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    Unhappy Wladek "Killer" Kowalski R.I.P.

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    I met him on a few occasions back in the 70's. I remember him using the name "Wladek" when he wrestled, but his obit states his name was "Walter". Same thing?
    His matches with Edouard Carpentier were legendary. I miss those good ol' days of GP Wrestling.....Mad Dog Vachon, the Leduc Brothers, Jacques Rougeau, Yvon Robert Jr., Tokyo Joe, Gilles "The Fish" Poisson, Gentleman Jim Kelly (whom i met on several occasions also), Don Leo Jonathan, The Hollywood Blonds (with manager Sir Oliver Humperdink), Le Geant Jean Ferre (later known as 'Andre the Giant', Sweet Williams & Crazy Nick Carter, Sweet Daddy Sikki, Sugar Cane Chimo, Dino Bravo & Gino Brito, Tarzan "La Bottine" Tyler, referee Luigi Massera, etc. Remember ring announcer Fernand Ste-Marie?
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    His name is the one I remember best from that era. Had a buddy who wrestled on the University team and we applied the sobriquet "Sweet Daddy" to him after Sweet Daddy Sikki. Our buddy was less then pleased when we cheered him on using this name as the amateur wrestlers wanted no association with the pros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
    I met him on a few occasions back in the 70's. I remember him using the name "Wladek" when he wrestled, but his obit states his name was "Walter". Same thing?
    His matches with Edouard Carpentier were legendary. I miss those good ol' days of GP Wrestling.....Mad Dog Vachon, the Leduc Brothers, Jacques Rougeau, Yvon Robert Jr., Don Leo Jonathan, The Hollywood Blonds (with manager Sir Oliver Humperdink), Le Geant Jean Ferre (later known as 'Andre the Giant', Sweet Williams & Crazy Nick Carter, Sweet Daddy Sikki, Sugar Cane Chimo, Dino Bravo & Gino Brito, Tarzan "La Bottine" Tyler, referee Luigi Massera, etc. Remember ring announcer Fernand Ste-Marie?
    Wladek is the Polish version of Walter.
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    I met Killer on many occasions and even visited his wrestling school in Malden, MA., which is where I also lived at one point. He was a true legend in the business.

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    I remember when he used to wrestle wth a mask. When i asked him why he began wearing a mask, since we all knew how he looked like without it, he began to get into monologue mode & tell me how he had discovered the 'fountain of youth' & that it was through the mask that he was reaping its benefits.

    Of course, i was easily impressionable back then & believed every word he said. Maybe that's what i should tell the sps i see when they refuse to believe i'm in my 40's & getting closer to 50. Anyone have a similar mask for sale?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-19
    Didn't Kowalski rip off some other guy's ear by accident? Was that other guy Wild Bull Curry (boy that guy was ugly!)
    It was some wrestler called 'Yukon Eric'. Here's what i found:

    "Most famously, in a 1952 match in Montreal versus Yukon Eric, Kowalski ripped off a part of Yukon Eric's ear while performing a knee drop.[1] In reality, Eric's ears were already badly cauliflowered due to years of abuse and the injury was an accident, but it fortified Kowalski as being a ruthless villain who ripped his opponent's ear off. Further, Kowalski attempted to visit his opponent in the hospital and began laughing along with Eric at how silly the bandages looked, with Kowalski recalling years later, "I swear, the first thing I thought of was Humpty Dumpty on the wall. Yukon Eric looked at me, shook his head, and smiled. I started laughing and he laughed, too.". When the incident was reported in the paper the next day, it stated that Kowalski showed up at the hospital and laughed at his victim rather than with him, furthering Kowalski's image as a heel."

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    Kowalski is one of the great heels in wrestling history despite being one of the nicest guys in real life. He lived long and left his mark on the business not just by his own wrestling but by his mentoring - of Triple H among others.

    A far more tragic story was Yukon Eric, a great performer who fell into depression and killed himself over 40 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastender
    Another memory from our childhood passes on:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200....ap/index.html
    Wow. one of the few to die of old age. Many pro wrestlers die from heart ailments in their 40s these days.

