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Cook: Top 5 King Kong Bundy Memories

Here’s Steve Cook’s Top 5 King Kong Bundy Memories, which is only fitting for the master of the five-count.

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Here’s Steve Cook’s Top 5 King Kong Bundy Memories, which is only fitting for the master of the five-count.

It’s obvious that some people were born to become professional wrestlers. Can you imagine Ric Flair, Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels doing anything other than instigating classic wrestling matches? Back in the day, folks like Flair, the Freebirds & Dick Murdoch had to be wrestlers because it was the only line of work that would tolerate their foolishness.

Some people just look like they belong in professional wrestling. King Kong Bundy was one of those people. Even in the Land of Giants, where he would regularly team with Big John Studd & wrestle the likes of Andre the Giant, Bundy stood out.

You just don’t see people like King Kong Bundy every day.

His look was perfect for wrestling, as was his character. Bundy never really developed much of a character beyond “big bully”, and he never really had to. He understood that pro wrestling wasn’t rocket science and he didn’t need to try & be something that he wasn’t. He knew what he could do, and he went with it.

Bundy’s career didn’t last all that long in the grand scheme of things. His first run lasted from 1981 until 1988, spending a little over three years in the World Wrestling Federation. Bundy fell off the map as far as wrestling went until 1994, when he made a return to the WWF that lasted a little over a year. After leaving again, he wrestled in here & there in various northeast indies, and pursued a career in stand-up comedy. I don’t know if he was the first wrestler to try that, but plenty have followed in his footsteps.

Bundy wasn’t inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame before his passing. If I was voting for a pro wrestling hall of fame, Bundy would be a tough call for me. He didn’t spend as much time in the business as many of the people we call all-time greats. Bundy wasn’t in a ton of five-star matches, and beyond the run with Hogan in 86 there isn’t much on him as a main eventer.

That being said, he did cram a ton of memorable moments into his career.

5. Being the opponent in Fritz Von Erich’s first retirement match

It tells you how over Bundy was able to get in a short period of time that he’s wrestling Fritz in Texas Stadium in his second year in the business. The strangest thing about this situation, other than Fritz dominating a man nearly thirty years younger than him?

BUNDY HAD HAIR. WUT DA HAIL? The first time I saw this I couldn’t believe it. I just assumed the man never grew any.

4. Beating SD Jones in “nine seconds” at WrestleMania

The first WrestleManias had a few matches with glorified job guys like Special Delivery getting a chance to shine. The IWC would lose their minds if something like this was booked for WrestleMania 35, but back at 1 it gave Bundy a chance to break a record.

My internet stopwatch puts it at twenty-four seconds, but it was still an impressive showing for Bundy in his WrestleMania debut. Bundy later said that Jones made it last a little longer on purpose, which was a strategy that Daniel Bryan would utilize in his WrestleMania 28 matchup with Sheamus.

3. Main eventing WrestleMania 2 against Hulk Hogan

Back in 1986, nobody had any idea that WrestleMania would become the highlight of every pro wrestling year for pretty much the rest of time. It was a WWF show name that got over once, so they tried it again a year later. This time, they held it in three locations and had a main event for each location. Long Island got Roddy Piper & Mr. T in a boxing match. Chicago had a twenty-man battle royal featuring Andre the Giant and a bunch of NFL players. The night ended in Los Angeles with Hulk Hogan defending the WWF Championship against the latest threat to his dominance…King Kong Bundy.

They did an awesome angle to build this up on the Saturday Night’s Main Event on NBC a month prior to the show.

The thing is, you can’t really replicate this in 2019. Ronda Rousey beating up Becky Lynch this week on Raw was pretty awesome, but they’re going to cross paths several more times before WrestleMania. In 1986, you could keep two top stars away from each other pretty easily by letting Hulk take a little time off to sell the beating & keeping him off televised events while Bundy smashes random people on his road to WrestleMania. They didn’t touch again on TV until Hogan got Bundy in a cage. Can’t be done in WWE in this day & age unless somebody breaks their neck.

2. Serving as the inspiration for Married…With Children’s Bundy Family

Who wasn’t big into the exploits of Al Bundy back in the day? Al was somebody we could all identify with, a true working-class zero. Some of us can probably identify with him even more now. Al, Peggy, Kelly & Bud can thank King Kong for their last name, as the show creators were big wrestling fans, and their favorite wrestler was King Kong Bundy. Bundy even got to make a couple of appearances out of the deal.

A lot of people thought the Bundys got their name from serial killer Ted, but apparently that’s not the case. Unless King Kong took the name from Ted, which would make them third-generation Bundys by my math.

1. Beating up Little Beaver at WrestleMania III

Like many my age, one of the first videotapes I rented at my local Blockbuster Video was WrestleMania III. I’d heard so much about it & had to see it for myself. Everybody remembers Hogan vs. Andre & Savage vs. Steamboat but King Kong was involved in another memorable moment in the Pontiac Silverdome that I’ll never forget. Poor ol’ Little Beaver stuck his nose where it didn’t belong, and the Great Bundy made him pay the price.

This probably says something not so great about me, but I always found Bundy beating Beaver absolutely hilarious. That’s what I’ll remember about King Kong Bundy. He was big, mean, and a pretty funny guy.


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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