Killer Karl Kox

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Killer Karl Kox
Killer Karl Kox.jpg
Birth name Herbert Alan Gerwig
Born (1931-04-26)April 26, 1931
Baltimore, Maryland
Died November 10, 2011(2011-11-10) (aged 80)
Cause of death Heart attack
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Killer Karl Kox
Killer Kox
Masked Menace
Carl Cox
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
Ruffy Silverstein
Debut 1956
Retired 1982

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. 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.[1]


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.[2]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • PWI ranked him # 417 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • Class of 2013


  1. ^ "Mad, bad and dangerous to throw: KKK shone as ring's sadist". Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Killer Karl Kox dies". Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "(Kansas and Western Missouri) West Missouri: North American Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 253. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ "NWA North American Tag Team Title (Central States version)". Retrieved March 24, 2015. 

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