‘Nikita: A Tale of the Ring and Redemption’: A Book Review

By  | February 20, 2017 | Filed under: News

  It is no secret that I am a “Rasslin’ fan.  Not this Sports Entertainment that is on TV these days.  I am talking Wrestling from the 70s, 80s, 90s and I will even say to the early 2000s.  I have written a prior article last year with my thoughts on this business.  I have always been a fan of the Southeastern/ Georgia Wrestling.  One of the performers from that era is Nikita Koloff.

From Wikipedia:

Nikita Koloff (born Nelson Scott Simpson on March 9, 1959) is an American retired professional wrestler,actor, and minister. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, he wrestled as “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff, which was a play on the nickname of fan favorite “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes (in fact, it was Rhodes who gave him the nickname).

Nikita was brought into the National Wrestling Alliance by his “Uncle” Ivan Koloff to prove Soviet superiority. Their ultimate goal was to dethrone NWA World champion Ric Flair. A physical marvel, Koloff was also hailed as the Russian Road Warrior. He was billed from Moscow in the Soviet Union, and then from Lithuania after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Nikita Koloff

I was never a big Nikita Koloff fan.  I always liked the American Dream Dusty Rhodes and what he stood for.   So when the Koloffs challenged Dusty and whoever his partner was, I was cheering for Dusty.

Now, let me give you a summary of Koloff’s career during this time period.   Nikita was brought in as a “bad guy” demoralizing U.S. values.  Ivan Koloff and Nikita won the World Tag Team Championship and flaunted them on TV, saying they were superior to American athletes.  Koloff had a huge series of matches against Magnum T.A, who was destined to become the tope “Good Guy.”

Koloff even went as far as attacking Magnum’s mother on TV as well as David Crockett, a TV Announcer.  A “Best of 7” Series of matches were signed between Magnum and Koloff for the U.S. Heavyweight Title.  Koloff was the victor of these matches.

Magnum T.A. circa: 1982ish

From Wikipedia:

    In October 1986, Magnum T.A. was involved in a career-ending car accident. Dusty Rhodes saw an alternate opportunity. The Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev had been growing in popularity throughout the country.   The era of evil Russian heels was coming to an end. Rhodes decided to strike while the iron was hot, booking Koloff to become a face and his greatest ally against the Four Horsemen.

    The historic moment took place on October 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rhodes needed a partner to take on Ole Anderson and James J. Dillon in a cage match. The fans in Charlotte erupted when Koloff entered the cage to help Rhodes. This evening established Koloff as one of the top “Good Guys” in the National Wrestling Association.

Nikita Koloff & Dusty Rhodes “The Super Powers”

Nikita continued to wrestling many of the big names in the area.  Then in 1988, he disappeared.  No more Nikita Koloff.  He reappeared a few times in later years but never stayed around for long.  I never really thought about it because I was not a Koloff fan.

Flash forward to 2017 and I see that Nikitta Koloff has written a book called: Nikita:  A Tale of the Ring and Redemption.   I saw it and purchased it, thinking that it would be good for stories in what I consider the heyday of Wrestling.  I must say that after reading the book, my opinion of Koloff has changed.  Not only is this a book about Wrestling, but it is a book about loss, faith and rebuilding your future.  I am not going to give away all the things from the book, but there are certain things that I wanted to share on this book review.

The reason that Koloff left Wrestling in 1988 was because his wife, Mandy, was suffering from Hodgkin’s disease and she passed away in the summer of 1989.   At her funeral, he met her friend, Victoria, who helped Koloff rebuild his life at one of the lowest points in his life.  Victoria and Koloff were later married and had 2 children together.

Scott Simpson (Nikita Koloff)

Koloff became a Born Again Christian in 1993.  He began making appearances, spreading the Gospel shortly thereafter.  He visited overseas to perform Mission Work.  Later in his life, his family was featured in a TV Reality Series called “The Preacher’s





One thing I found interesting in the book, was that he had his name legally changed to Nikita Koloff.  During the time period he was wrestling, he stayed in his gimmick, speaking no English expect very rudiment with an accent, acting like a Russian and not letting anyone see him break from this gimmick.

“The Preacher’s Daughter” T.V. Series

If you are a wrestling fan or for that matter, someone who appreciates a Faith based book, check out Nikita:  A Tale of the Ring and Redemption.   I think you will be glad that you did.


  Bobby Inman is retired from Law Enforcement after 21 years of Service.  He owns Hammer Down Gun & Pawn located in Sheffield, Alabama.  He has articles published in Law & Order Magazine, Police Marksman Magazine, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Magazine as well as several published ebooks on Amazon as well as Nook (Barnes & Noble).  He is owner of Poopiedog, an Animal Rescue Dachshund, who is his constant companion.   He is a Correspondent from the Quad Cities Daily

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