King Kong Bundy
|King Kong Bundy|
King Kong Bundy in 1985
|Birth name||Christopher Alan Pallies|
November 7, 1957 |
Atlantic City, New Jersey
|Residence||Glassboro, New Jersey|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Big Daddy Bundy
Boom Boom Bundy
King Kong Bundy
Man Mountain Cannon, Jr
|Billed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Billed weight||456 lb (207 kg)|
|Billed from||Houston, Texas (as Chris Canyon)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Nome, Alaska (in World Class)
|Trained by||Larry Sharpe|
Christopher Alan "Chris" Pallies (born November 7, 1957) is an American professional wrestler, stand-up comedian and actor, better known by his ring name, King Kong Bundy. Bundy achieved mainstream recognition in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in the 1980s and 1990s: he headlined WrestleMania 2 in 1986 against Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and at WrestleMania XI in 1995, Pallies was the fourth victim in The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania streak.
Early in Bundy's WWF career, play-by-play commentator Gorilla Monsoon, who like Bundy was a heavyweight wrestler in his day peaking at 440 lb (200 kg), dubbed Bundy "The Walking Condominium", in reference to his size. Monsoon would also frequently question Bundy's announced weight of 458 lb (208 kg), often claiming that he had to be "close to that 500 lb (230 kg) mark".
Professional wrestling career
Early career (1981-1985)
Pallies took the King Kong Bundy name during a storyline while working with World Class Championship Wrestling. Bundy was discovered and developed as Big Daddy Bundy (a combination of Shirley Crabtree's "Big Daddy" moniker and the surname of psychopathic serial killer, Ted Bundy) by the Von Erich family. He wore blue jeans with a rope belt and was a fan favorite. After a dispute with the Von Erich family, Bundy was recruited by manager Gary Hart and dramatically reintroduced as King Kong Bundy, with the "Big Daddy" portion of his moniker replaced by the name of cinematic monster, King Kong, wearing the black singlet for the first time to signify his change. He lost his hair during the feud, adding to his signature look.
He also competed in various territories such as the American Wrestling Association and National Wrestling Alliance. He also had a tendency to demand a five count (as opposed to the usual three count) for pinfalls whenever he dominated his opponent in a squash match, a gimmick he began while wrestling for Mid-South Wrestling. During this time Bundy also wrestled in Memphis often teaming with Rick Rude and Jim Neidhart against the various good guys there including Jerry Lawler.
World Wrestling Federation (1985-1988; 1994-1995)
After making a few appearances on New Japan Pro Wrestling/World Wrestling Federation joint shows in early 1985, Bundy officially debuted in the WWF as a heel on the March 16, 1985 airing of WWF Championship Wrestling. First managed by Jimmy Hart, he was immediately pushed with dominating victories over all of his opponents. Bundy also reprised his gimmick of demanding a five-count from the referee while pinning an opponent, to show how badly he had beaten his hapless opponent. He defeated S.D. "Special Delivery" Jones in what was announced as only nine seconds at the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden (it was actually 24 seconds). This remained the shortest match in WrestleMania history until 2008 when Kane defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. in a legitimate eight seconds at WrestleMania XXIV.
In September 1985, Hart traded Bundy to manager Bobby Heenan in exchange for Adrian Adonis and The Missing Link. After joining the Heenan Family, Bundy feuded extensively with André the Giant, a feud which started during an angle where Bundy interfered in one of André's matches and delivered several splashes, giving the Giant a kayfabe broken sternum. They feuded for several months, including a pair of tag team matches on Saturday Night's Main Event in late 1985, where Bundy, and André's other nemesis, Big John Studd, first faced André and Tony Atlas and then André and WWF World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan. On September 23, 1985, Bundy faced André the Giant at Madison Square Garden in a match billed as "the Colossal Jostle". André dominated the match (it was one of the few times in his career that Bundy was actually the smaller of the two wrestlers in the ring), with the match ending after Big John Studd came from the locker rooms to Bundy's aid and attacked the Giant, causing a disqualification.
