By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former professional wrestler James Harris has passed away. He was 70-years-old.
Harris was best known as Kamala, where he competed as a Ugandan, who wrestled barefoot with war paint on his face and chest. He also wrote a loincloth.
He also walked to the ring with an African mask, while also carrying a spear and a shield.
Besides being known as Kamala, he also competed as Giant Kimala, Giant Kimala 1, Kimala, Bad News Harris, Jim Harris, Sugar Bear Harris, Ugly Bear Harris, Mississippi Mauler, and Superfly.
“I’m heartbroken to hear of the passing away of Big Jim Harris, aka Kamala,” Bret “The Hitman” Hart said in a statement released on Facebook. “I met Jim in 1981 in Croydon, close to London, England, where he was breaking in as The Mississippi Mauler working with Big Daddy Crabtree. I caught up with him three years later as Kamala in WWE when he was a terrifying monster heel working on top with Hulk Hogan. Unlike his heel character, he was one of the friendliest, nicest, happy-go-lucky guys I ever knew in pro wrestling.
“I had the pleasure of working with him in 1992 when I was WWE Champion. He was great to work with and I smile at the memories of him laughing so hard at my infamous blackboard drawings. He had a great sense of humor and, like Andre, he’d race into the dressing room to see my latest cartoon was about. He always had a big smile despite all his challenges, including the loss of both legs. Always a kind and happy gentle soul. I’ll miss him for always being so good to me. RIP Big Jim Harris.”
Harris competed in the ring from 1978 through 2010. He was mainly a singles wrestler, who also dabbled in tag team wrestling.
He won three NWA titles during his career. He was the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Champion, while also serving as the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Champion.
As a tag team, he was the NWA Tri-State Tag Team Champion.
When he was the Gianta Kimala, he won the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. In addition, as Bad News Harris, he was the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Champion.
As Sugar Bear Harris, he was the NWA United States Tag Team Champions with Oki Shikina.
Harris also was the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion four times.
He won his last fight, as he tag teamed with The Weedman to defeat The Haters (Pauly Thomaselli and Vito Thomaselli) on August 15, 2010 at the JCW Flashlight Wrestling – Hangin’ with Heroes event at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.