Famous Bulgarian Wrestlers

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André the Giant
(French Professional Wrestler Known for His Great Size)
André the Giant
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Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Coulommiers, France
Died: January 27, 1993

André the Giant was one of the most popular French wrestlers ever to appear in WWF. He stood over seven feet tall due to a condition aptly called gigantism, but used his condition to gain popularity. Also an actor, André the Giant continues to be one of the most recognizable faces in the world, several years after his death.

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Rusev
(First and Only Bulgarian Wrestler to Compete in the WWE)
Rusev
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Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Bulgarian wrestler Miroslav Barnyashev, better known as Miro and Rusev, has had a successful career in the US. He is the only Bulgarian to have represented the WWE. He currently represents AEW and is a former United States and TNT champion. Before stepping into wrestling, he also competed in rowing, sambo, and powerlifting.

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Miro
(Bulgarian-American Professional Wrestler)
Miro
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Birthdate: December 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plovdiv, People's Republic of Bulgaria

Bulgarian wrestler Miroslav Barnyashev, better known as Miro and Rusev, has had a successful career in the US. He is the only Bulgarian to have represented the WWE. He currently represents AEW and is a former United States and TNT champion. Before stepping into wrestling, he also competed in rowing, sambo, and powerlifting.

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Valentin Yordanov
(Bulgarian Freestyle Wrestler and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Valentin Yordanov
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Birthdate: January 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ruse Municipality, Bulgaria

One of the most decorated wrestlers in history, Valentin Yordanov has not only won a gold and a bronze at the Olympics but is also a 7-time World and European Champion. He continued to represent Bulgaria even after moving to the US. He also served as the president of the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation.

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Kotoōshū Katsunori
(Bulgarian Sumo Wrestler and One of the Longest Serving 'ōzeki (Champion) in Sumo History)
Kotoōshū Katsunori
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Birthdate: February 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Retired Bulgarian sumo wrestler Kotoōshū Katsunori was initially a Greco-Roman wrestler but switched to sumo after gaining weight. He scripted history as the first sumo wrestler from Europe to bag the Emperor's Cup and had been an ōzeki for 47 consecutive tournaments. He later became a Japanese citizen.

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Dan Kolov
(Bulgarian Professional Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist and Diamond Belt World Heavyweight Champion Twice)
Dan Kolov
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Birthdate: December 27, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sennik, Bulgaria
Died: March 26, 1940
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Evelin Banev
(Bulgarian Entrepreneur and Published Writer Who Was Imprisoned on Changes of Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking)
Evelin Banev
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Birthdate: October 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burgas, Bulgaria

Evelin Banev is a Bulgarian entrepreneur, published writer, real estate developer, and former wrestler. He came to limelight for his highly politicized and controversial prosecutions and imprisonment. Although he was sentenced to seven-and-a-half-years in prison in 2013, Evelin Banev was acquitted of all charges in 2014. Banev's 10-year-old daughter was kidnapped during his imprisonment and released unharmed two months later.

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Armen Nazaryan
(Greco-Roman Wrestler Who Has Won Olympic Gold Medals for Both Armenia and Bulgaria)
Armen Nazaryan
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Birthdate: March 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Masis, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union

Three-time Olympian Greco-Roman wrestler Armen Nazaryan initially represented Armenia, his country of birth, but then switched to Bulgaria. While he won an Olympic gold and 2 European Championships for Armenia, he also bagged an Olympic gold and 4 European Championships for Bulgaria. He has also been a 3-time World Champion, representing Bulgaria.

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Vasil Iliev
(Businessman)
Vasil Iliev
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Birthdate: January 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kresna, Bulgaria
Died: April 25, 1995
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Sergei Mureiko
(Amateur wrestler)
Sergei Mureiko
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Birthdate: July 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chișinău, Moldova