Salman Hashimikov

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Salman Hashimikov
Born (1953-05-04) May 4, 1953 (age 62)[1]
Kazakhstan[1]
Resides Moscow, Russia
Professional wrestling career
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Billed weight 264 lb (120 kg)[1]
Billed from Tbilisi, U.S.S.R.[1]
Trained by Antonio Inoki
NJPW Dojo
Debut 1989
Retired 1994
Salman Hashimikov

Salman Alkhazurovich Hashimikov, also spelled Hasimikov (Russian: Салман Хасимиков), is a prominent Soviet heavyweight wrestler. A Chechen from Russia, he won two European and four World Championship gold medals in freestyle wrestling (1979, 1981, 1982, 1983). He had also won European and World gold as a Junior in 1970-71.[1] After an unsuccessful business career, Salman spent five years as a professional wrestler in Japan. There he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Big Van Vader in May 1989.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

After a long career as an amateur wrestler Hashimikov and Victor Zangiev travelled to Japan training for a professional wrestling career in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) dojo , specifically by NJPW founder Antonio Inoki.[1] Hashimikov made his debut against his friend Zangrief on February 22, 1989 in a five minute exhibition match that ended in a draw between the two former amateur world champions. On May 25 of that year Hashimikov defeated Big Van Vader to become the first European to hold the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[2] His reign was short lived as he lost the championship in his first defense only 48 days later, to Riki Chōshū.[2] Hashimikov was the first actual Russian-born to win a professional wrestling title in the capitalist countries before the Cold War ended, at the time most "Russians" in North America and Japan were in fact characters played by either russian descendants or wrestlers with no Russian connection.[3] In December, 1990 Hashimikov and Zangriev travelled to the United States for their first, and only wrestling show, the 1990 Starrcade. At Starrcade they participated in the Pat O'Connor memorial tag team tournament. In the first round they defeated the team of Danny Johnson and Troy Montour representing Canada. In the second round the Russian team lost to NJPW representatves Mr. Saito and The Great Muta.[4] Upon his return to Japan Hashimikov began working for UWF International in 1993 and 1994.[1]

In professional wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves

Professional wrestling championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Pope, Kristian (2005). "Hashimikov, Salman (1980s-1990s)". Tuff Stuff - Professional wrestling field guide. Iola, Wisconsin: KP Books. p. 218. ISBN 0-89689-267-0. 
  2. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "New Japan IWGP International Wrestling Grand Prix Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 372–373. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. All. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ "Starrcade 1990 "Collision Course"". Pro Wrestling History. December 16, 1990. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. Retrieved 2014-09-14.