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    Another somber thread ... King Kong Bundy has passed away at age 61.

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    The bad news keeps on coming. His age shocked me a bit. That would’ve made him only about 27 when he headlined WrestleMania 2 against Hogan. His look made him seem older than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Norris View Post
    The bad news keeps on coming. His age shocked me a bit. That would’ve made him only about 27 when he headlined WrestleMania 2 against Hogan. His look made him seem older than that.
    I really liked him as a wrestling 'entertainer' in that era. He played the 'bad guy' character superbly. I thought Vince gave him a raw deal after 'Mania 2. When they had him 'splash' Little Beaver in 'Mania 3 that was kind of his jump-the-shark moment.

    The Walking Condominium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    I really liked him as a wrestling 'entertainer' in that era. He played the 'bad guy' character superbly. I thought Vince gave him a raw deal after 'Mania 2. When they had him 'splash' Little Beaver in 'Mania 3 that was kind of his jump-the-shark moment.

    The Walking Condominium.
    It’s tough for the big, unstoppable monster villain to sustain long term momentum in wrestling and was even tougher back then. They build a guy up to face Hogan, Hulk wins and a lot of the guy’s aura was gone.

    Same thing happened with Andre after WM3. Even though his feud with Hogan continued into WM4, he was just a means to get the Million Dollar Man over as the next top heel. Obviously Andre was completely broken down physically at that point, but generally that was the plight of the monster villain in wrestling. Guys like the Undertaker who can successfully reinvent their character multiple times are rare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Norris View Post
    The bad news keeps on coming. His age shocked me a bit. That would’ve made him only about 27 when he headlined WrestleMania 2 against Hogan. His look made him seem older than that.
    I was thinking the same thing when I found out this morning. Too many of these guys are passing at an early age. I heard stories of their lives behind the scenes, and it isn't to shocking when you hear about the drugs a lot of these guys did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESU Warrior View Post
    I was thinking the same thing when I found out this morning. Too many of these guys are passing at an early age. I heard stories of their lives behind the scenes, and it isn't to shocking when you hear about the drugs a lot of these guys did.
    I was probably 6 or 7 the night Bundy jumped Hogan on Saturday Night's Main Event and broke his ribs, etc., -- setting up the story line for WM2. Of course, I thought it was all real at the time. When WWF was really rolling there in the 80s nothing was bigger than that Saturday night show. I still pull them up on YouTube from time to time. Those guys were legit rock stars in the 80s.

    I saw Bundy fight Hogan in I guess what they call a studio show at the Civic Arena shortly after WM2. Craziest crowd I've ever seen at a 'sporting' event to this day. The place was insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESU Warrior View Post
    I was thinking the same thing when I found out this morning. Too many of these guys are passing at an early age. I heard stories of their lives behind the scenes, and it isn't to shocking when you hear about the drugs a lot of these guys did.
    Yep and a lot of times it wasn’t steroids as most people would suspect. It was painkillers and/or whatever they needed to give themselves that boost needed to perform night after night. It’s a brutal profession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Norris View Post
    Yep and a lot of times it wasn’t steroids as most people would suspect. It was painkillers and/or whatever they needed to give themselves that boost needed to perform night after night. It’s a brutal profession.
    Painkillers, you are correct. I know a few where also big into the cocaine (Hot Rod).

    If you like to read, I suggest picking up some of their autobiographies. All of the wrestlers that I have read about talk about the rampant use of the pain-pills and cocaine. That is how I know about Hot Rod. Ric Flair tells a story in his autobigraphy that Hot Rod accompanied him to a match in the Caribbean, or in South America, and he turned down cash for his visit. He wanted to be paid in cocaine. Crazy when you think about it.

    They even talk about how Vince had in his Dr. at each show basically injecting the wrestlers with steroids. Some surreal stuff that would never fly today.

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    The most entertaining part of Pro Wrestling is now watching youtube of all the real stories from behind the scenes. The drug use was rampant and the backstabbing of each other is unbelievable. The best is the stories on the Iron Sheik.

    I agree with others, I thought Bundy was at least in his mid 70's.

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