Władek (later Walter) "Killer" Kowalski (August 13, 1926 – August 30, 2008), born Edward Władysław Spulnik, was a Polish-Canadian professional wrestler. Kowalski wrestled for numerous promotions during his career, including the NWA and WWF, and was a known heel wrestler. He held numerous championships including the WWWF World Tag Team Championship with Big John Studd billed as The Executioners and managed by Lou Albano. After retiring in 1977, Kowalski started a professional wrestling school in Malden, Massachusetts and trained many professional wrestlers, including Triple H, Chyna, Eddie Edwards, Kofi Kingston and Damien Sandow.
The man later known as "Killer Kowalski" (he legally changed his name in 1963) was the son of Polish immigrants Antoni Spulnik and Maria Borowska; he, his older sister Wanda and his younger brother Stanley were raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Years later he told interviewers that he never expected to be a wrestler – by the age of fourteen he was already 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm), and because he was thin for his height, he began working out at the local YMCA, but he had no plan to go into athletics at that time. When he entered college, his major was electrical engineering. He worked part-time at the Ford plant in Detroit to help pay his way.
- Finishing Moves
- Diving knee drop
- Kowalski Claw (Vice grip applied to either the opponent's stomach or head)
- Wrestlers trained
Championships and accomplishments
- Central States Wrestling
- Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2003 (TV Era)
- PWI Stanley Weston Award (2010)
- World Wide Wrestling Federation