NEW YORK — King Kong Bundy, a colossal professional wrestler who tangled with stars such as Hulk Hogan and the Undertaker in the 1980s and ‘90s, died Monday at his home in Glassboro, N.J. He was 63.
His death was confirmed by his sister Noreen Watson
Professional wrestlers tend to be sizable, but Mr. Bundy, whose birth name was Christopher Pallies, was massive even by wrestling standards. A bald, scowling goliath, he stood about 6 feet 4 inches tall and was said to weigh 450 pounds or more in his prime.
His fellow wrestler Gorilla Monsoon called him a “walking condominium,” and an announcer at a 1985 match sponsored by the World Wrestling Federation (as WWE was then known) said that colliding with Mr. Bundy’s outstretched arm was like “running into a Sherman tank.”
Mr. Bundy brought his bulk and surprising agility to bear in his matches. He relied on moves like the avalanche, which involved launching his chest at a standing opponent’s face, and the splash, which involved belly-flopping onto an opponent on the mat.
In one memorable match at the first WrestleMania, in 1985 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Mr. Bundy snatched Special Delivery Jones in a bear hug, slammed him into the turnbuckle, hit him with an avalanche, and then finished him with a splash, pinning him in a matter of seconds.
Mr. Bundy left professional wrestling in the late 1980s but returned for a time in the ’90s and continued wrestling into the 2000s. He appeared on two episodes of Fox sitcom “Married With Children” and one episode of USA sitcom “Weird Science.” And he had a small role in the film “Moving” (1988), which starred Richard Pryor.
In addition to his sister Noreen, Mr. Bundy leaves another sister, Kate Pallies; his father, Donald; three brothers, Donald, Jeff and Tim; and a son, David.