Jim Barrell (born December
13, 1959) is an American professional wrestler best known as
Boris Zhukov (sometimes spelled Boris Zukhov) in
his time with the World
Barrell started wrestling in 1982 as "Pvt. Jim Nelson" in Sgt. Slaughter
's "Cobra Corps" in the NWA
's Jim Crockett Promotions
frequently teamed with Don Kernodle
he feuded with Porkchop Cash.
he went to Alabama's Southeast Championship
Wrestling and continued his feud with Cash.
he went to the American
Wrestling Association as "Boris Zukhov" from the Soviet Union, taking on Chris Markoff as his manager and
challenging AWA World Champion Rick
Martel and AWA Americas Champion Sgt.
In 1987, he formed a tag team with Soldat
under Sheik Adnan El
's management. The pair won the AWA World tag team title
that same year. Zhukov, however, left the AWA for the WWF while he
was still one half of the tag team champions (the storyline
Wahoo McDaniel chased him out after a brutal chain match
As a result, former tag team title holder Doug Somers
was brought in to team with Ustinov,
losing the titles to the team of Jerry
and Bill Dundee
Upon entering the WWF, he formed a team with Nikolai Volkoff
known as The Bolsheviks
. They teamed for over 2 years,
but never rose above mid-card status. By mid 1990, Zukhov was
wrestling in singles competition, being used primarily as a jobber.
He even feuded with his former tag team partner when Volkoff
received a push as a face that same year.
Zhukov then left the WWF for the independent circuit until he
retired in 1996.
often makes appearances for many independent promotions in Virginia and North Carolina and has returned to his Jim Nelson character, now
as a Sergeant.
Championships and accomplishments
Birthdate:January 29, 1959 Roanoke Va
Real Name:James Kirk Harrell
Debut:May 1979 New Castle Va Mid Eastern Championship Wrestling May 1980 Georgia Championship Wrestling Atlanta TV
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