Part 1 interview with Nikita Koloff - Breaking Chains
September 14th, 2020
31 mins 31 secs
About this Episode
I have traveled all over the world as a top athlete in professional wrestling. As far as "bad
guys" came, I was one of the "baddest". The story was that I was a superior athlete who came off the boat, literally, from the Soviet Union to the United States to show Americans what a "real" athlete looked like. A Russian guy who spoke not a word of English. That was the perception of who I was supposed to be. It worked. It is still one of the most talked about events in wrestling history.
The reality was that I was just a guy from the projects of Minneapolis, Minnesota who grew up on welfare. I lived the part of a Russian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For the first 13 months of my career, I never spoke a word of English in public or to anyone, except my Uncle Ivan Koloff. After this time, I only spoke in broken English. The character that I "played" was a heartless, cold, and evil person, a man of no compassion for anyone whatsoever. This was an easy character for me to portray, as it wasn't that far from the real me. (I would later become a "good guy" and a fan favorite). Upon my retirement in 1993, I found myself reflecting back on my life and career. Evaluating all that I had accomplished, the accolades, the fame and the fortune, I was confused as to why I still felt empty inside. The world told me that fame and fortune would make me happy, but I had all of these things and was still unfulfilled. In October of 1993, I stepped into a church service and when an altar call was given, in an instant, I immediately knew what was missing in my life. A relationship with Jesus Christ. My life has never been the same. The years of my journey with Lord Jesus, from 1993 to present, have far exceeded the first 34 years of my life. I have been privileged and honored that the Lord has opened doors all over the world for me to minister. I have spoken in churches, schools, prisons and the
streets of the U.S. and the world.
As I have shared my story of how God performed "heart surgery" on me, I have witnessed thousands come to Jesus and experience God's awesome power of changing their hearts and lives forever.
The Lord has not only called me to share where He's brought me, He has also birthed messages in me for the church of today. I would be honored to come and be a part of what you are doing and to help
further God's kingdom in your city.
In 1987, Nikita was named Inspirational Wrestler of the Year. In 1993, at the age of 33, in the height of his career, he retired from professional athletics. His wrestling career has taken him to places like Japan, Saipan, Guam, Kuwait, Puerto Rico, Canada and all over the U.S. Business ventures have taken him throughout Europe.
Nikita has a power packed wrestling outreach that touches the heart of every community where this event has taken place. Through these events, thousands have come to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Nikita says "We give the people what they want: good OLD FASHIONED wrestling, and they leave with what they need: SALVATION". These events have taken place from Los Angeles to New Mexico to Wash. D.C. Sponsored by churches or local businessmen this tremendous outreach can be brought to your community.
If your looking for something unique to reach the lost, who wouldn't otherwise come to church, this is it.