In the last episode of What Happened When starring Tony Schiavone and Conrad Thompson, they covered World Championship Wrestling on TBS from February 15, 1986.
Schiavone also recounted how Nikita Koloff met his wife.
Schiavone said, “Miss Alabama has started showing up for the recordings. I rode with Nikita sometimes. On one of the trips, Nikita told me, “Do you know that girl, Miss Alabama? See if she would date me. I said, “How can I do this? He said, “I don’t know. You said she was there. Get her number and see if she’ll date me. I said, ‘Ok.’ I don’t remember how I got her number, but I got her number. I called her from the office. I remember the day I called her up and said, “It’s Tony Schiavone. She said, “Hello Mr. Schiavone. I said, “Nikita Koloff wanted me to call because he doesn’t speak English well yet and would like to date you. She said, “I would love to go out with him. Will you give him my number? I said, “Of course”. So I gave her the number and they started dating and they got married.
There is also another story about it that Magnum TA tells. I hate to say this because she passed away and I know Nikita loved her. Magnum claims she was crazy. He claims she really had a mental problem. He relates that at Malone’s which is a restaurant near the airport where we always went after the Omni shows, he claims that once she was talking to him and Dusty one day in Malone and flirting with them and being nice and Magnum was probably hitting her, I don’t know, and the next time she walked into Malone’s, she walked past him and ignored him. He went to talk to her. He said, ‘What’s wrong? Last time we had a lot of fun together. This time you won’t even look at us. She said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I have an identical twin who comes here too and you must have mentioned her. She didn’t have an identical twin, so Magnum said she was crazy. I don’t know if she was crazy or not, but she married Nikita.
Nikita didn’t wake her up for a long, long time. Nikita really lived her character. This broken English type thing, Nikita Koloff was serious about it. He legally changed his name to Nikita S. Koloff from Scott Simpson. He changed his name. He married Miss Alabama. I remember telling her about her illness when she was first diagnosed and I remember her crying. It is obviously after their marriage. She always came to shows. There is a really sad part to this. You know, I mentioned Magnum. She may have had separate personalities. Some people have that. There were people in the fight, and I wasn’t one of them, and I’m not saying Magnum was too, there were people in the fight who really didn’t believe that she was ill until her death. There were people in the fight who really felt like she wasn’t sick and was looking for attention or was just throwing out one of her stories, I don’t know, but obviously she was saying the truth and it was true and it was a tragedy and I loved it. She was very nice to me and she was absolutely gorgeous.
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