The Kalmikoffs

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The Kalmikoffs
Members Ivan Kalmikoff
Karol Kalmikoff
Nikita Kalmikoff
Stan/Igor Kalmikoff
Name(s) The Kalmikoffs
Ivan Kalmikoff and Karol Krauser
Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff
Ivan and Nikita Kalmikoff
Karol and Stan/Igor Kalmikoff
Debut October 28, 1953
Disbanded 1965

The Kalmikoffs were a professional wrestling group of fictitious soviet brothers. It began as a tag team consisting of Ivan (Edward Bogucki) and Karol (Karol Piwoworczyk) who were later joined by "brothers" Nikita (Nikita Mulkovitch) and Stan (or Igor) (Eric Pomeroy). They were very successful in the mid-1950s to early 1960s, especially the original tag team of Ivan and Karol.


The original two members debuted on October 28, 1953 in Amarillo, Texas as Ivan Kalmikoff and Karol Krauser against George and Jack Curtis. Later, already known as the Kalmikoffs became fictional brothers and became a successful tag team in the Minneapolis territory (future American Wrestling Association) and in Canada winning several titles.

In 1962, after the formation of the AWA, Karol shortly left the promotion and Ivan begun teaming with another brother, Nikita with some success. After Karol returned to the AWA, the original duo won the AWA World Tag Team Championships.

By 1963, Ivan settled into a part-time job in the Detroit zoo as a landscaper. Karol Kalmikoff begun teaming with yet another "brother", Stan Kalmikoff, sometimes called Igor. The tandem didn't last, however, as Karol suffered a fatal heart attack on September 12, 1964 in Salt Lake City. Ivan would spend some time managing Mighty Igor Vodic while the other "brothers" moved on to other gimmicks.

In 1939 or 1940, Karol Krauser modeled for the Fleischer Studios in Florida for the Superman animated shorts.[1]

Karols wife Zosia was also one of the first female wrestlers in the late thirties and early forties. She was managed by Jack Pfeifer and billed out as "Zoska Burska"

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Ivan & Karol[edit]

Ivan & Nikita[edit]

Ivan Kalmikoff[edit]

Born Edward Bogucki (May 21, 1918 - June 9, 1996) in Detroit, Michigan, Ivan found early success outside the Kalmikoffs in Dory Funk's NWA Western States Sports in Amarillo, Texas.

Karol Krauser/Kalmikoff[edit]

Karol Piwoworczyk (Born Sept 12, 1912 Hollyok MA, ]) won one singles championship before passing away in 1964.

  • Midwest Wrestling Association
    • MWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  1. ^ Did You Know? Karol Krauser was Fleischer's Superman Model

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