Player Profile

Alex Koslov

Alex Koslov

Nationality :Moldovan
Date Of Birth :January 21, 1984
Height :5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight :190 lb (86 kg)

Alex Koslov: A Brief Biography

Alexander Sherman (date of birth: 21/01/1984) is a Russian-born semi-retired professional wrestler who goes by the ring name Alex Koslov and currently works for New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

From 2005 to 2008, Koslov primarily worked in Mexico for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), but in October 2008, he unexpectedly switched to rival promotion AAA, where he remained until October 2010. He has won the AAA Cruiserweight Championship twice and the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship once, both with Christina Von Eerie. He was employed by WWE from August 2010 to February 2012, using the ring name Peter Orlov while competing in Florida Championship Wrestling, one of the company’s developmental venues. Sherman resumed working for American independent promotions like Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF) and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) after leaving WWE, and he also made his New Japan Pro-Wrestling debut. Together with Rocky Romero, Sherman founded the Forever Hooligans tag team, which went on to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship once as well as the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship twice.

Titles

  • AAA
    • AAA Cruiserweight Championship (2 times)
    • AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Christina Von Eerie
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Rocky Romero
  • NWA UK Hammerlock
    • NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #114 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2014
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Rocky Romero
  • Toryumon Mexico
    • Suzuki Cup (2008) – with Marco Corleone and Ultimo Dragon

Height of Alex Koslov, Weight, and Body Stats

Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)

All-time Career of Alex Koslov

Early career

On May 23, 2003, Koslov, who had been trained by Jesse Hernandez, faced Kid Karnage, who was posing as “Alex Pincheck,” in Covina, California. From 2003 to 2006, Koslov only performed for promotions like Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF), and regional National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) affiliated groups on the west coast of the United States. Koslov started working in Mexico in 2005, and he later started appearing all over the United States. In Santa Monica, California, on June 11, 2006, Koslov defeated Karl Anderson to win the NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship; less than a month later, he lost the belt to Justin White.

Koslov took part in the 2008 ECWA Super 8 tournament alongside other young “high flyers” in a team setting. He upset Shannon Moore in the first round, then beat Chase del Monte in the second before falling to Aden Chambers in the championship match. Koslov received compliments for his performance. Although Koslov lost the competition, he was the star of the show. Playing the villain, he enraged the audience to the point where one spectator threatened to hit Koslov with a chair.

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2012–2015)

Koslov’s participation in New Japan Pro Wrestling’s (NJPW) 2012 Best of the Super Juniors tournament was announced on April 16. Koslov won five of his eight matches during the round-robin stage of the competition, which took place from May 27 to June 9, but a defeat to Low Ki in his final round-robin match prevented him from moving on to the semifinals. On July 7, Koslov returned to New Japan, now standing in for Chaos, the promotion’s top villainous stable. Rocky Romero, a former AAA partner, joined the group as a member, and the two dubbed themselves the “Forever Hooligans” tag team. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask were defeated on July 22 by Koslov and Romero, who went on to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. On August 26 at a Sacramento Wrestling Federation (SWF) event in Gridley, California, Koslov and Romero defeated A.J. Kirsch and Alex Shelley to make their first successful title defense. On October 8 at King of Pro-Wrestling, the Forever Hooligans successfully defended their title against the Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida). On October 21, Forever Hooligans won their first-round match against Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask to qualify for the 2012 Super Jr. Tag Tournament. On November 2, Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) defeated Koslov and Romero in the semifinals, eliminating them from the competition. The Forever Hooligans’ reign as IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions came to an end on November 11 at Power Struggle when they were defeated by the Time Splitters, who had won the Super Jr. Tag Tournament. As soon as Koslov returned to New Japan at the beginning of 2013, he and Romero unsuccessfully challenged the Time Splitters for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on February 10 at The New Beginning. Koslov and Romero successfully defended their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against the Time Splitters on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2013. Koslov competed in the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors from late May to early June. He won four of his eight matches, but his defeat by Brian Kendrick in the final round-robin match on June 6 prevented him from advancing to the semifinals. In a rematch with the Time Splitters on June 22 at Dominion 6.22, Koslov and Romero successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the first time. The second successful title defense of Koslov and Romero against Taichi and Taka Michinoku took place on July 20 as a result of their involvement in Chaos’ rivalry with the Suzuki-gun stable. On October 14 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Koslov, and Romero were defeated by Taichi and Michinoku and forfeited the championship. Forever Hooligans had several chances to win the title, which is currently held by The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), during the first half of 2014, but they were unsuccessful on each occasion. This included a three-way match on May 10 at Global Wars, a special event co-produced by NJPW and ROH in Toronto, in which the Time Splitters also competed. Koslov was supposed to compete in 2014 Best of the Super Juniors later on in the month, but he was forced to withdraw after dislocating his left shoulder in his first match.

Forever Hooligans attempted to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2015, but they were defeated by the reigning champions, reDRagon, in a four-way match that also featured Time Splitters and The Young Bucks. The following day, after losing to reDRagon in a non-title match, Koslov took a victory lap around the ring and thanked Romero for helping him succeed for the previous ten years. Koslov made the announcement that he would be taking an “indefinite sabbatical” from professional wrestling on January 9.

Return to New Japan Pro Wrestling (2020-present)

On August 7, 2020, Koslov made his return to New Japan Pro Wrestling after a five-year absence as Kevin Kelly’s co-color analyst for the New Japan Cup USA. After that, Koslov joined Kelley as a regular commentator for New Japan Pro Wrestling on the NJPW Strong weekly program.