During his time with the American Wrestling Association and the World Wrestling Federation, Zhukov was an active heel that rarely spoke. Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Zhukov competed for over 20 years under his Russian alias. Real name James Harrell, he certainly looked the part with a shaved head and a pronounced
beard. In the WWF, he and Nikolai Volkoff formed the tag team The Bolsheviks, and after leaving the WWF he competed independently still under the Russian character. Ironically, after leaving the major promotions he competed as an American military sergeant known simply as Sgt. Jim Nelson, using his real first name.