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Boris Zhukov on Being in the First Royal Rumble, Why Lana & Rusev Don’t Have The Heat He Did

January 29, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

– Borus Zhukov appeared on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling this past week and discussed the Royal Rumble, Jimmy Snuka and more. Some highlights are below:

On participating in the first Royal Rumble: “When the Rumble was added it was at that time it was just starting to grow and it was growing and getting so big back then and to the point it has gotten to today is just so unbelievable. It has really, really grown and WOW, I believe it has really grown into something a lot bigger than I ever thought it would be.”

On the Bolsheviks breaking up: “Well with what was happening with the country with Gorbachev and Reagan and the wall coming down, Vince is really big on doing stuff that makes sense in what was going on with the news and all that stuff. Since the Soviet Union was falling apart it was time for the Bolsheviks to fall apart and it all made sense because it was a story in the world and he wanted to tell a story too in the wrestling world that the differences between Nikolai and myself and the timing on that was all right. I can’t blame Vince for doing that because trying to keep up the way it had been going, I don’t think the people would have bought it as well. The heat was going away, the wall was coming down and the Soviet Union was going to be no more and that was the heat. All that was going away, so it all came together like it was supposed to.”

On whether “old school” Vince McMahon would have had Putin featured more on WWE TV with Rusev and Lana: “It is not the same. The Russia today is not the Russia it was back then. The differences between the Soviet Union and the United States was brutal. The old Russian leaders would talk about burying the United States and anybody that gets in their way and they even shot an American plane down. You can’t get any more heat than shooting an American plane down. With the wall and all that stuff, to me it is two different Russias. The Russians today don’t have half the heat that we had back then.”

On Jimmy Snuka: “When I came to the Mid Atlantic area he (Jimmy) was a heel so we traveled a lot together. Jimmy just had a pulse and he knew how to do the people and in fact when I got into single matches with him in the AWA, Jimmy taught me how to take that crowd and he could just get them in the palm of his hand…Jimmy could just work the crowd with his eyes. Just making facial expressions and that is where I learned a lot of that stuff from was from Jimmy. Just how to get reactions from people with your body, your face and how to make every little thing mean something and to just milk it for everything that you can get and to get the people up to a certain level before you give them what they paid to see and what they wanted to see. He was just a great storyteller and I’ve never seen nothing like it. He was so agile and for goodness sake he could kick his legs out and jump up and hit the palm of his hands with his toes. He would do that “superfly” (splash) and I hardly ever felt it. The way he did it, he didn’t jump. He floated from the top rope and it was just something to see.”