Volkoff was considered a heel, the wrestling term for a figure who plays a hostile figure and tears crowds. At the height of the Cold War in the 1980s, Volkoff had disgusted the American public with red-and-red robes, waving a Soviet flag, insisting that the masses stand for the Russian national anthem and then sing along loudly.
Of the greatest villains Sport Entertainment had ever seen, Volkoff's notorious rendition of the Soviet national anthem before his matches made him an icon in the eyes of the WWE Universe as a superstar they truly hated, "WWE said. 19659003] Volkoff, who often wore the Russian Ushanka hat, became a devious Soviet villain and fought heroic American wrestlers like Hulk Hogan.
He teamed up with the Iranian army, Iron Sheik, and won the 1
985 Wrestlemania with a waving Iranian Volkoff later teamed up with Boris Zukhov to form a team of Soviets called Bolsheviks.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, he joined in support of the United States and joined forces with the American wrestler "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, WWE said, Volkoff was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2005 class, said WWE.
"Volkoff will go down in history as one of the greatest villains of all time," WWE said on its website. "Although Volkoff's actions can be imitated, they are never copied."
Despite his character, Volkoff – whose real name is Josip Nikolai Peruzović – was born in Yugoslavia, WWE said.
Several professional wrestlers happily recalled Volkoff on Twitter, including WWE's Natalya.
WWE Drake Maverick said on Twitter that Volkoff
was "the first real villain I saw defeating Hulk Hogan … RIP to another of the greats."