Bundy also began targeting Hogan and the WWF World Championship in late 1985. Although they had at least one televised match (at the Boston Garden) and several house show contests (all with Hogan winning, either by pinfall or disqualification), it wasn't until a nationally televised match on Saturday Night's Main Event, that Bundy got his real push against Hogan. Hogan was dominating challenger the Magnificent Muraco when Bundy (with Heenan in tow) ran to ambush Hogan. With Muraco's help, Bundy repeatedly gave Hogan avalanches and big splashes, which caused Hogan to have severely bruised ribs (kayfabe). Bundy demanded a match and claimed Hogan was afraid of him, setting up their feud. Hogan demanded revenge and agreed to a steel cage match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship as the main event of WrestleMania 2 in the Los Angeles portion of the event, which Hogan won.
Later in 1986, Bundy reformed his tag-team partnership with Studd and began a feud with The Machines, Bill Eadie and Blackjack Mulligan wrestling under masks (as the Super Machine and Big Machine, respectively) and often joined by Andre the Giant (as the Giant Machine). The storyline was that Bundy and Studd, along with Heenan, claimed that the Giant Machine was a masked Andre the Giant, and was competing under the mask and alias to circumvent an earlier suspension (due to no-showing for an event), but none of them ever proved that Andre and the Giant Machine were one and the same. Eventually, Bundy and Studd began teaming with Heenan in a series of six-man tag team matches against the Machines (usually, Big and Super; as Andre's health was starting to deteriorate at this time, the Giant Machine made occasional appearances, but more often than not, it was either Captain Lou Albano or a number of popular faces—often, Hogan, Roddy Piper and others—who teamed with the other Machines). Bundy and Studd were regularly beaten, but won their last match over the Super-Big version of the Machines at Madison Square Garden. Also in the latter half of 1986, Bundy and Studd received shots at the WWF Tag Team Championship against The British Bulldogs, but were unsuccessful, often losing by disqualification. Studd left the WWF shortly after their last match with the Machines, and Bundy went back to singles competition.
At WrestleMania III, Bundy was involved in a mixed six-man tag team match, teaming with midget wrestlers Little Tokyo and Lord Littlebrook against Hillbilly Jim, the Haiti Kid and Little Beaver. During the match, after being pestered by Beaver (which included Beaver elbowing Bundy in the stomach, delivering a drop kick which had no effect, and later slapping Bundy in the face with his moccasin (which Bundy later admitted "stung like a son-of-a-bitch"), Bundy finally caught him and body slammed Little Beaver and then delivered a big elbow causing his team's disqualification and his own tag partners to turn against him. Later, after Beaver's death, in a 1998 interview Bundy said he hoped that he was not responsible for Beaver's death, saying he would not want that on his conscience (though the cause of Beaver's death in December 1995 was officially from the effects of emphysema). In November 1987, Bundy defeated Hulk Hogan via count-out on an episode of Saturday Night's Main Event but lost a rematch to Hogan in a rematch on the next episode of the series; the match was best known for the referee becoming legitimately injured when he was accidentally caught between Hogan and a charging Bundy, and Andre the Giant's post-match attack of Hogan shortly after Bundy left ringside. Although no longer appearing on the WWF's syndicated TV shows, Bundy continued to wrestle house shows in early 1988 (often losing to Bam Bam Bigelow); his last match during his initial WWF run was a televised match at Madison Square Garden in February 1988, teaming with One Man Gang in a loss to the Don Muraco and The Ultimate Warrior.
Bundy returned to the WWF in the fall of 1994 as a member of Ted DiBiase's stable, the Million Dollar Corporation. He had a successful pay-per-view return at the Survivor Series, when he and fellow "Million Dollar Team" member Bam Bam Bigelow survived a match against Lex Luger's "Guts and Glory" team. Bundy was then billed as a favorite in the 1995 Royal Rumble, but lasted only three minutes before being eliminated by another big man, Mabel. Bundy made his return to WrestleMania at WrestleMania XI, where he was defeated by the Undertaker, Bundy was later pushed down the card as a jobber to the stars before being released in October 1995 after participating in a 20 man battle royal on Monday Night Raw.