    Bret Hart does a nice walk down memory lane in his book, relating to the era of Grand Prix wrestling. of course, i did my own wrestling of sorts at The Grand Prix some years back.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2004-...restling_x.htm
    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/...ling_0715.html
    http://prowrestling.about.com/od/wha...lersdeaths.htm
    You are cordially invited to toss my salad. There's an app for that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday
    I met him on a few occasions back in the 70's. I remember him using the name "Wladek" when he wrestled, but his obit states his name was "Walter". Same thing?
    His matches with Edouard Carpentier were legendary. I miss those good ol' days of GP Wrestling.....Mad Dog Vachon, the Leduc Brothers, Jacques Rougeau, Yvon Robert Jr., Tokyo Joe, Gilles "The Fish" Poisson, Gentleman Jim Kelly (whom i met on several occasions also), Don Leo Jonathan, The Hollywood Blonds (with manager Sir Oliver Humperdink), Le Geant Jean Ferre (later known as 'Andre the Giant', Sweet Williams & Crazy Nick Carter, Sweet Daddy Sikki, Sugar Cane Chimo, Dino Bravo & Gino Brito, Tarzan "La Bottine" Tyler, referee Luigi Massera, etc. Remember ring announcer Fernand Ste-Marie?
    Doc, I'm disappointed in you!!! You forgot to mention the most hated manager in the history of GP Wrestling, the original "Brain" of wrestling years before Bobby Heenan stole the moniker...Eddie "The Brain" Creatchman!

    YVO, Kowalski came from the generation before steroid and cocaine abuse became epidemic in pro wrestling. It was also before the time of Vince McMahon who, in my opinion, has destroyed pro wrestling.

    I met Killer Kowalski many years ago when he came with another wrestler Hans Schmidt ( who was actually a French Quebecer ) to see a country place my family was selling. Hans Schmidt actually bought it when Kowalski found that it was a little farther from Montreal than he was looking for.

    Interesting article on him at Wikipedia:

    The man later known as "Killer Kowalski" (he legally changed his name in 1963) was born Edward Walter Spulnik on 13 October 1926
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_Kowalski

    Rest in peace, Killer. You brought a little boy much joy when he was growing up watching you wrestle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techman
    Doc, I'm disappointed in you!!! You forgot to mention the most hated manager in the history of GP Wrestling, the original "Brain" of wrestling years before Bobby Heenan stole the moniker...Eddie "The Brain" Creatchman!
    It's funny you mention him. He was part of the people i listed until i deleted his name since i wasn't sure how to spell his name. I can't remember exactly who he managed....was it the tag-team tandem of Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens?

    By the way, Patterson later went on to work for Vince McMann. He is or was the guy who set up the bouts. It's a well-known fact among wrestling circles that he's openly gay.

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    The Brain managed Adbullah the Butcher and The Sheik, the original...not the feeble Iron Sheik of the WWF. Also Gilles 'The Fish' Poisson, Tarzan 'The Boot' Tyler, Don Leo Jonathan, and many more as they say.

    Here's a great clip of The Brain in an interview:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Wlt...eature=related
    And the Lord said unto John, "Come forth and receive eternal life." But John came fifth and won a toaster.

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    Smile Eddie Creatchman

    Quote Originally Posted by Techman
    The Brain managed Adbullah the Butcher and The Sheik, the original...not the feeble Iron Sheik of the WWF. Also Gilles 'The Fish' Poisson, Tarzan 'The Boot' Tyler, Don Leo Jonathan, and many more as they say.

    Here's a great clip of The Brain in an interview:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Wlt...eature=related
    Eddie Creatchman started as a wrestling referee in the late 1950's whose signature move was getting tangled in the ropes during the match and not being able to count-out the villain. He started managing in the late 1960's.
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    Other popular & lesser names from the golden age of wrestling in Mtl:

    Johnny War Eagle
    Billy Two Rivers
    Bull Gregory (the fucker would spit at the crowd whenever he'd get it...totally gross! My brother hid under his chair & i regretted not bringing an umbrella!)
    The Green Hornet
    The Destroyer
    Gigi the Greek (400 lbs guy who actually was pretty athletic)
    Sailor White
    Frenchie Martin
    Roy Callender (Mr. Universe)
    Edouard Ethifier
    Jackie Wiecz (Edwouard Carpentier's nephew)
    Len Shelley (i don't believe this bum's ever won a match....ever!)

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