Who Was Kamala?

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The world has learned that Jim Harris who is is known as Kamala in the world of professional wrestling has passed away. The WWE Legend was 70 years old.

The cause of death is unknown at the moment. However, Harris has had health problems for a very long time. Complications from diabetes caused the wrestling legend to become a double-amputee.

Who Was Kamala?

Harris made his professional wrestling debut in 1978. The Kamala character didn't arrive until 1982 when Harris would make his debut for a wrestling promotion that was run by Jerry Lawler. The Kamala character was a ferocious cannibalistic headhunter who hailed from the jungles of Uganda.

As part of the character, Harris would come into the ring wielding a spear and he would wear tribal facepaint as well as a loincloth. The character did not speak. He would have a total of three stints with the WWE(then the WWF) where he had feuds with The Undertaker, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Andre The Giant, and Hulk Hogan, whom he unsuccessfully challenged for the WWF World Heavyweight Title numerous times. He was featured in the first casket match with The Undertaker at the 1992 Summerslam event. Unfortunately, pay disputes would be his reasons for leaving the company.

Aside from WWE, Harris would wrestle for numerous wrestling promotions. He had a brief stint in 1995 with World Championship Wrestling. From 2001 to 2006, he made several appearances in WWE. From 2002 to 2010 he would work independent shows. His in-ring career would end in 2010.

It's said that one time during his career, he worked a match with Andre The Giant where miscommunication between the two resulted in the two getting into a legitimate fight, which resulted in Harris allegedly pulling a gun on Andre in the locker room, prompting Andre to apologize.

Kamala is regarded as one of the most well-known gimmicks in the history of professional wrestling. He's regarded as one of the best draws in the industry.

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