By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Wrestling legend King Kong Bundy died on March 4th. He was 61-years-old.
Christopher Alan Pallies passed away in Glassboro, New Jersey. His friend, David Herro, announced the news in a Facebook post.
“Today, we lost a legend and a man I consider family,” Herro wrote in his post. “Rest in Peace Chris. We love you. Thank you for believing in me. #KingKongBundy”
In his wrestling career, he also went by Chris Canyon, Crippler Canyon, Chris Cannon, Big Daddy Bundy, Boom Boom Bundy, and Man Mountain Cannon Jr. in the ring. He was a single’s competitor from 1981-1988, 1993-2007.
As a tag team competitor, he competed from 1984-1988, 1995-2007. When he stepped away in 2007, he had 26-years experience.
According to cagematch.net, he won 628 of his 1,169 bouts. He also had 486 losses and 55 draws. In 2007, his final-year of competition, he won all six bouts.
In his very last bout, he defeated Richard Byrne on Dec. 5, 2007. He defeated Byrne at the Big Time Wrestling event at the Boys & Girls Club in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In his WWE debut on March 7, 1981, he lost to SD Jones at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland. His first WWE win came over Strong Kobayashi at the Zembo Mosque in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1981.
His biggest match of his career came at WrestleMania 2 against Hulk Hogan in the main event. This is the only WrestleMania event that did not take place on a traditional Sunday card. It took place on Monday, April 7, 1986.
Hogan defeated Bundy with manager Bobby Heegan at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. This WrestleMania was held at three separate locations, including Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York; the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, and the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
While much of his success came in the WWE, he did not hold a single belt for the company. He was the NWA American Heavyweight Champion from May 5 to June 14, 1982. His second NWA American Heavyweight Championship stint came from June 15 to Sept. 5, 1982.
He also was the NWA American Tag Team Champion with Bugsy McGraw from April 11 to May 7, 1982. Pallies also won the NWA American Tag Team Championship with partner Bill Irwin on Sept. 9 to Nov. 26.
The New Jersey native — who was born in Atlantic City — also won the NWA National Tag Team Championship with The Masked Superstar on May 6 to May 7. Yes, one day. He also won the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship with Rick Rude on Oct. 8 to Oct. 22.
King Kong Bundy also had a stint as the AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion from July 30 to Nov. 12. He also was the IPW Heavyweight Champion from Dec. 5, 1997 through June 12, 1998.
He also had four other title stints, including being the NWA New York Heavyweight Champion for less than one day on Aug. 8, 1998. He also won the MCW Heavyweight Championship from Dec. 3, 1998 to Jan. 7, 1999.
He also was the AWA World Heavyweight Champion and the MCW Champion late in his career.