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Real Name: Wladek Kowalski
Birth: 1926/10/13 Windsor, Ontario
Debut: 1947
First Match in Japan: 1963/03 (JWA)
Official Retirement: 1977
Last Match: 10-min exhibition against John Tolos, 1992/09/19 Yokohama, Japan (FMW)
Death: 2008/08/30
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Known as "Killer", Wladek Kowalski wrestled for three decades between 1947 and 1977.

Trained by the legendary Lou Thesz, he was skilled as a pure wrestler. However, he is remembered mostly for the 1957 match in which he ripped Yukon Eric's ear. Though Eric never had a grudge against him, the incident helped his career as one of the biggest heels in the history of the sport.

After his retirement, he started a wrestling school in Massachussetts, where he trained the stars such as Big John Studd, Perry Saturn, John Kronus, Triple H, Chyna, Chris Nowinski, Giant Bernard, April Hunter, Frankie Kazarian, etc.

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