NIKOLAI VOLKOFF COMEDY TRIVIA
Name
Nikolai Volkoff
Real Name
Josip Peruzovic
Date of Birth
October 14, 1947
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1967
Nikolai Volkoff
In 1967, Nikolai Volkoff was on the weightlifting team for Yugoslavia. While competing in a tournament in Austria, he decided to defect to Canada. While there, he decided to become a professional wrestler, and he lucked out by winding up with Stu Hart, who agreed to train him.
February 11, 2014
Nikolai Volkoff

During the mid 1980s, Nikolai Volkoff made his return to WWE after stints in the AWA and Mid South. Upon his return, someone came up with the idea to have him sing the Russian national anthem to generate heel heat, as the United States was at odds with the country.

January 1, 2014
Mick Foley
There are rumors floating around right now that Mick Foley is looking into the possibility of signing a contract with Ring of Honor. The hardcore legend is apparently a free agent now that his contract with WWE has expired. Foley was also recently spotted at a comedy show wearing a ROH tee shirt. No word yet on whether or not the company has interest in signing him.
April 12, 2014
Vince McMahon
The Shorty Awards were handed out this week to companies that best handled their social media and social networking campaigns. Vince McMahon and company were able to take home three of those awards, including one for best YouTube channel. WWE was able to beat out Bleacher Report, MTV, VH1, Nike, Visa and Comedy Central for these awards.
April 8, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
The latest wrestler to jump on the stand up comedy bandwagon is Diamond Dallas Page. He is currently doing shows throughout Europe. DDP joins guys like Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Dolph Ziggler and William Regal in making the jump from the wrestling ring to the stage. He is still hoping to induct Jake Roberts into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30.
March 5, 2014
Mick Foley
Jenifer Bloodsworth used to be a writer for WWE, but she is now doing stand up comedy. Fortunately for her, she has a good friend with name value in Mick Foley. The two of them have decided to start working together. Bloodsworth is now the opening act on the tour for Foley, who has been consistently booking himself all over the country.
February 19, 2014
Mick Foley
"I tend not to get hecklers. I tend to get over-exuberant wrestling fans. Fans who don't always understand that they shouldn't shout out the endings to my stories. Because, if they're fans, they already know how the stories end. Those people enjoy it, but it's frustrating they don't let me finish the stories. Fortunately, I'm experienced entertaining on Friday and Saturday nights, when some people are drunker than usual. But if that happens, I just stand back and let the club handle it. I don't fear a heckler. I don't take pride in shredding them apart, but I'm not afraid either. We're supposed to be having laughs... I take honor in the act of entertaining people who laid down their money." - Mick Foley talking about wrestling fans ruining his comedy shows
February 14, 2014
Chris Jericho
Since he walked out of WWE, CM Punk was forced to cancel an appearance on @midnight, a show on Comedy Central. The host issued a statement in support of Punk, and has decided to call up another wrestler to take his place. Chris Jericho will now be appearing on the show. He is scheduled for the March 3rd episode.
February 12, 2014
Mick Foley
Since he is quite ambitious and wants to see his comedy career really taking off, Mick Foley booked himself a lot of shows in the early part of 2014. He also scheduled those events in northern cities, where the weather is really bad right now. The WWE legend posted this status update on Twitter to make fun of himself.
February 11, 2014
CM Punk
Even though CM Punk dropped out on an appearance on his show, Chris Hardwick has no hard feelings and is actually defending the WWE star. He stated that Punk was a friend and that he did not make the decision to cancel lightly. The very understanding Hardwick is the host of @midnight on Comedy Central.
February 10, 2014
CM Punk
As was heavily rumored, CM Punk has been pulled from @midnight, a show on Comedy Central. No word yet on who pulled the trigger on the cancellation, but the belief was that it would not have been a good idea for the former world champion to make a public appearance since he walked away from his job with WWE.
February 9, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
WWE is hitting up California this weekend for a string of live events. Dolph Ziggler has been scheduled for those shows, and the former world heavyweight champion has revealed that he is going to stick around after the company leaves, as he intends to do some stand up comedy in the area.
February 7, 2014
CM Punk

On Twitter, Mick Foley made a joke to fans who are thinking about going to one of his comedy shows. The former WWE star stated that they were allowed to bring CM Punk signs to his events, which is basically mocking the company for confiscating signs from fans in support of Punk.

February 4, 2014
CM Punk

A lot of eyes will be tuned in to Comedy Central on February 12, as CM Punk is scheduled to make an appearance on a show called @midnight. Some believe that he might cancel the appearance since the host will more than likely be asking him about his backstage heat with WWE.

February 3, 2014
Daniel Bryan

At the risk of ruining his chances of signing a new deal with the company involving his stand up comedy show, Mick Foley, whose contract expires in a few weeks, opted to be open and honest by speaking out against WWE for not pushing Daniel Bryan at Royal Rumble 2014. 

January 27, 2014
Edge

Wrestling fans who attended the comedy show with Mick Foley in Rochester were in for quite a treat earlier this evening. Former WWE star Edge made a surprise appearance to show support for his good friend.

January 10, 2014
Mick Foley

Now that the holidays are over, Mick Foley is preparing to go back on the road. The WWE legend has eight comedy shows scheduled for the month of January throughout the east and midwest. 

January 1, 2014
Edge

With Mick Foley, Dolph Ziggler, William Regal and a couple of others from the wrestling indsutry venturing into the realm of stand up comedy, Edge has informed his fans that he has no intentions of following in their footsteps despite being a pretty funny guy.

December 12, 2013
Rob Van Dam

Rob Van Dam will be performing his stand up comedy routine tonight at Sal's Comedy Hole in Hollywood. It is a birthday event, and the former WWE and ECW champion was invited to participate.

