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Rest in peace, Ivan Koloff
[1942 - 2017]

Earlier this week, it was announced that the former WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Ivan Koloff was dealing with some heavy medical issues. Unfortunately, Ivan has lost that fight, as he passed away early this morning. He was 74.

The man known as “The Russian Bear” actually got his start in his homeland of Canada, where he began his career in the early 1960s as Red McNulty, an Irish hooligan character. After gaining some experience, Koloff traveled to Japan where he honed his craft before returning to Canada as Ivan Koloff, a Russian villain from the Ukraine. In 1969, Koloff debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, managed by Captain Lou Albano and becoming one of the biggest stars in the company. Koloff’s target was the WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino, who was the biggest hero the company heralded. After feuding with Sammartino for some time, on January 18th, 1971, Koloff defeated Sammartino in Madison Square Garden for the WWWF Championship with a knee drop from the top rope, ending Sammartino’s 2,803 reign as champion!

Koloff holds the distinction of being one of the company’s most promiment main event villains, having wrestled championship matches against Sammartino, Pedro Morales, Superstar Billy Graham, and Bob Backlund and being one of only two men to have challenged all four fan favorite champions. Koloff was also the first opponent to ever challenge for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship in a steel cage match. Outside of the WWWF, Koloff also found success as a tag team specialist, teaming with Nikita Koloff and/or Krusher Krushev in a team often referred to as The Russians.

Koloff traveled through the 70s and 80s as a journeyman superstar, wrestling in Georgia, Florida, and the Mid-Atlantic territories for the NWA, capturing the NWA World Tag Team Championships in 1981 with partner Ray Stevens. This was only one of several reigns Koloff would have as a tag team champion, having also captured the titles with such wrestlers as Nikita, Pat Patterson, and Ole Anderson. In 1992, Koloff wrestled in the very first ECW card, as well as the first Smoky Mountain Wrestling television taping.

To say that Ivan Koloff had a successful wrestling career would be an understatement. He was a career heel, working dilligently through every notable company and with a “who’s who” of talent in his 30+ year career. Ivan was a wrestler’s wrestler, a good hand, and a talent who could make even the most bland superstar look like a million bucks. Rest in peace, Ivan Koloff.

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It is during 1952 when WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) has been founded to individuals naming Toots Mondt (an American Wrestler promoter) and Jessie McMahon (a professional wrestler and a boxing promote). The first name registered was CWC which stands for “Capitol Wrestling Corporation” then its next name after several years became WWWF which stands for “World Wide Wrestling Federation” until it came to another change to WWF which stands for “World Wrestling Federation”. Now, it is the “World Wrestling Entertainment” or WWE which serves as the largest company for professional wrestlers in the whole world.

Everyone knows that wrestling is one of the professional sports that are allowing those who are physically and emotionally stable to play the game. It is a sport that most popular in men. However, not only men have the chance to show their strength and capacity to defeat their contenders inside the wrestling arena but also the women who have the strength to defend their women contenders. That is why WWE came up with the idea of including women to the battle of strength, courage and wisdom.

It was year 2008 when the first DIVA championship has begun to reign in the competition for which among women in the arena can get the title as the WWE DIVA champion. These women in the arena have been fighting for their goal of getting thee belts and to be known as the strongest female wrestler. From the year it started, there are already champions that have experienced to win the battle and get the championship belt. These are the following WWE DIVA champions from the day it has started to air on the television:

  • Michelle MacCool
  • Maryse
  • Alicia
  • Fox
  • Melina
  • Kaitlyn
  • AJ Lee

They are the DIVA champions that are currently fighting for the title of winning the championship belt. All of them has experienced to be praised by being the champion of the championship and has shown their strength inside the arena. They are not just a simple DIVA champions as they also get the chance to become the cover of a popular magazine company which is the playboy. This opportunity for them became one of the achievements aside from being the champion of WWE DIVA championship. This is one thing that many people consider as one of the best way of women on showing what they can do. WWE DIVAS are always open for female who are not just beautiful but also powerful enough to defeat other potential DIVAS who could win the title. If you are interested, you can also be one of them and keep your title for a long time as long as you want. The given lists of women are the recent championships and they are only few of many WWE DIVA in the history that has made it to the top while keeping their title with them. If you want to become one of them and you believe that you are capable of defeating them, you can join the battle through passing the company’s qualifications.

Dusty Rhodes
[September 26th, 1977]

Right outta’ the gate, thank you Brandi Runnels. Thank you for letting me utilize your groovy blog to share a few thoughts with followers of the Rhodes Family…our family, and thank you for the chance that somewhere & somehow my Father will be able to hear what I’m saying.

And secondly, there is such a thing as too much death…too much melancholy…too morbid of a discussion, and for those who don’t want to engage in that; I suggest you read this no further and enjoy the rest of your day or night. No offense taken.

So where do we begin?? Why did I even want to become a professional wrestler?? Here’s something I only ever shared with my employer, not even Dad…

It was a picture.

…a picture that used to adorn the mantle in my parents’ bedroom at our ol’ Marietta home. The bedroom with a “king” bed that was the size of a Manhattan apartment. It’s a picture of Dusty Rhodes holding up the then WWWF Title(world wide wrestling federation). The picture was taken on September 26 1977 in the world’s most famous arena Madison Square Garden. Dad had told me about Studio54, he and Mom hanging out with Warhol and other luminaries…he told me about the cops on horseback…the broadway nights, but as far as little seven year old me was concerned, I was confused…I was confused because my Dad never was the WWWF Champion.

So he told me…”champion’s advantage”…Daddy had won the contest by count-out, and the title cannot change hands on a count-out or disqualification. They took it from him.

So I knew, I knew at seven years old…I knew what my job was…what the mission was.

And of course, I became obsessed with pro-wrestling, I tried to be an insufferable know-it-all when it came to the history and the holds. But the mission didn’t change.

It was to win the title we now call The WWE World Heavyweight Championship. To put it on his shoulder while he sat in the front row with my Mother and Sisters, and I would tell him “we get to keep it this time and you were right…it is real”

So that dream, it dies with you Dream. I didn’t get it done.

As Tom Paris would say…”no hopes, no disappointments.”

- Cody Rhodes