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RIP Killer Kowalski

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Source: http://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org/Finish...htm#RIPKowalski

It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of Wladek (Walter) "Killer" Kowalski, a life member of the Cauliflower Alley Club and a Director Emeritus. Kowalski, aged 82, was one of the top villains of professional wrestling from the 1950s through the 1970s.


Kowalski, who is perhaps most widely remembered for the kneedrop that tore off part of Yukon Eric’s ear, was also a champion in several promotions throughout his career. A master of the clawhold, Killer had legendary battles against the likes of Bruno Sammartino, Whipper Watson, Yukon Eric, John Tolos and Mad Dog Vachon. Despite his in-ring persona of a “killer,” he was, in fact, a kind and warm person outside the ring. In the business of professional wrestling, there are very few people about whom one hears nothing negative; Killer Kowalski was one of those people.


In addition to wrestling, Killer was well regarded as a trainer of young wrestlers. Some of his graduates include Perry Saturn, John Kronus, Triple H and Big John Studd.


Kowalski was a strict vegetarian and credited his excellent physical conditioning and longevity to his diet. He was married for the first time in 2006 to Theresa who was his constant companion in his later years. With bad knees from his many years in the ring, he was confined to a rehabilitation center over the last period of his life.


Kowalski is one of the most decorated men in the history of professional wrestling, having been inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame (class of 1996), the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame (class of 2003), the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (class of 1996), the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame (class of 2007) and being the recipient of the 2002 Iron Mike Award from the Cauliflower Alley Club.


Please click here to visit our tribute page to Killer.


The Cauliflower Alley Club offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Walter “Killer” Kowalski. There will never be another like him.


Thank you Kowalski, thank you for everything.

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Damn, another legend gone. RIP.

At least this legend lived a long and happy life that wasnt cut short while only in his 30s or 40s.

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