Walter “Killer” Kowalski passed away yesterday with wife Theresa at his side in a Massachusetts hospital. On August 8, Kowalski suffered a massive heart attack, and was taken off of life support August 18. As he did in the ring, Kowalski fought valiantly, but succumbed on August 30 at the age of 81.
Killer had a successful 30 year career in wrestling beginning all the way back in 1947; and won numerous titles in both the WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation) and NWA. Kowalski also ran his own wrestling school with the most famous graduate being Paul “Triple H” Levesque.
Walter Kowalski is a WWE Hall of Fame member and was inducted back in 1996 by Triple H. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Kowalski family.
John Cena: Cena underwent neck surgery on August 26 to repair a herniated disc. The discs were not fused together as in the cases of Chris Benoit and Edge, but is the same procedure (by the same Dr. Maroon) that was performed on Kurt Angle.
The repair to Angle did not last as he had to have more work done on it later, however, Angle has had much more serious neck problems in the past than Cena. The fusion surgery would have kept Cena out for a year, but this procedure should have him on the sidelines anywhere from 2 to 4 months.
If an injury can ever be seen as a ‘good thing’ this may have been the perfect time. Some time away from the camera should freshen up Cena’s character a bit, and the injury can always be used as a reason to rekindle the feud with Batista. Only time will tell I suppose.
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Andy McNamara is a SLAM! Wrestling freelance writer, as well as life long wrestling fan. He is also the play-by-play broadcaster for Toronto Maple Leafs inter-county league baseball, along with university basketball and volleyball on Rogers Television in Toronto.