December 7, 2013
CM Punk

At the Lincoln Restaurant in Chicago tonight, CM Punk will be headlining a comedy show, where the performers usually make raunchy jokes involving feces.

November 21, 2013
Mick Foley

WWE will start filming Mick Foley at his comedy shows. There's talks that the company could feature it on a television special or on the long rumored WWE Network.

November 17, 2013
John Morrison

John Morrison is doing an improv comedy show tonight in Hollywood. He will be appearing at the The Late Live Show at IO West at 11:30pm.

November 16, 2013
Nikolai Volkoff

Former WWE star Nikolai Volkov and former NWA star Bobby Fulton were forced to wrestle on a mat at an independent wrestling show in a small town in Ohio recently, as promoters were unable to secure a ring for them to work on.

November 17, 2013
Corporal Kirchner
In a really quick flag match at Wrestlemania 2, Corporal Kirchner was able to defeat Nikolai Volkoff after interference from Freddie Blassie backfired.
April 7, 1986
Lance Storm
The boring gimmick that Lance Storm received while working in WWE was actually a little jab at internet wrestling fans. Many viewed him as a guy that was just too boring to be a star. In actuality, though, Storm has a pretty good personality and a sense of humor backstage. WWE went with the gimmick in order to try to something to see if it would give him momentum.
April 13, 2014
Kamala
Back when he was a teenager in Mississippi, Kamala was a bit of a thief. He became known in town as a burglar who came from a poor family. The local police did not want to arrest him, so they heavily suggested that he leave town to avoid any further complications. The future WWE star opted to flee to the state of Florida, where he made money by picking fruit.
April 11, 2014
Wahoo McDaniel
In one of the more interesting connections in professional wrestling, when Wahoo McDaniel was a teenager in Texas, he was coached in baseball by George Bush, who would go on to become the 41st President of the United States.
April 9, 2014
Arn Anderson
Even though the truth has been out there for several years now, a lot of wrestling fans are still under the belief that Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson are brothers in real life. They're not. The relationship was created for their on screen characters to help Arn connect with the audience quicker because Ole was already established in the territory.
April 4, 2014
Uncle Elmer
Back during the 1980s, one of the most talked about segment in professional wrestling was when Uncle Elmer got married on national television. It was an actual wedding, as the performer was really wanting to marry his longtime girlfriend. When he approached Vince McMahon about it, the promoter loved the idea and decided to make it a draw for WWE.
April 4, 2014
Bobby Eaton
One of the biggest mysteries in professional wrestling involves Dennis Condrey and his decision to walk away from the Midnight Express. When asked about the situation, Bobby Eaton said that his former tag team partner basically left without saying a word to him for two years. Condrey reportedly did not inform Jim Cornette or the NWA, either.
April 2, 2014
Jim Cornette
While a lot of performers will say that they always wanted to be involved in the professional wrestling industry, Jim Cornette actually means it. The legendary NWA manager started working in the business when he was just 14 years old, serving as a photographer, ring announcer, magazine correspondent and as a public relations person.
March 23, 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
Jesse Ventura
After serving six years in the Navy and before becoming a professional wrestling star, Jesse Ventura had a brief stint with the Mongols, a well known motorcycle gang. He states that he was a fully patched member and actually served as the third in command. He left the group prior to the Mongols starting a longstanding war with the Hell's Angels.
March 22, 2014
Alundra Blayze
Years before she became known to WWE fans as Alundra Blayze, Madusa Miceli became an international star in professional wrestling after leaving the AWA and heading to All Japan. She impressed the company so much that they made her the first non Japanese wrestler to be given a multiple year contract. Miceli was given a three year deal.
March 21, 2014
Bobby Eaton
Since he was the only professional wrestler in the history of the industry to have been trained by Ric Flair, Stan Lane paid homage to mentor very early on in his career. At one point in time, he used the name Stan Flair. He also went by Nature Boy Stan Lane, while making a name for himself in Florida. He became Sweet Stan Lane while teaming with Bobby Eaton in the Midnight Express.
March 21, 2014
Dick Murdoch
When he first made his debut in WWE, there were people who speculated that Trevor Murdoch might have been related to the late Dick Murdoch, a wrestler who made his name during the territorial days. However, there are no bloodlines between the two performers. Someone backstage in WWE simply gave Trevor the name because of his resemblance to Dick.
March 21, 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
Mr Fuji
When the future WWE Hall of Fame inductee made his debut in professional wrestling in 1965, there were not a lot of prominent Asia people in the country, so Harry Fujiwara, who was actually born in the United States, opted to stop using his real name and shortened it to Mr Fuji. It was easier for promoters and fans to spell and pronounce, and the move paid off rather well.
March 20, 2014
Bret Hart
Years before the Bret Hart screwjob in Montreal, Vince McMahon pulled the same trick on Wendi Richter. Since she would not sign a new contract with the company, McMahon wanted to take the belt off of her, so instead of telling her about it, the future WWE CEO opted to put the Fabulous Moolah in a mask. Along with the referee, Moolah changed the ending and took the belt off of Richter, whom the legendary performer trained.
March 20, 2014
Bryan Clark
Since the video game was sweeping the nation, WCW decided to capitalize on the popularity of the Mortal Kombat series by creating wrestling characters that were similar to the ones in the game. Bryan Clark, Ernest Miller, Glacier and Chris Kanyon were given characters that were part MMA fighters and part superheroes.
March 20, 2014
La Parka
For those of us that watched him in WCW, La Parka will forever have a small place the hearts of professional wrestling fans. The story of his mask has been a topic of interest for people. After going through several different characters and several different masks, the performer finally settled on the skeleton look because it was inspired by the Day of the Dead celebration that takes place in Mexico each year.
March 14, 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
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