King Kong Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, died Monday at age 61, according to the WWE who made the announcement. Billed as 6-foot-4 and weighing 458 pounds, Bundy had a wrestling career that started in 1981 and spanned all the way to 2007 when he was wrestling on the independent circuit.
You know the legendary feuds he had with Hulk Hogan, including the ultimate spotlight moment at Wrestlemania 2 when Bundy faced Hulk in the cage at the Los Angeles Memorial Arena. Hogan ultimately beat Bundy in that 10 minute headlining match. There were the feuds with Andre the Giant and a tag team partnership with Big John Studd against the British Bulldogs. Those of you living through that era know how important those early day feuds with Hogan were to the WWE. Immovable force vs. the American hero. You constantly thought Hogan was going to get splashed and that would end his career.
There was a guest spot on Married With Children and even a spot in Richard Pryor’s 1988 movie ‘Moving.’ Bundy’s final appearance in the then-WWF was in 1995 during a 20-man battle royal.
OMG can’t hardly believe my friend Chris Pallies aka King Kong Bundy has passed away. Very sad news he was a kind soul. Rest In Peace Brother until we meet again.
— Brutus Beefcake (@brutusbeefcake_) March 5, 2019