As we reported earlier today, former WWWF champion Ivan Koloff passed away. A number of those from within the pro wrestling industry have taken to social media to issues their condolences and memories of Koloff:
RIP Ivan Koloff. A class act. I'll never forget the kindness he showed me when I was starting— Scott Hall (@SCOTTHALLNWO) February 18, 2017
BEFORE THERE WAS IRON SHEIK THERE WAS IVAN KOLOFF. HERE WITH MY BROTHER NIKOLAI. HE MAKE THE GARDEN SHAKE. RIP BROTHER pic.twitter.com/4q4SIVcb0u— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 18, 2017
Regardless of why, Ivan beat Bruno in the Garden.— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150) February 18, 2017
NOBODY beats Bruno in the Garden.
Thats a ???? HEEL.
A fierce competitor in the ring who was able to anger (and excite!) fans worldwide. RIP to one of best villains in our business, Ivan Koloff pic.twitter.com/ErPvsInV4o— Triple H (@TripleH) February 18, 2017
RIP Ivan Koloff.— Bollywood Boyz (@BollywoodBoyz) February 18, 2017
One of the very best this business has ever seen. Godspeed.
2 days... 2 legends gone... RIP Ivan Koloff & George the Animal Steele. #LegendsNeverDie— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) February 18, 2017
We loose another one of The Greats ! God Bless Ivan Koloff ! RIP— Hacksaw Jim Duggan (@OfficialHacksaw) February 18, 2017
RIP Ivan Koloff,it's been a tough week,Chavo,Nicole Bass,George Steel,Ivan and Marty Prince,I would feel helpless if not for my faith1loveHH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 18, 2017
broken hearted about the death of Ivan Koloff. Behind the scenes, he was a wonderful person. In ring, he was a great heel #IvanKoloff— Tony Schiavone (@tonyschiavone24) February 18, 2017
Always was a big fan of the GREAT Russian Bear Ivan Koloff. Dominated in an era filled legends. Condolences to his family, friends & fans. pic.twitter.com/2aasYcDM1q— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) February 18, 2017
Another great gentleman has left us. The Russian Bear Ivan Koloff. Proud to have worked with him & called him my friend. Go with God, RIP— Les Thatcher (@LesThatcher) February 18, 2017
I'm Sad To Wake Up And Hear of the passing of my very close friend the Russian Bear Ivan Koloff. You will be missed My Friend. Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/nziKZ2Zqy4— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) February 18, 2017
Jimmy Snuka, Chavo Guerrero, George Animal Steele, Nicole Bass, now Ivan Koloff. That's one hell of a line up for you to book for Dusty. RIP— Kid Kash (@DavidKidKash) February 18, 2017
Another bad man in the ring but sweetheart out of it is gone. Ivan Koloff made me want to be a wrestler. Believable and bad ass. RIP pic.twitter.com/BsTvsNZ73m— Virgil (@TheRealVirgil) February 18, 2017
Godspeed, Ivan Koloff. You were always a gentleman during our limited interactions and that was never lost on me. Rest well, sir.— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) February 18, 2017
Believe it or not he was one of the nicest gentlemen ever. RIP to a genuine nice guy "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff. pic.twitter.com/bjTO46qexT— Ron Hutchison (@RonHutchison1) February 18, 2017
Really saddened by the news that great friend, wrestler and brother in christ @IKoloff has passed. He will be deeply missed.— Bobby Fulton (@TheBobbyFulton) February 18, 2017
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Ivan Kiloff.Always someone I enjoyed being in the company of.My condolences to his family.— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) February 18, 2017
Ivan Koloff set a great example for me in the way he treated people. So sad to lose such a great man. A true legend. https://t.co/nsgb3bCP6M— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) February 18, 2017
Rest in Peace Ivan Koloff. Such a kind man. This week has been a rough one folks.— Brian Heffron (@BlueMeanieBWO) February 18, 2017
Ivan Koloff may you R.I.P. You were a war machine. Never forget 1st match with you in Greensboro N.C. My blow up was epic just bumping you!!— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) February 19, 2017
Wow, now Ivan Koloff. Condolences to Family, friends and fans, Ivan helped break in Buddy, so, I will always owe Ivan for that, great guy!!— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) February 18, 2017
Godspeed, my friend! My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ivan Koloff, the latest inductee into God's "Hall of Fame." pic.twitter.com/IzHwAjOrxj— NWALegends.com (@NWALegends) February 18, 2017
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