Lord Humongous

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Lord Humongous is a professional wrestling character also known as a "gimmick" that was originally introduced in Memphis' Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) in 1984. The character was based on a gang leader called "the Humungus" or at times "Lord Humungus" from the 1981 movie Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. The original Lord Humongous was portrayed by Mike Stark, who was tall and physically impressive like the character in the movie. Since Lord Humongous always wears a Hockey mask it allowed promoters to replace the man under the mask without having to publicly acknowledge that it was someone else playing the part. The character became a recurring gimmick on the CWA but was also used in other promotions after the CWA closed. The character has been played by a number of wrestlers including Jeff Van Kamp, Sid Vicious and Barry Buchanan and Sid's son Gunnar Eudy.

Character history[edit]

The character was introduced as Manager Jimmy Hart's latest "Monster heel" (wrestling term for someone who portrays the "bad guys" in the ring) to challenge Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) dominant face (someone who plays the "good guy" in the ring) Jerry "the King" Lawler. The original Lord Humongous was portrayed by Mike Stark, chosen for his impressive physique. Based on the character "the Humungus" from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior movie Lord Humongous would always wear a Hockey mask that would cover his entire face as well as ring gear that resembled the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max 2. Stark only played Lord Humongous for the first couple of months of 1984 before he was replaced by Jeff Van Kamp under the mask without the CWA revealing that it was a different man playing the part. Later on CWA would reuse the Lord Humongous ring character some young wrestlers who had a very muscular physique. One such wrestler was Sid Eudy who played Lord Humongous in 1987. He would later move on to work for both World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) under various names including "Sid Vicious" "Sid Justice" and "Sycho Sid." Sid would go on to win the WWF Championship and WCW World Heavyweight championship belts. In the 1990s rookie Barry Buchanan would play the part of Lord Humongous before moving on to working for the WWF as Bull Buchanan. In 2009 Sid's son Gunnar Eudy, a rookie with an impressive physique, played the same part his father did 22 years earlier as he competed as Lord Humongous. John Gavin has played the role of Lord Humongous off and on since 1984 while John Bass also played the part from 1999 to 2010.

List of wrestlers who portrayed Lord Humongous[edit]

Start End Wrestler
1984 1984 Mike Stark
1984 1984 Jeff Van Kamp
1984 present John Gavin
1984 Present John Saxon
1987 1989 Sid Vicious
1990s 1990s Barry Buchanan
1990s 1990s Randy Lewis
1990s 1990s Emory Hale
March 6, 1999 April 11, 2009 John Bass
2000s 2000s Richard Bailey
2009 2009 Gunnar Eudy
October 16, 2010 April 2, 2011 Clint Barlow
2011 Present John Bass


External links[edit]

University of Memphis Webpage of Mike Stark (the original Lord Humongous)