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Killer Kowalski

Name: Killer Kowalski
Height: 6'7" / 201cm
WeightL 280lbs /130kg
Born: October 13, 1926
From: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Trained by: Lou Thesz
Debut: 1947
Retired: 1977
Died: August 30, 2008
Also known as: Tarzan Kowalski, Hercules Kowalski, The Masked Destroyer, The Executioner
Finisher: Claw Hold

Toured Australia in 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974 and 1978

 

One of the alltime great heels. Accidentally ripped off the ear of Yukon Eric in 1954 with a diving kneedrop. Was one of the biggest names in wrestling during the 50s and 60s.

Was instrumental in the early success of Barnett and Doyle in Australia. Was the first holder of the IWA World title in 1964, and went on to win it a further 4 times, defeating Hercules Cortez, Billy White Wolf and Bearcat Wright, as well a fictional title change from Spiros Arion in 1966. Appeared on the Don Lane Show in 1967 and applied the Stomach claw to Lane on the set. Had a brief 'face turn' in 1971, winning the IWA tag titles with Mark Lewin.

Wrestled in Florida in the early 70s, then Los Angeles, before going to WWWF under a mask and teaming with one of his students, John Studd, as The Masked Executioners. Ran a very successful wrestling school, with such charges as John Studd, Triple H, Chyna, Frankie Kazarian, Perry Saturn. Wrestled part-time until his last match in 1993. Was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. 



Major titles: IWA World Heavyweight Championship (5), AAC World Heavyweight Championship, Southern Heavyweight Championship, Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship, Americas Heavyweight Championship, United States Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii), International Heavyweight Championship (Montreal) (12), Canadian Heavyweight Championship (2), Central States Heavyweight Championship, IWF Heavyweight Championship, Texas Brass Knuckles Championship, IWA World Tag Team Championship (4 - w/ Skull Murphy (2), w/ Bill Miller, w/ Mark Lewin), WWWF World Tag Team Championship (w/ John Studd), WWWF US Tag Team Championship (w/ Gorilla Monsoon), Americas Tag Team Championship (w/ Kinji Shibuya), Pacific Coast Tag Team Championship (3 - w/ Hans Hermann, w/ Ox Anderson, w/ Gene Kiniski), Central States Tag Team Championship (w/ Bulldog Austin), Iowa Tag Team Championship (w/ Ripper Daniels), IWF Tag Team Championship (w/ Johnny Valiant), International Tag Team Championship (Montreal) (w/ Jim Wright), USWF Tag Team Championship (w/ Ox Baker)

Credit: Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia, Libnan Ayoub's 100 Years of Australian Professional Wrestling
Photo credit: Unknown (supplied by Mark Dalgleish)

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