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HIGHSPOTS RELEASES FREE VIDEO HONORING LIFE OF IVAN KOLOFF
Highspots.com and HighspotsWrestlingNetwork.com have released a FREE video in
memory of wrestling legend Ivan Koloff titled "The Russian Bear" Honoring the life of Ivan
Ivan Koloff, one of pro wrestling's biggest stars passed away on Saturday February 18 at
the age of 74 after fighting liver disease for a decade.
Ivan is best known as a Russian bad guy who did the impossible in Madison Square
Garden in 1971 when he defeated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino in one of
the most shocking moments in wrestling history as it ended Bruno's 8 year reign as
champion. That match is a moment that Bruno will never forget.
"That night in the Garden when Ivan beat me I really believe that was a first in the history
of wrestling. Because people were so stunned that night there was a fear of a riot but it
was the complete opposite." said Bruno. "You could hear a pin drop. We had twenty-two
thousand people paralyzed. They couldn't believe it because as you know I had been
champion for eight years."
Ivan was also famously remembered for his role in Jim Crockett Promotions as "Uncle"
Ivan to his nephew "Nikita" and later in life Ivan shed his mean Russian gimmick to be
known by fans as a gentle man who put his lord and savior Jesus Christ first.
"Everyone knew Ivan as "Uncle Ivan" and I called him that as well but we here at
Highspots knew Ivan as a friend.
Ivan was someone we loved working with and enjoyed
hearing his stories about his career and life." said Michael Bochicchio, owner of
Highspots. "We wanted to honor the life of Ivan by sharing his stories and the stories of
others who knew him well. That's why we put a free video on our website
highspotswrestlingnetwork.com for everyone to enjoy.
We we blessed to work with Ivan one last time this past November as he shared his stories about
Dusty Rhodes with our cameras. Ivan deserves all the respect in the world from wrestling fans and
we want to show our respect by keeping his memory alive anyway we can."
You can view the free hour long tribute for Ivan at highspotswrestlingnetwork.com or click on the