Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HighSpots Releases Free Video Honoring Life of Ivan Koloff

Photo Courtesy: HighSpots.com

PRESS RELEASE FEBRUARY 22, 2017

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

Koloff.


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

image above.

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