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|Killer Karl Kox|
|Birth name||Herbert Alan Gerwig|
|Born||April 26, 1931|
|Died||November 10, 2011(aged 80)|
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Killer Karl Kox|
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)|
|Billed from||Amarillo, Texas|
|Trained by||Fred Bozack|
Herbert Alan Gerwig (April 26, 1931 – November 10, 2011) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name of Killer Karl Kox, who competed in the National Wrestling Alliance as well as international promotions such as All Japan Pro Wrestling, the International Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling during the 1960s and 1970s.
Gerwig began his career in 1956. Rumors were that in 1957, Kox earned the name, Killer, when he performed his famous finishing move, the brainbuster, on his opponent by holding him upside down for a period of time and allowing the blood to rush to the brain. On February 21, 1967, he & Iron Mike DiBiase defeated Pedro Morales & Ricky Romero to win the WWA World Tag Team titles. He defeated Buddy Rogers to win the MWCW North American title in March 1968.
He lost to Johnny Weaver on May 4, 1973 in a Hair vs Mask match while working as The Masked Menance. He won the Florida Brass Knucks title by winning a tournament, and also defended the title against Rocky Johnson and Steve Keirn. In February 1978, he defeated Dusty Rhodes to win the Florida heavyweight title.
October 9, 1979 saw him defeat Wahoo McDaniel to win the Georgia State Heavyweight title. He was cheered in Australia for one of the few times in his life when he faced the team of Abdullah & Bulldog Brower. He then retired in 1982.
On November 10, 2011, Kox died at the age of 80 following a heart attack and a stroke he had suffered nearly three weeks prior.
Championships and accomplishments
- American Wrestling Association
- Nebraska Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- PWI ranked him # 417 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003
- Class of 2013
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