King Kong Bundy almost knocked me out once.
At the young age of three, I became obsessed with professional wrestling. I watched it constantly. Seeing wrestlers from Scotty 2 Hotty to The Rock, these guys became real life superheroes to me.
Superheroes always need a villain. King Kong Bundy was that villain. Weighing in at over 450 lbs., he was a monster. He demanded the referee counted to 5 instead of 3 when he pinned his opponents. He was a human wrecking ball. His pinnacle in the WWE was when he faced of against the ultimate superhero, Hulk Hogan, in the main event of Wrestlemania 2 in a steel cage match. A weak card for Mania, Bundy stole the show. If you are prepping for the Super Bowl of professional wrestling like I do and rewatching past Manias, check out this match. Great storytelling and a great match that saved this Wrestlemania from being forgotten.
Bundy and I have some history as well. Picture this. A 10 year old Pat Pitts walks into an indie wrestling show in Cape Cod, MA. A high school gymnasium filled with a ring, chairs, and entrance stage. I'm in my element. I look to my left and see that King Kong Bundy is signing autographs. I go crazy. I run over with my two cousins. Stand in line with picture in hand. Hand over the picture for him to sign. I begin to fangirl. "What was it like working in WWE? Is Hulk Hogan a good guy? What was it like to lose to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania?"
He snaps. He stared into my soul, leans over the wooden table and says, "Listen kid, I don't know who you are, but if you don't leave in 10 seconds, I'm going to make you leave."
I pissed my pants. Face turned bright red. Turned around and left. My cousins are howling. "King Kong Bundy almost knocked you out hahaha." That moment taught me something. Wrestlers travel almost 300 days out of the year. Put their bodies on the line night in and night out. Then have to deal with the best and worst of fan interactions. So your Pat Pitts lesson for the day: If you see a celebrity, professional athlete out in public, be respectful. Make the conversation brief and snap a picture for memories. Don't be like 4th grade Pat Pitts.
Rest in peace Christopher Alan "King Kong Bundy" Pallies. You changed the landscape of wrestling paving the way for giants to main event PPVs and become larger than life figures. It's time for you to join Piper, Savage, Dusty Rhodes and the gang upstairs. They have a cold one waiting for you.