- The Bolsheviks
Infobox Wrestling team
billed=The Soviet Union
The Bolsheviks were a
professional wrestling tag teamin the World Wrestling Federation from late 1987until the spring of 1990.
The team was comprised of
Nikolai Volkoffand Boris Zhukov portraying a pair of Russian Communist bad guys. Volkoff was born Josip Peruzovic in October 14 1947. Although he portrayed a Russian as a wrestler, he was, in fact, from Croatia. Zhukov was an American named Jim Barrel, who had spent the previous few years of his wrestling career portraying a Russian.
Zhukov was brought in as Volkoff's partner in 1987 after Volkoff's regular partner
Iron Sheikwas fired for drug useFact|date=August 2007.
The pair made their first PPV appearance together in the 10 team elimination match at the inaugural Survivor Series in
1987. The pair had little success and were the first team eliminated from the match.
They then made an appearance in the 20 man battle royal held at
WrestleMania IVin Atlantic City. The duo lost to the Powers of Painat SummerSlam '88. They were once again apart of the the 10 team elimination match held at Survivor Series '88 but were eliminated early once again.
They spent much of 1989 on the low end of the card, feuding with The Bushwackers and despite being on the active roster the entire year they never made to a PPV card, missing out on events like the Royal Rumble,
WrestleMania Vand SummerSlam '89, Survivor Series '89 and Royal Rumble '90.
The duo never held any titles together, and made their last notable PPV appearance as a team at
WrestleMania VI, where they were defeated in 19 seconds by The Hart Foundation.
After WrestleMania, the duo split up. Volkoff became a flag-waving American face and Zhukov remained the Russian heel. The duo feuded throughout 1990 and ultimately culminated at Survivor Series 1990 in an eight man elimination match when Volkoff's team of
Tito Santanaand The Bushwackers, called The Alliance defeated The Mercenaries, a team consisting of Sgt. Slaughter, The Orient Expressand Zhukov. Santana was the sole survivor.
Finishing and signature moves
*Backbreaker hold (Volkoff) / Second rope axe handle elbow drop (Zhukov) combination
Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
**Worst Tag Team (1988)
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