WWE Legend Chris 'King Kong Bundy' Pallies Dies at Age 61

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2019

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WWE legend King Kong Bundy died Monday at the age of 61.

Great Lakes Championship Wrestling founder David Herro announced Bundy's death early Tuesday morning on Facebook, and Mike Johnson of PWInsider later confirmed it, noting that Bundy had been "dealing with some health issues of late."

Bundy—whose real name was Chris Pallies—spent six years with WWE across two stints and main-evented WrestleMania II in a steel cage match against Hulk Hogan.

Several current and former wrestlers offered their thoughts on Bundy on Tuesday morning, including WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley:

Mick Foley @RealMickFoley

Hate to hear about the passing of King Kong Bundy. He was so cool to me when I walked in that @WWE dressing room as an absolute nobody in 1986.

WWE Superstar Kevin Owens also shared the story of his one and only encounter with the Atlantic City, New Jersey:

Kejwhdbmwkiajdbsn @FightOwensFight

I met King Kong Bundy in 1999. I had just started training and was helping out backstage at the show he was on. I’ll always remember him being really funny and just such a great guy. I wish I had been lucky enough to cross paths with him again. My thoughts go out to his family.

Listed at 6'4" and 458 pounds, Bundy was one of the most imposing figures of his time, and he was a perfect representation of the nickname that legendary WWE play-by-play announcer Gorilla Monsoon bestowed upon him: "The Walking Condominium."

Bundy began his wrestling career in 1981 and quickly joined World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas. He also spent time in the AWA and NWA before making his way to WWE in 1985.

Vince McMahon quickly pushed Bundy into a role as one of his premier heels, which led to several memorable WrestleMania matches. His debut on the company's biggest show came at the first WrestleMania in 1985, when he defeated S.D. Jones in just nine seconds in a match that stood as the shortest at WrestleMania for over 20 years.

Bundy then fell to Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania II and followed that up with a fun comedy match at WrestleMania III that saw him team with Little Tokyo and Lord Littlebrook against WWE Hall of Famer Hillbilly Jim, The Haiti Kid and Little Beaver, losing by disqualification.

After leaving WWE in 1988 and wrestling only sporadically for the next several years, Bundy made his return to the company in 1994. He was introduced as a member of Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation and was quickly pushed as a top heel once again.

Bundy's second stint with WWE lasted only a year, but it was notable for the fact that he faced The Undertaker at WrestleMania XI. Bundy lost the match, which gave The Deadman a 4-0 record at WrestleMania. Taker would go on to win 21 in a row before finally losing a match at The Showcase of The Immortals.

In addition to wrestling, Bundy did some acting, and he is probably best remembered for his guest spots on 1980s and 1990s sitcom Married... With Children.

While Bundy's time in WWE was somewhat brief and much of his success in terms of championships came in other territories, he is among the most memorable wrestlers of his era and will always have a significant place in wrestling history.


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