Matt Hardy
Prior to becoming a big star for WWE and TNA, Matt Hardy was quite the scholar. In high school, he won a scholarship to any college of his choosing to major in engineering. Shortly into his academics career, he was forced to withdraw from classes and leave, so that he could go home and take care of his sick father.
March 5, 2014
Curt Hawkins
Since he has only been utilized once on television this year, a lot of wrestling fans are not aware that Curt Hawkins is still under contract with WWE. However, he is keeping himself rather busy. Hawkins is opening up a wrestling school in Long Island. It is a move to prepare for life after his in ring career with the company comes to an end.
March 5, 2014
Ivan Koloff
As was the case with most other performers who portrayed a heel foreigner during the era, Ivan Koloff was not a Russian. He was actually born in Canada, and his real name is Oreal Perras. Prior to becoming a well known heel in the industry, Koloff portrayed yet another ethnicity. He was once known as Red McNulty, whose character was Irish.
February 25, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
"Seems like TNA is signing their core talents whose contracts are either up or in need of revising. WWE has seemingly made it clear that they have no interest in Impact talents and will instead reply on their Performance Center for their future stars. However, with Jeff Jarrett preparing to launch another promotion it makes sense for TNA to be proactive." - Jim Ross reveals that WWE is not interested in TNA performers
April 15, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
"Not sure why as a fan I should dislike Cesaro and it can't be simply because he's aligned himself with Paul Heyman. Cesaro simply outwrestles people and is damned impressive while doing it. Some of Cesaro's matches down in NXT the last year or so were better than anyone on RAW was having at the time." - Jim Ross thinks Antonio Cesaro should do a face turn
April 15, 2014
Christopher Daniels
"A unique athlete, it's funny because he was a book that was judged by his cover, for a very long time and it took a while to get him into TNA and we were always fighting to get him in. Everybody was like 'we gotta change his look and blah blah blah,' but finally when they gave him the chance, he showed them that you didn't need to judge him by the cover because he brings a unique intensity and a unique character to TNA and I think it would be a different TNA without him. He has changed the business." - Christopher Daniels discusses Samoa Joe
April 15, 2014
Jim Ross
"I assume that he hasn't signed with WWE only because WWE hasn't announced it. Signing Sting would create positive news for WWE as he is a major star that WWE can monetize in a variety of ways if he comes aboard. I don't see Sting even needing to wrestle to be a viable asset to WWE if he does sign with the company. If Sting did have one match it WWE it would need to be a long build, much anticipated one that has a significant payoff at a major event more specifically Wrestlemania 31." - Jim Ross talks about the rumors of Sting signing with WWE
April 15, 2014
Davey Richards
"I never really wanted to go to WWE. The tryout there was awesome. It was really fun and I can't say enough good things and I learned a lot, but I told a few of the guys during the initial tryout with Eddie that this was not for me just because moving down to Orlando is not what I wanted to do and wrestling is not the only thing I want to do with my life. To give up everything and just live in that world is not my idea of a great life or a perfect life. TNA offered me to be able to wrestle with some of the best wrestlers in the world, I could be on television, I could go and entertain crowds but I could still come home and be Wes. I could be Davey, then I could be Wes. It was just better for me and I couldn't be happier in TNA it's been great." - Davey Richards on choosing TNA over WWE
April 14, 2014
Marty Jannetty
"Happiest guy living right now. Wish I was there to watch her grow up, but so happy to be given this gift now. And from here on, I'm going to be a different person than I have been. Will be the best daddy ever, or at least the best one I can be. I'm the happiest guy on this planet right now. Now, I get it. To all the boys who have told me how it's life changing when you have a kid, man, had no kids, so I didn't get it. Now I do. That's my girl. Guys, don't you dare look at her twice. Bad ankles and all, I will make sure you never look at my daughter like that again. Love you, Bianca." - Marty Jannetty after finding out that he has a daughter
April 14, 2014
Paul London
"I've always admired and looked up to Terry Funk. Never did I actually think I'd be walking just like him. Knees hurt." - Paul London explaining how much of a toll the wrestling business gives to the body
April 14, 2014
Alexa Bliss
"I cannot believe it. So shocked and saddened by the news of the Ultimate Warrior passing. Rest in peace. Prayers." - Alexa Bliss on the death of Ultimate Warrior
April 12, 2014
Lance Storm
"Crazy story. While we were away, my mom found a briefcase and sales material scattered beside our house by the fence. She gathered them up and then tried to find some personal info to see who lost the stuff. She found a busienss card and called. Person who answered said the case was stolen out of her car over a year ago in Victoria, BC. No idea how it got to Calgary in our yard over a year later. Weird." - Lance Storm tells a weird story that took place at his house
