The Mad Russian in Arizona was actually a young Stan Pulaski, who became much better known for his work in the Midwest.
As Boris "Mad Russian" Kalmikoff he generated a load of heat from the audience. Like many pseudo-ethnic villains pretending to be Russians or Nazis to capitalize on Post World War 2/Cold War sentiment, he played his Commie routine to the hilt.
The charismatic Shag Thomas was one of the objects of his wrath, which led to a number of matches between the two of them. After a Yuma encounter where the "Nazi" Karl; Von Stroheim interfered in the middle of one of their matches, an extension of the feud was formed.
The Mad Russian and his Nazi accomplice teamed up and as a partner to combat them, Shag sided with Al Kasey.
What was once a festering feud between the original two combatants became tag team fury.
The feud was played for what it was worth and all four men headed for other areas to wrestle.
As Stan Pulaski, the former Mad Russian became a major draw in the Omaha area.
All four participants in their bloody bloody tag feud have passed away. The memories live on.
Other people Pulaski faced when doing his Russian thing in Arizona included Phil Melby, Larry O' Shea, Doug Kinslow and Wally Steele.