King Kong Bundy

As reported during the early morning hours of Tuesday, King Kong Bundy (Chris Bundy) passed away on Monday. Bundy was 61 years old.

WWE issued the following statement on Bundy, who was best known for taking part in the main event of WrestleMania 2 against Hulk Hogan.

WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Legend King Kong Bundy has passed away at age 61.

Bundy was appropriately called the “walking condominium,” standing at an impressive 6-foot-4 and weighing 458 pounds. The sight of Bundy stepping between the ropes was intimidating enough, but his crushing offense proved that he was every bit as destructive as advertised. In fact, Bundy was so powerful that he demanded referees count to five when he pinned his opponents to show that there was no way they were getting up.

The Atlantic City, N.J., native broke into WWE in the 1980s, dominating at the first WrestleMania and memorably challenging Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship inside a Steel Cage at WrestleMania 2.

Although Bundy left WWE in the late ’80s, he returned in 1994 as part of The Million Dollar Corporation, once again destroying rivals with the Avalanche Splash and proving that he was one of the greatest and most eye-catching big men to lace up a set of boots.

WWE extends its condolences to Bundy’s family, friends and fans.