Salman Hashimikov
BornSalman Alkhauzurovich Hashimikov
(1953-05-04) May 4, 1953 (age 69)[1]
Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union[1]
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight264 lb (120 kg)[1]
Medal record
Representing the  Soviet Union
Men's Freestyle wrestling
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1979 San Diego +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1981 Skopje +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Edmonton +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1983 Kiev +100 kg
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1982 Toledo +100 kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1979 Bucharest +100 kg
Silver medal – second place 1980 Prievidza +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1981 Łódź +100 kg
Silver medal – second place 1984 Jönköping +100 kg
Representing CSKA
USSR Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Minsk +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1979 Moscow +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1980 Moscow +100 kg
Silver medal – second place 1981 Ulan-Ude +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Ordzhonikidze +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 1983 Moscow +100 kg
Ring name(s)Salman Hashimikov
Billed fromTbilisi, U.S.S.R.[1]
Trained byAntonio Inoki

Salman Alkhazurovich Hashimikov, also spelled Hasimikov (Russian: Салман Хасимиков) (born 4 May 1953), is a prominent Soviet retired heavyweight wrestler. A Chechen from Russia, he won two European and four World Championship gold medals in freestyle wrestling (1979, 1981, 1982, 1983). He had also won European and World gold as a Junior in 1970–71.[1] After an unsuccessful business career, Salman spent five years as a professional wrestler in Japan at New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). There he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Big Van Vader in May 1989.

Professional wrestling career

After a long career as an amateur wrestler Hashimikov and Victor Zangiev travelled to Japan training for a professional wrestling career in the NJPW Dojo, specifically by NJPW founder Antonio Inoki.[1] Hashimikov made his debut against his friend Zangiev on February 22, 1989, in a five-minute exhibition match that ended in a draw between the two former amateur world champions, then he defeated Hiro Saito. On May 25 of that year Hashimikov defeated Big Van Vader to become the first European to hold the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[2] His reign was short lived as he lost the championship in his first defense only 48 days later, to Riki Choshu.[2] Hashimikov was the first actual Russian-born to win a professional wrestling title in the capitalist countries before the Cold War ended, at the time most "Russians" in North America and Japan were in fact characters played by either Russian descendants or wrestlers with no Russian connection.[3] In December, 1990 Hashimikov and Zangriev travelled to the United States for their first, and only wrestling show, the 1990 Starrcade. At Starrcade they participated in the Pat O'Connor memorial tag team tournament. In the first round they defeated the team of Danny Johnson and Troy Montour representing Canada. In the second round the Russian team lost to NJPW representatives Mr. Saito and The Great Muta.[4] Upon his return to Japan Hashimikov began working for UWF International in 1993 and 1994.[1]


In 2018, in the village of Staraya Sunzha, Leninsky District of Grozny, Lenin Street was ceremoniously renamed after him.[5]

Championships and accomplishments


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Pope, Kristian (2005). "Hashimikov, Salman (1980s–1990s)". Tuff Stuff - Professional wrestling field guide. Iola, Wisconsin: KP Books. p. 218. ISBN 0-89689-267-0.
  2. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "New Japan IWGP International Wrestling Grand Prix Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 372–373. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  3. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. All. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  4. ^ "Starrcade 1990 "Collision Course"". Pro Wrestling History. December 16, 1990. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  5. ^ "В столице Чеченской Республики появилась улица имени Салмана Хасимикова | Информационное агентство "Грозный-Информ"". (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-04-21.
Awards and achievements Preceded byBig Van Vader 5th IWGP Heavyweight Champion May 25, 1989 – July 12, 1989 Succeeded byRiki Choshu