Pro wrestling legend King Kong Bundy, a mainstay during the 80’s and 90’s heyday of the WWE (then WWF), has passed away. He was 61.
Reports the New York Post:
Bundy was best known for facing Hulk Hogan in 1986 in a steel cage match at WrestleMania 2, which Hogan won.
Promoter and longtime friend David Herro says Bundy died on Monday. Herro posted on Facebook : “Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family.” The cause of death and other details were not disclosed.
Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 6-foot-4, 458-pound wrestler made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1981.
The tributes, from fans and peers alike, have been pouring in ever since news of his death broke. See the words of Hulk Hogan Brutus the Barber Beefcake and more in the gallery.
King Kong Bundy with Al Bundy(Ed O'Neill) and Peg Bundy(Katey Sagal) on a episode of Married...With Children back in 1987.Bundy appeared on two episodes of the show;this one and another in 1995.the creators of the show named the lead characters as a homage to King King Bundy pic.twitter.com/1c7J1N5i2s— Rasslin' History 101 (@WrestlingIsKing) March 5, 2019
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
I loved this WWF Sportscenter commercial with King Kong Bundy in it pic.twitter.com/62Ij9rbd5T— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) March 5, 2019
Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories,R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 5, 2019
So sad to learn of King Kong Bundy passing away. A true legendary big man who paved the way for a lot of us. A true gentleman and so kind to be around. God bless you. pic.twitter.com/iDyZR865mD— Abyss (@TherealAbyss) March 5, 2019
RIP King Kong Bundy. One of the best villains of 1980’s wrestling. A man who did his job with such incredible authenticity. A rare find. Thank you for your contributions sir. Godspeed. #five— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) March 5, 2019
Very sad to hear about the death of King Kong Bundy. I think it was Jim Ross who came up with the five count idea when he came to Mid South after really making his name in Dallas.— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) March 5, 2019
Damn.— Colt Cabana (@ColtCabana) March 5, 2019
RIP King Kong Bundy.
I was barely 19 when I wrestled him. pic.twitter.com/0u8EXVpxiq