‘The Russian Bear’ Ivan Koloff Dead at 74
It’s been a very sad week for wrestling fans this week – the death of ‘The Russian Bear’ Ivan Koloff marks the fourth former WWE pro-wrestler and wrestling legend to pass away this week alone.
Ivan Koloff was a huge WWE (or at the time rather WWWF) superstar, and even managed to do something nobody saw coming at the time – beat Bruno Sammartino (who had just held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship for nearly 8 freaking years!)
These two squared off in New York City and the legendary Madison Square Garden arena. Below is Bruno Sammartino vs. Ivan Koloff in its entirety, as well as other various highlights from ‘the Russian Bears’ legendary career.