Independent circuit (1995-2006)
After leaving the WWF in late 1995, Bundy wrestled for several independent promotions in the United States. In April 1997, he resurfaced in magazines when he joined a faction managed by Kenny Casanova called "Camp Casanova" along with "Danger" Dave DeJohn and the Masked Maniac at times in USWF, NBW, and USA Power Pro Wrestling. In a match against "the Seven Foot Tall" Primo Canera III, Bundy knee-dropped his opponent and then "Bundy-splashed" him. The impact actually broke the ring, leaving the two grapplers in a pit in the center of the squared circle. This independent footage was picked up by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
His feuds against "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Doink the Clown, and Tom Brandi are among many main events in the northeast independent circuit. In 1999, at the Kolf Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin he won the AWA Superstars of Wrestling Heavyweight Championship from Jonnie Stewart. Later that same year, Bundy the reigning AWA heavyweight champion wrestled again headlining an AWA "Super Event" at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah. That night ended differently for Bundy, losing a "bodyslam match" to Koszmar Polski who was managed by Ken Patera. This brutal match was not without controversy. In a vicious move, the Honky Tonk Man demanded Bundy throw Polski into the corner, so the Honky Tonk Man could hit him with his guitar. While the Honky Tonk Man taunted the crowd, Polski quickly reversed the hold and Bundy was thrown to the corner, meeting head on with HTM's loaded guitar. With Bundy knocked out and HTM stunned in disbelief, Polski aka "the Polish Nightmare" pinned the 470 pound wrestler. Bundy was last seen at the Legends of Wrestling Show at the Pulaski County Fair in Somerset, Kentuckybin 2006. He lost to "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan in the main event, then afterwards he quietly disappeared from the wrestling scene.
He had two guest spots on Married...With Children. In 1987, he played Uncle Irwin, the brother of Peggy Bundy. In 1995, he appeared again as the King Kong Bundy character. He appeared in the 1988 Richard Pryor film Moving as Gorgo, part of a trio of ex-cons who are insolent and careless movers. In 1996, he appeared on an episode of Weird Science as himself. He is on the cover of Belgian band Asociality's 2009 album Kabaal. Bundy has also tried a career in stand-up comedy. On April 24, 2008, he was on a Norwegian TV show called Golden GOAL! Bundy also starred as Otto Belmar in the 2011 independent film Fight the Panda Syndicate.
In July 2016, Pallies was named part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE which alleged that wrestlers incurred "long term neurological injuries" and that the company "routinely failed to care" for them and "fraudulently misrepresented and concealed" the nature and extent of those injuries. The suit is litigated by attorney Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against WWE. In June 1990, Pallies was bird watching on the top of one of the two orange and white Chevron Smoke Stack Chimneys near the Perth Amboy-Sewaren border in New Jersey when Pallies suddenly lost his footing and fell. Luckily Pallies was able to save himself by grabbing onto the a small ledge on the very top of the Chevron Smoke Stack chimney using only his left handed fingers (while the rest of his body was flailing hundreds of feet above the ground). Pallies hung onto that small ledge on top of the Chevron Smoke Stack chimney for 4 full days before he was rescued by helicopter.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- The Walking Condominium
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- AWA Superstars of Wrestling
- Continental Wrestling Association
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- International Pro Wrestling
- IPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- International Wrestling Superstars
- IWS United States Championship (1 time)
- Maryland Championship Wrestling
- NWA New York
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 147 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1995.
- PWI ranked him # 124 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003.
- Top Rope Wrestling
- TRW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- World Class Championship Wrestling
- World Wrestling Federation
- World Wide Wrestling Alliance
- WWWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
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