The 50 greatest ring names ever!

#35 King Kong Bundy

When King Kong Bundy first turned up in Fritz Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestling in the early ’80s, he was known as Big Daddy Bundy, in a nod to Britain’s most famous grappler, Shirley “Big Daddy” Crabtree. He was an oversized fan favorite with blue jeans and a full head of hair back then, but when he was recruited by the villainous manager Gary Hart, he stomped out in his trademark black singlet and bald head as King Kong Bundy. Named after the famous ape that had recently returned to theaters in 1976’s “King Kong,” Bundy went on to main event WrestleMania 2 against Hulk Hogan and make his mark as an unforgettable ’80s villain. — R.M.