Former WWF wrestler says McMahon blocked him from WCW

Mar 4, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck


He’s the big headed Bolshevik who inspired fear in the hearts of men. Now, the winner of the “Most Unexpected Voice From a ClubWWI Guest”, the legendary Boris Zhukov joins James Guttman for a massive 63 minute shoot interview on that takes you backstage during wrestling’s most popular time and looks at the business today. This jam-packed interview includes a ton of topics and backstage stories from WWF’s hottest era. Subjects include: His Shockingly Different Non-Wrestling Voice, The Night Nikolai Volkoff Fed Matilda So Much Water That She Peed In The Ring, Ribs From The Rockers, What Mick Foley Did That Ruined His Hell in a Cell Moment With Undertaker, What Jake Roberts Did To Calm Damian Down,, The Steve Allen WrestleMania Shower Segment, How WWE and TNA Depress Him, Heat You Can’t Buy, McMahon Wanting Heels To Be Nice To The Fans, Undertaker, Triple H, Frankie B. Ware’s Clipped Wings, Snuka vs. Steamboat, and lots more. For a full list of topics, head to:

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As mentioned at the start, Boris Zhukov wins the award for the most unexpected voice from a guest. A good ol’ boy, Boris talks to James Guttman about his talent for doing impressions and changing his voice. The difference is so startling that JG asks if there was ever a consideration to work an angle with Zhukov suddenly speaking with his southern drawl. Unfortunately, WWF never did that and no other company ever had the chance. Why? Because when Boris left full time wrestling with WWF, he had no options left. For some reason, Vince McMahon saw to that.

“Full time duty I pretty much left in ’91 because I was training to be a truck driver in January of ’92. When I left Vince and stuff, I was never able to go to WCW because he never would release me out of my contract. I couldn’t even go over and do jobs in WCW back in the day. Dusty couldn’t use me at all.”

James responds with a “Wow.” As the interview continues, Boris explains that Dusty Rhodes had said he would use him, but never was able to…and it was all because McMahon had a spot in mind for Zhukov on WWF’s roster.

“After I officially left and everything, Vince kept trying to bring me back just to do jobs on TV. I said, ‘No. I’m done.’ I started doing Independent Shows. But he made it hard for me. Even when I worked for Universal Wrestling or whatever, they couldn’t even put me on TV. I couldn’t even get booked on WCW to do jobs. They wouldn’t use me at all and the territories at the time were quickly dropping out of sight. The only one left was Portland and I had no desire to move to Portland because it was all dying out anyway. I saw that happening when I was with Vince. Vince told us at a meeting one time that the territories were going and we pretty much just had to work for him. We didn’t have any place else to go and that’s pretty much what his whole goal was.”

Guttman tells Boris that this situation seems to come up a lot, especially with some tag team guys from his time period. One second, Vince was friendly and the next he was battling you. As JG points out, it didn’t sound like Zhukov had any heat with WWF but was being treated like he did. Boris explains to members that all seemed to be going well until he had to return and serve as a sub for an injured star.

“Well, he talked to me about leaving, you know. It came up after the run with Nikolai. (Nikolai turned babyface) when Reagan did the thing with ‘tear down the wall’ with Gorbachev and all that happened. There was pretty much nothing he could do with me. He told me I’d be finishing up and he got me booked in Japan and all that and pretty much gave me my notice. After we all that was worked out, I remember Macho Man had got hurt. He was in an angle with Jim Duggan. So Macho Man got hurt and he brought me in to take his place. I had a little run with Duggan until Macho Man came back. Then he just wanted me to come back and start doing jobs on TV because he started offering to pay for my rental car and hotel room and I knew exactly what that was. I said, ‘I ain’t doing that.’ They said, ‘Where else you gonna go?’ I said, ‘I’ll do something else for a living.’ I learned that when I first went to Atlanta and got started, old timers said, ‘Be ready for when you have to get out.’ Baron Von Rashke said to me, ‘Jim, there’s a day you get in, but there’s a day you have to leave. You have to have something else to do on the side.'”

Remember, this 63 minute shoot with Boris Zhukov is one of over 300 stars to join’s massive guest list. Thousands of hours of audio and guests including many from Boris’s time in wrestling including Nikolai Volkoff, Slick, Jim Duggan, Koko B. Ware, Jesse Ventura, Baron Von Raschke, Harley Race, Bezerker John Nord, Jerry Lawler, and tons more. Check it out today!

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