King Kong Bundy
|King Kong Bundy|
King Kong Bundy in 1985
|Birth name||Jerry Lee Ralph and Christopher Alan Pallies|
November 7, 1957 |
Atlantic City, New Jersey
|Resides||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||458 lb (208 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, being performed by Jerry Lee Ralph, achieved mainstream recognition in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in the 1980s and 1990s: Ralph headlined WrestleMania 2 in 1986 against Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match for the WWF 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)
Jerry Ralph 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 was also known to ask the referee for a 5 count when pinning an opponent instead of the usual 3, showing how badly he had beaten his 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 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.
On a nationally televised match on Saturday Night's Main Event, Hogan was wrestling challenger The Magnificent Muraco when he was ambushed by Bundy and Heenan. Muraco and Bundy double-teamed Hogan, with Bundy giving the WWF Champion multiple Avalanches and Big splashes, which caused Hogan to have severely bruised ribs (kayfabe), thus setting up a feud between Hogan and Bundy. The feud culminated with a steel cage match for Hogan's WWF Championship as the main event of WrestleMania 2 in the Los Angeles portion of the event, which Hogan won.
One year later 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 literally 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 wasn't responsible for Beaver's early death, saying he wouldn't 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. Bundy left the WWF in early 1988 following a loss to Hogan in a rematch on the next episode of the series.
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.
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 to throw Polski into the corner, so The Honky Tonk Man could hit him with his guitar. While The Honky Tonk Man taunted the crowd, Koszmar Polski quickly reversed the hold and King Kong 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 pounder. Bundy was last seen at the Legends of Wrestling Show at the Pulaski County Fair in Somerset, KY in 2006. He lost to "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan in the Main Event.
Bundy has also tried a career in stand-up comedy. On April 24, 2008, he was on a Norwegian TV show called Golden GOAL!. 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. Bundy also starred as Otto Belmar in the 2011 independent film Fight the Panda Syndicate. He is on the cover of Belgian band Asociality's 2009 album Kabaal.
- The Walking Condominium
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- Continental Wrestling Association
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- International Pro Wrestling
- IPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- International Wrestling Superstars
- IWS United States Championship (1 time)
- Top Rope Wrestling
- TRW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- World Class Championship Wrestling
- World Wrestling Federation
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