Fightful is sad to report that wrestling legend King Kong Bundy has passed away at the age of 61.
Shane Helms broke the news on social media. It was then confirmed by Blizzard Brawl founder and Bundy associate David Herro.
Bundy is best known for his run in WWE in the mid-to-late 80s. Bundy headlined WrestleMania 2, challenging Hulk Hogan for the WWE World Title in a steel cage match at only 28 years old, which was the youngest WrestleMania main eventer of that decade. Bundy went into semi-retirement in 1988 before returning to the WWE in 1994 as part of The Million Dollar Corporation. He last wrestled in the WWE in 1995, teaming with Kama in a dark match against Bam Bam Bigelow & Henry O. Godwinn.
Bundy would also appear in a memorable WWF/ESPN Sportscenter commercial along with Diesel, The Undertaker, Paul Bearer and Shawn Michaels where they invaded ESPN offices.
I loved this WWF Sportscenter commercial with King Kong Bundy in it pic.twitter.com/62Ij9rbd5T— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) March 5, 2019
Some of Bundy's career accolades include several regional championships, as well as a 1994 Slammy Award for "most evolutionary." Bundy would appear on episodes of "Married With Children," and was long rumored to have been the inspiration for the show's family name.
Fightful would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of King Kong Bundy.