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King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by naptu2: 8:18pm On Mar 05, 2019
WWE legend King Kong Bundy dies at 61




Professional wrestler King Kong Bundy, who rose to fame in the 1980s when he battled Hulk Hogan in a steel cage match, has died at the age of 61.

News of the death of the wrestler, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, was shared on Facebook by his long-time friend David Herro.

Mr Herro wrote: "Today we lost a legend and a man I consider family. Rest in peace Chris. We love you."

Authorities have not yet revealed the cause of the famous wrestler's death.

The wrestling industry and fans have shared their memories of the wrestler, calling him a "hero" and an "icon".

In a statement published on its website, WWE said it was "saddened to learn that WWE legend King Kong Bundy has passed away".

The company called the wrestler "one of the greatest and most eye-catching big men to lace up a set of boots" and offered its "condolences to Bundy's family, friends and fans".

The King Kong Bundy character was developed by Mr Pallies on the New Jersey wrestling scene, where he capitalised on his immense size.

According to his official WWE profile, he weighed more then 458lbs (208kg), and was known as the "walking condominium".

He made his WWE debut in 1981, where he quickly developed his signature move 'the five count'. Audiences would delight as he demanded the referee count to five, rather than the customary three as he pinned his opponent to the mat.

Bundy quickly rose through the ranks and achieved international fame as a rival to Hulk Hogan in the mid-1980s.

Mr Hogan expressed his sadness at the death of his former-rival, saying he was "overwhelmed" by the news.

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Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, The Iron Sheik, wrote "goodbye big man" along with a photo of the wrestler.

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Many younger wrestlers shared stories of meeting King Kong Bundy early in their careers.

Canadian wrestler Kevin Owens wrote that he remembers the wrestler as "really funny and just such a great guy".


Carmine Sabia wrote King Kong Bundy was "one of the first big stars to work with me and help me when I first started in pro-wrestling".

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King Kong Bundy was planning to appear at a wrestling convention next month in New York, and tweeted about it shortly before he died.

Outside of the ring, the wrestling legend made a number of TV appearances, including in the US sitcom 'Married...with Children".

Bundy was part of a class-action lawsuit filed against WWE in 2016, which alleged the company failed to protect wrestlers against head injuries that led to brain damage. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2018.

Lots of wrestling fans shared the impact King Kong Bundy had on them growing up.

Basilio Frusciante, who describes himself as a "passionate wrestling fan since 1983", told the BBC: "[King Kong Bundy] left an impression on me as a wrestling fan going back to when I became one as a kid... at the age of five.

"He [performed as a] "baddy", but, from all accounts, he was a very nice guy.

"I saw him wrestle a couple times... I'll always have fond memories of King Kong Bundy."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47447615?ocid=socialflow_twitter

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by naptu2: 8:19pm On Mar 05, 2019
Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan vs Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy (1986).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRZH1KzsU6c

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by mykelswa(m): 8:20pm On Mar 05, 2019
Only the 80s n 90s know him. I used to love him

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by ibknaanii80: 8:28pm On Mar 05, 2019
Rip
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by naptu2: 8:49pm On Mar 05, 2019
Andre The Giant vs King Kong Bundy (1985).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlDIbkJnA-U

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by hoodedjaystrim(m): 8:51pm On Mar 05, 2019
Even Indomie noodle Generations will come and type

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Immaculatesnow(m): 8:51pm On Mar 05, 2019
grin rip fat man

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Sweetcollins: 8:51pm On Mar 05, 2019
Rip
May you wrestle the spare key from Lucifer if any
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by freemanbubble: 8:51pm On Mar 05, 2019
Okay
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by naptu2: 8:51pm On Mar 05, 2019
Hulk Hogan vs King Kong Bundy (1985).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgdzRTAepw4

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Financesiq(f): 8:51pm On Mar 05, 2019
RIP legend
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Lordjb: 8:53pm On Mar 05, 2019
RIP LEGEND, see my signature below to stream today's games
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by jnrbayano(m): 8:53pm On Mar 05, 2019
Remember his Wrestlemania match against the Undertaker around 1996

RIP the big man
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by sonnie10: 8:54pm On Mar 05, 2019
@ Hulk Hogan, et tu brute! typing RIP.
The time you were pounding him, weren’t you aware that it might shorten his lifespan?

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by bizhop01(m): 8:54pm On Mar 05, 2019
Hulk Hogan my favourite wrestler
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Nobody: 8:54pm On Mar 05, 2019
Eyah indomie generation don't know you cry

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Lomprico2: 8:55pm On Mar 05, 2019
indomie generation right now... undecided





grin
rest on king kong cry your set at wwf made my childhood awesome.

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Gandollar(f): 8:56pm On Mar 05, 2019
RIP big guy. This is one too many within a short while. But I wouldn't say these guys are dying young, after all, Nature Boy Rick Flair just celebrated his 70th birthday.
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Nobody: 8:56pm On Mar 05, 2019
I don't know him but I know Hulk Hogan so I'm not indomie generation. cheesy

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Wiseandtrue(f): 8:57pm On Mar 05, 2019
Thought it was Hulk Hogan ooooooo
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Gandollar(f): 8:57pm On Mar 05, 2019
Lomprico2:
indomie generation now... undecided





grin
If you are not a wrestling fan, you can't know these guys even if you are an ancestor.

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Nobody: 8:58pm On Mar 05, 2019
sad
He was never a hero nor icon!
The real legend was the ultimate warrior

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by rentAcock(m): 8:58pm On Mar 05, 2019
Our childhood was filled with memories of WWE legends like King Kong Bundy, Yokozuna, The Undertaker, Mankind, Hulk Hogan, Hit Man, Stone Cold Steve Austin just to name a few. It was one of the best times growing up as a kid in Nigeria. If you had a VHS player or decorder, you were treated like a demi god on your street. We will all gather to watch WWE smackdown on satellite or cassette. Although we knew it was acting, we were still glued to the theatrics that is called wrestling. I wish my children can time travel back to 1994 when Rashidi Yekini became the first Nigerian player to score in the world cup tournament where we defeated Bulgaria 3-0.

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Nobody: 8:58pm On Mar 05, 2019
qualityGod:
Eyah indomie generation don't know you cry
defined indomie generation? undecided
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Nobody: 9:00pm On Mar 05, 2019
The king is gone.....
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by sonnie10: 9:00pm On Mar 05, 2019
Gandollar:
If you are not a wrestling fan, you can't know these guys even if you are an ancestor.

Wrong. 99.99% of kids then knew Hulk Hogan

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Nobody: 9:01pm On Mar 05, 2019
We don't know him here in Mars
Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by AllenSpencer: 9:01pm On Mar 05, 2019
This guy used to be very funny in Papa Ajasco & Company back then

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Oluwasaeon(m): 9:03pm On Mar 05, 2019
AllenSpencer:
This guy used to be very funny in Papa Ajasco & Company back then
You say ?

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by Gandollar(f): 9:03pm On Mar 05, 2019
sonnie10:



Wrong. 99.99% of kids then knew Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan and Ultimate warrior. But they were not the only ones on WWE roaster nau.

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Re: King Kong Bundy Dies At 61 by AllenSpencer: 9:04pm On Mar 05, 2019
Oluwasaeon:

You say ?

This guy used to be very funny in Papa Ajasco & Company back then

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