WWE legend King Kong Bundy dies at 61
Professional wrestler King Kong Bundy has died at age 61 — hours after tweeting to promote an upcoming appearance.
Promoter and longtime friend David Herro says Bundy died Monday. Herro posted on Facebook : “Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family.” The cause of death and other details were not disclosed.
The New Jersey native, whose real name is Christopher Pallies, was known for his enormous stature inside the ring. He was 6-foot-4 and 458 pounds and also known as the “walking condominium.”
Part of his gimmick was having referees count to five, instead of three, when he pinned an opponent to show that there was no way they would get up from his destruction.
One of his biggest moments in WWE was wrestling Hulk Hogan for the WWE title at Wrestlemania 2. He would leave WWE in the 1980s only to return once more as part of The Million Dollar Corporation faction in 1994 before he left the company a year later.
Bundy also was in the national spotlight as he made spots on several commercials and on the hit TV series “Married… with Children.” On the TV show he played as his wrestling character in one episode and as Uncle Irwin, Peggy Bundy’s brother, in another.
He was also part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE in 2016, which accused the company of failing to care for the wrestlers as they were suffering head injuries. The case was eventually dismissed by a U.S. district judge in September 2018, according to the Denver Post.