Nikita was one of the last "Russian" heels who
made a significant achievement in the sport. As a nephew of the legendary
Ivan Koloff, Nikita made his debut in the Mid-Atlantic territory in the
summer of 1984. Later, he had a surprise turn and became a tag team partner
of Dusty Rhodes. After wrestling for AWA and several independent circuits,
he returned to WCW in 1992 but retired in the following year.