[Killer Kowalski Gallery]
||October 13, 1926
||Born in Windsor, Ontario
Billed from Hamtramack, Michigan
Lives in Salem, Massachusetts
|Height & Weight:
||6'7" - 290lbs
||Tarzan Kowalski (St Louis)
The Masked Executioner
The Masked Destroyer
||Flying Knee Drop
Mad Dog Vachon
Wrestlers who Killer Kowalski Trained:
|Big John Studd
|Misty Blu Simmes
Slyk Wagner Brown
NWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Buddy Rogers (1950);
NWA Texas Tag Team titles -by himself- (1950);
NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team titles w/Hans Herman (1951);
NWA Central States Heavyweight title defeating "Whipper" Billy Watson (1951);
Montreal International title (8 times 1952-62);
NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Heavywieght title (1958);
(Vancouver) Pacific Coast Tag Team titles (1961,62);
WWWF United States Tag Team titles w/Gorilla Monsoon (1963);
IWA (Australia) World title (6 times 1964-67);
(Hawaii) United States Heavywieght title (1965);
IWA (Australia) World Tag titles (4 times 1967-71);
NWA (Los Angeles) Americas title defeating John Tolos (1972);
NWA (Los Angeles) Americas Tag Team titles w/Kinji Shibuya (1972);
(Montreal) Grand Prix Heavyweight title (1972);
NWA (Florida) Southern Heavyweight title (1975);
WWWF World Tag Team titles w/John Studd -as the Executioners- (1976);
In The Beginning:
Wladek Kowalski was born in Windsor, Ontario, and is the son of Polish immigrants..
Wladek Kowalski worked at an automobile factory with his father before getting into professional wrestling..
Getting into the Business:
1947: Wladek Kowalski debuted in the St. Louis territory as "Tarzan Kowalski"..
August 22, 1950: Wladek Kowalski defeated Buddy Rogers to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight title in Dallas, TX..
~~~Wladek Kawolski also won the Texas Tag Team titles later the same year..
1951: Wladek Kowalski defeated "Whipper" Billy Watson to win the Central States Heavyweight title..
Wladek Kowalski formed an almost undefeatable tag team with the german powerhouse Hans Herman..
~~~1951: Wladek Kowalski & Hans Herman won the NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team titles in San Fransisco..
January 14, 1953: Wladek Kowalski wrestled Yukon Eric in the first pro wrestling match to be televised in Canada at the Montreal Forum..
1954: Wladek Kowalski once again faced Yukon Eric at the Montreal Forum -- where he would earn the name "Killer" Kowalski..
~~~During the match, Wladek Kowalski nailed Yukon Eric with flying knee drop, severing Eric's ear!
Killer Kowalski won the AWA/IWA (Montreal) World Heavyweight title a total of 8 times between 1952-1962..
Killer Kowalski travelled to New York City to be a part of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF)..
~~~Killer Kowalski established himself as a top heel on the east coast, and feuded with World Champion Bruno Sammartino..
1963: Killer Kowalski teamed with a heel Gorilla Monsoon and won the WWWF United States Tag Team titles..
1965: Killer Kowalski travelled to the NWA's Hawaiian territory and won the promotion's version of the U.S. Heavyweight title..
1970: Killer Kowalski won the Texas Brass Knuckles title..
January 31, 1972: Killer Kowalski travelled to Los Angeles and beat John Tolos for the NWA America's Heavyweight title..
~~~Killer Kowalski & Kinji Shibuya won the NWA America's Tag Team titles..
Part Time Wrestler / Part Time Trainer:
Mid-1970s: Killer Kowalski began to direct more attention at training young up-and-comers..
May 11, 1976: Killer Kowalski teamed with one of his students, Big John Studd, under masks, calling themselves The Executioners..
~~~The Executioners defeated Louis Cerdan & Tony Parisi to capture the WWWF Tag Team titles..
~~~October 26, 1976: A third Executioner (Nikolai Volkoff) joined the group and the Executiners were stipped of the titles!
1977: Killer Kowalski retired from professional wrestling, after nearly three decades and over 6000 matches..
Killer Kowalski Institute of Professional Wrestling:
1978: Killer Kowalski moved to Salem, Massachusetts (near Boston) and opened his own wrestling school..
Killer Kowalski has trained Perry Saturn, Triple H, and Chyna (Amung others)..
November 1987: Killer Kowalski appeared in the WWF old-timers battle royal which was won by Lou Thesz..
1996: Killer Kowalski was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame..
February 2002: Killer Kowalski was awarded with the Mike Mazurki Award, the Cauliflower Ally Club's top honor..
September 2003: Killer Kowalski closes down his Massachusetts-based wrestling school..
The name Killer Kowalski's Pro Wrestling School has been acquired by the Chaotic Training Center in North Andover, MA..
February 2004: Killer Kowalski sells his ring (the one Triple H, Chyna and others trained in) on EBay..
April 15, 2006--Big Time Wrestling: Killer Kowalski was honored by the promotions and all the wrestlers and gave a speech..