Ivan was born the 25th day of August
1942. and raised on a dairy farm in Canada . He
came from a family of seven boys and three girls
with Ivan being a middle child.
watching wrestling on TV since eight years old,
Ivan so wanted to become a professional wrestler
that he wrestled with his chores on the dairy
farm, dreaming of the day he would make his dream
come true. Ivan not only wrestled with chores
but also wrestled his brothers.
leaving school at 18 years old, Ivan finally made
it to Jack Wentworth's wrestling school in Hamilton,
Ontario. After a year of training - weightlifting
and learning all the holds - Ivan became Red McNulty,
an Irish rogue, who hailed from Dublin, Ireland
wearing a patch over his eye and wrestled as a
heel. He soon got his debut match which was against
Bruno Sammartino "The Living Legend"
on TV in Pittsburgh, Pa.
the next three years Ivan wrestled around the
Toronto area, eventually quitting his regular
job to wrestle in the Northwest area. Ivan there
acquired his wrestling experience and got his
first trip to Japan. In 1967, Ivan Koloff, the
Russian Bear was born and debuted in Montreal
Canada. becoming the Canadian Heavyweight Champion.
The next 31 years consisted of traveling to Europe,
Japan, Australia, West Indies, and Puerto Rico,
as well as the United States. Ivan won many titles
and made his biggest dream come true.
Ivan lives in Greenville, NC with his wife, Renae
and has four adult children. He remains active
in various charities (he was always known away
from the ring as a nice easygoing person despite
his vicious bad guy image).
became a born again Christian in 1996 and today,
travels to churches to share his testimony
in hopes of saving others from a lifetime of destruction
from sin such as alcohol and drugs.
History and Titles Of Ivan Koloff "The Russian
in 1942. Raised in Canada, began wrestling in
1960, part time until 1966, then full time.
1968-1969 Canadian Heavyweight Champion in Montreal
1970 World Wide Wrestling Federation And Ten Week
Tour Of Australia
1971 World Wide Wrestling Federation Champion
1972-1973 American Wrestling Association-Minneapolis,
Minnesota / Japan
1974 National Wrestling Alliance
1975 International Wrestling Alliance
1975 Two Tours Of Japan
1976-1977 Florida Tag Team Champion
1978-1979 Georgia Tag Team Champion
1980-1981 National Wrestling Alliance, World Wide
Wrestling Federation, Tour Of Japan
1982 Florida And Tour Of Japan
1983 World Wide Wrestling Federation And Georgia
1984-1988 Tour Of Japan, NWA Tag Team Champion
1989 NWA With Ted Turner, Six Man World Tag Team
1990-1991 Independent Agent, Tour Of Japan
Dutch West Indies, Philippines, Puerto Rico
Ivan currently resides in Greenville, NC with
his wife, Renae.
Ivan currently is involved in doing charity work
for "CMN", (Childrens Miracle
Ivan makes various appearances at Independent
wrestling matches, and Ivan speaks at Churches,
Prisons, Detention Centers, etc
his personal testimony of Salvation and the many
years of struggling with drugs and alcohol and
explaining about times when he could have been
killed and God spared his life..... and what his
life is like today!
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