April 12, 2014
Matt Hardy
"Ultimate Warrior and his sudden and shocking passing is a reminder to us all. Live every day to its fullest. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed to anyone." - Matt Hardy gives advice on life to his fans after the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
Lacey Von Erich
"My mom called to tell me my Uncle Jimbo, aka Ultimate Warrior, died. He was my dad's best friend, and a big part of our childhood. Rest in peace." - Lacey Von Erich discusses the death of Ultimate Warrior, who worked with her father Kerry Von Erich in WCCW
April 11, 2014
Kharma
"Rest in peace, Ultimate Warrior. Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all." - Kharma shares her feelings on Twitter about the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
British Bulldog
"British Bulldog introduced me to Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlmania 12 before the show started. I couldn't have been more excited to meet him. Rest in peace, Ultimate Warrior." - Tyson Kidd talks about meeting Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
Kassius Ohno
"Ultimate Warrior was my first favorite wrestler, and I will always appreciate his contributions. Glad he had his hall of fame moment. I'll always believe." - Kassius Ohno discusses the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
Sean Waltman
"I got a sense he wasn't well. It was sad to me. He was kind of hunched over. He used to have such great posture. You just had this sense that he wasn't well. But he was in great spirits. He came up to (other wrestlers) and gave them hugs." - Sean Waltman discusses the health of the Ultimate Warrior during Wrestlemania 30 weekend
April 11, 2014
Buff Bagwell
"When I first heard the news of the Ultimate Warrior's passing - from my oldest son - my first thoughts were of his precious daughters, and how their father - whose love for them was clear - had been taken away from them far to early in their lives. My second thought was about the foolish tweet I sent out during Warrior's Hall of Fame induction speech - and how badly I wish I could have taken those words back. Maybe they seemed harmless at the time, but in retrospect, the fact that my final words about Warrior were negative ones has had me feeling pretty bad these last 24 hours. I did not dislike Warrior. I got along fine with him in 1996, and years later, during a 'Legends Rountable' focusing on 'Heatseekers', I was good-naturedly kidded by my fellow Roundtable guests for having nothing negative to say about Warrior, Paul Heyman or Buff Bagwell." - Mick Foley talks about his relationship with Ultimate Warrior
April 10, 2014
Cody Rhodes
"Why are folks surprised by Nancy Grace? She got dumped by a professional wrestler in the 1980s and started a life quest to be just awful. If she was remotely confident in her accusations, she would interview an active talent. Yet, she won't do that because she'd have a Mark Cuban and Skip Bayless situation, and she would come off as the ignorant sweat hog she actually is." - Cody Rhodes bashes Nancy Grace for attacking the wrestling business
April 10, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
"I went on Nancy Grace last night expecting to discuss Warrior the man. Had I known the only topic discussed would be steroids I would not have participated. At the time I was also unaware of the list that was shown to the viewing audience. To imply that all of the wrestlers on that list died from steroids was wrong and for that they owe the families an apology. Again, my only intention was to discuss Warrior the man and share some stories about how dedicated he was to the wrestling business. I am saddened that was not what happened and my thoughts remain with his family." - Diamond Dallas Page discusses Nancy Grace interview
April 10, 2014
Bret Hart
"I'm deeply saddened at the sudden passing of Jim Hellwig, the Ultimate Warrior. I wish I'd been kinder to him in the last momnets that we had this past weekend at Wrestlemania 30. We did cross paths once or twice, but we were all so busy. I never went out of my way to see him, but if I could, I'd tell him he looked good. He looked content, and he looked like he'd finally found happiness within his children and his wife. He never ever harmed me, nor did we really work with one another. I wish we had. His final ring promo breaks my heart. I have many fond memories of times we shared, only now do they pile up in my head. I'd also tell him that he was right. He never was such a bad guy. My thoughts are with his wife and children. I never thought his time would be so short. I know one thing. I will never forget him." - Bret Hart discusses the death of Ultimate Warrior
April 10, 2014
Bret Hart
"He seemed good, he seemed happy for sure. I had a sense his health wasn't great. He seemed a little frail. He seemed a little less indestructible than he used to be. I don't think it would be a surprise to know he took steroids for a long time and I don't know if he ever stopped." - Bret Hart discusses steroid use by the Ultimate Warrior
April 10, 2014