Some sad news came out late last night that wrestling legend, in WWE and other promotions, King Kong Bundy passed away at the still young age of 61.

WWE paid tribute to the man who main-evented WrestleMania 2 against Hulk Hogan in a Steel Cage match, posting this on their website this morning:

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

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.

Smith’s Sentiment: I always liked Bundy a lot; he was a classic big man heel and a seemingly a pretty good guy outside of the ring. A real shame that he hasn’t been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. On behalf of everyone here at Vortainment, are thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of King Kong Bundy.

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