Last night, it was confirmed that Chris Pallies, better known to the wrestling and television world as King Kong Bundy, died at the age of 61.
Bundy, famously nicknamed “The Walking Condominium” by Gorilla Monsoon and known for demanding a five-count pin, was a WWF staple during the Rock’n’Wrestling era, setting the first speed record of 25 seconds (promoted as nine seconds) at WrestleMania 1 by pinning S.D. Jones. At WrestleMania 2, with Bobby Heenan in his corner, he unsuccessfully challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF title in a steel cage match. WrestleMania 3 saw him in a six-person tag against Hillbilly Jim, where each side had two minis.
After a spell away from the WWF, he returned in 1994, this time as part of the Million Dollar Corporation. At WrestleMania XI, Bundy lost to the Undertaker, making him the fourth name in The Streak. Only he and Psycho Sid can claim to have faced both Hulk Hogan and the Undertaker, two of the biggest WrestleMania icons, at the Showcase of the Immortals.
Bundy also appeared in episodes of “Married… with Children”.
Our condolences go out to the Pallies family at this time.