Nikita Koloff Talks Time Off From WCW, Retiring From Wrestling

Earlier this week, NWA Hall of Famer Nikita Koloff spoke with The Wrestling Inc. Daily, and discussed a number of topics.

During the conversation, the former NWA National Heavyweight Champion recalled stepping away from WCW. Nikita spoke about an illness his wife had, and explained:

“Well, the time off, to clarify, wasn’t business related as much as it was personal related. My wife had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 24. She had Hodgkin’s and she went through a series of chemotherapy and radiation but it ended up coming back with more vengeance. And it was at that time, at that moment, that I told WCW that I was going to step away, take a sabbatical if you will. I mean, I’m in the peak of my career, right? I’m in the main event. I told them I’d be back, but she was a priority. And she unfortunately passed away at age 26. That’s the main reason why I stepped away for a season of time there at WCW.”

Koloff also shared the scoop on his retirement from pro-wrestling, and a potential feud with Hulk Hogan in the WWF. The former multi-time NWA Tag Team Champion explained:

“I was committed to my goals. I’m a goal setter. I always have been, for many, many years. When my minds made up, that’s what I’m going to do. So, I had made up my mind that I [was going to] retire and walk away from active wrestling, and [with] no regrets. And I look back, of course back in the days with magazines before the internet and all that, they were touting the Hulk Hogan vs. Nikita Koloff WrestleMania, ‘what would happen if?’ And I feel confident to say I certainly could have went there [to the WWF]. I could’ve had a run with Hogan, I feel confident. And who knows? It’s part of the speculation.”