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King Kong Bundy
Ring name(s) Chris Canyon[1][2]
Big Daddy Bundy
Boom Boom Bundy
King Kong Bundy
Man Mountain Cannon, Jr.
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Billed weight 445 lb (202 kg)
Born November 7, 1957 (1957-11-07) (age 52)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Resides Paterson, New Jersey
Billed from Nome, Alaska
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Trained by Larry Sharpe
Debut 1981

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.

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Personal

Pallies graduated in 1974 from Washington Township High School in Sewell, New Jersey and currently lives in Glassboro

Professional wrestling career

Early career

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 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, wearing the black singlet for the first time to signify his change. He lost his hair during the feud, adding to his signature look.

Bundy was Fritz Von Erich's opponent for Fritz's 1982 retirement match at Texas Stadium.

He also competed in various territories such as the American Wrestling Association and National Wrestling Alliance. He also had a tendency to ask the referee for 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.

World Wrestling Federation

Bundy began working for the World Wrestling Federation from 1985 to 1988. He won the shortest match in WrestleMania history, when he mauled S.D. "Special Delivery" Jones in what was announced as only nine seconds at the first WrestleMania.

In 1985, 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 Hulk Hogan.

On a nationally televised match on Saturday Night's Main Event, Hogan was wrestling challenger Don Muraco when he was ambushed by Bundy and his then manager, Bobby Heenan, 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 Los Angeles, which Hogan won.[3]

One year later at WrestleMania III, Bundy bodyslammed midget wrestler Little Beaver (Lionel Giroux) and then delivered a big elbow causing a disqualification in a mixed six-man and midget tag team match.[4][5] During the match, Giroux suffered a back injury at the hands of Bundy, which forced him to retire from professional wrestling.[6] In a 1998 interview, Bundy said he hoped that he wasn't responsible for Giroux's early death, saying he would not want that on his conscience.[7]

In November 1987, Bundy defeated Hulk Hogan via count-out on an episode of Saturday Night's Main Event. Bundy left the WWF in 1988 following a loss to Hogan in a rematch on the next episode of the series.

In September 1994, King Kong Bundy made his return to WWF as a member of Ted DiBiase's stable, the Million Dollar Corporation. He had a feud with The Undertaker which culminated in a match at WrestleMania XI (which The Undertaker won).[8] He, however, left the WWF in November 1995.

Independent circuit

Bundy then 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, he won the AWA Superstars of Wrestling Heavyweight Championship from Jon A. Stewart.

Gimmick

Allegedly weighing upwards of 444 lb (201 kg) in his heyday (sometimes billed as heavy as 512 lb (232 kg)), King Kong Bundy was an imposing if somewhat cartoonish grappler. With pale skin and a completely hairless body, he was often compared to the Michelin Man, and the contrast of his light complexion with his usual jet-black singlet led color commentator Bobby "The Brain" Heenan to dub him "Shamu"; play-by-play announcer Gorilla Monsoon preferred to describe Bundy as "a condominium with legs." or, more well known, "The Walking Condominium". At the inaugural WrestleMania event in 1985, color commentator Jesse Ventura remarked that "Bundy's back could be used as the west screen at a drive-in."

Personal life and Entertainment career

Bundy has also tried a career in stand-up comedy. On April 24, 2008, he was on a Norwegian TV show called Golden GOAL!.[9] In 1995, he guest starred as himself on an episode of Married... With Children. [10]

In wrestling

Big Splash (with the necessary 3 count)

Championships and accomplishments

  • Top Rope Wrestling
  • TRW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

References

  1. ^ Myers, Robert (1999). The Professional Wrestling Trivia book. Branden Books. p. 4. ISBN 0828320454. 
  2. ^ Myers, Robert (1999). The Professional Wrestling Trivia book. Branden Books. p. 49. ISBN 0828320454. 
  3. ^ Powell, John. "WrestleMania 2: Caged Heat". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Wrestlemania20/WrestleMania2.html. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  4. ^ "WrestleMania III Results". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm3/results/. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  5. ^ Shields, Brian (2006). Main Event: WWE in the Raging 80s. Simon and Schuster. p. 81. ISBN 1416532579. 
  6. ^ "Little Beaver". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/SlamWrestling/littlebeaver.html. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Bundy-mania runs wild". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingArchive/bundy_interview.html. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  8. ^ Powell, John. "No worse WrestleMania than 11". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Wrestlemania20/WrestleMania11.html. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  9. ^ http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007701190320
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0642271/plotsummary Married With Children, Flight of the Bumblebee, 1995.
  11. ^ "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/j/jimmy-hart.html. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  12. ^ "Bobby Heenan profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/b/bobby-heenan.html. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 

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