RIP King Kong Buddy!

Those who know me, know that I am a huge wrestling fan. I have been since I was a child. As long as I have been forming memories, wrestling has been in my life. Growing up in St. Louis, we were fortunate to get live shows from Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA (later World Championship Wrestling) as well as the World Wrestling Federation. That has continued to this day. We are still lucky enough to get a few shows a year from the WWE.

When I was younger, I loved collecting the action figures. It was a fun hobby for me and a lot of money from my first job went to add more to my collection. As I got older, the quest for a career in the arts took precedence. Now that my career is starting to become stable, I have started collecting again. I’ll make a post about that at another time because I have been into it hot and heavy over the past month 🙂

King Kong Bundy action figure. Released in 1985 by LJN as a part of Series 2 of the “Wrestling Superstars” line. These were my very first wrestling action figures. I’m still in the process of finishing my collection. Only 27 more to go 🙂

I was sad to hear of the passing of King Kong Bundy. Bundy and I shared first names. I had a chance to meet him for a picture when I was very little, maybe 4 or so. Sometime around 1987 or 1988, he visited a local car show and my family went to see him. We waited in line and when we finally got to the front, I was very nervous. Bundy was 6’4″ tall and weighed 458 lbs. A man mountain to say the least. My aunt Cheryl mentioned to Bundy that my first name was also Chris. He became so cheerful. I think he could tell I was scared. “That’s a great name buddy! Come on over here and let’s take a picture.” I’ve never forgotten how nice he was. It left an impression on me. Treat all people with kindness and respect. Thanks for the life lesson King Kong. You may have been a villain in the ring, but I remember you as a big ole’ teddy bear. Rest easy my friend.