King Kong Bundy and Larry Sharpe – The Lost Tapes

When suggested that legendary trainer and co-founder of The Monster Factory Pretty Boy Larry Sharpe get together with the uproarious King Kong Bundy to record a series of tapes revealing behind-the-scenes stories of the wrestling business, hilarity, and a rip-roaring good time ensued.

Meant to be an ongoing series sold to fans under the name “Hitting The Road,” what we present below is a real gem available for the very first time to anybody outside of the Westville, New Jersey-based recording studio in which it was recorded in 1999.

Discovered after Larry Sharpe’s neighbor and close friend Walter dusted off some old reels in his recording studio, he sent us the unedited recordings. Join us as we tear through wrestling’s curtain wall and witness a rare conversation among two of wrestling’s more outrageous characters.


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Warning: The exchange below is brought to you completely uncut and uncensored. It includes crude jokes, strong language, and sexual references. Discretion, etc., is advised.


“Hitting The Road” – Lost Tales From King Kong Bundy and Larry Sharpe

Larry Sharpe:

There was a guy named Brute Bernard. God rest his soul. Committed suicide or shot himself. Whether it was on purpose or not, nobody knows for sure.

King Kong Bundy:

You always hope it was because that’s a hell of a way to die, being so stupid to shoot yourself accidentally.

Larry Sharpe:

Yeah, it is.

He was a French Canadian and was a little rough around the edges. Not that all French Canadians are rough around the edges, but this one in particular was, and it was like he had no manners.

He was ignorant but not on purpose like he didn’t know better. He wouldn’t just eat peanuts in your car and throw the shells on the floor. You would have to make him pick it up. He was like a little kid, you know?

And he reeked of garlic. He loved garlic. I love garlic myself, but we’d go work out in a gym in Charlotte, and Brute would come in, and five minutes later, the whole gym smelled like garlic, just coming out of his pores.

According to Larry Sharpe, Brute Bernard (right) seen here with Skull Murphy, had a particular interpretation of what it meant to cheat on his girlfriend.
According to Larry Sharpe, Brute Bernard (right), seen here with Skull Murphy, had a particular interpretation of what it meant to cheat on his girlfriend. [Photo: Alchetron.com]

He married a wrestler. Her name was Betty [Betty Joe Hawkins]. This was told to me, I didn’t hear it, but I understand that Brute was out in the back of the high school gym one day standing against the wall, and this broad is going down on him, giving him some head, and his wife catches him.

He says in this Canadian accent, he goes, “But Betty, blow jobs do not count!” (laughs)

King Kong Bundy:

Oh God! (laughs)

Larry Sharpe:

I don’t know if we could put that one in [these recordings]. I don’t know if we can, but we’ll have it down.

King Kong Bundy:

I would lean toward not.

Larry Sharpe:

Yeah. We have to hear that edited and see if it made any sense whatsoever.

King Kong Bundy:

Oh, you mean like take out blow job?

Larry Sharpe:

Well, yeah.

(Walter speaks)

King Kong Bundy:

See, we can’t have blow job now.

Larry Sharpe:

Yeah. We’re going to market to mostly mark kids and adults.

King Kong Bundy:

Yeah, dumb kids now say “shit” and “asshole,” and it’s like “whatever!”

(Walter speaks)

Larry Sharpe:

And the parents would understand if it was bleeped, so, okay.

Larry Sharpe and Buddy Rogers founded The Monster Factory in 1983. In 1986, Sharpe took full ownership.
Larry Sharpe and Buddy Rogers founded The Monster Factory in 1983. In 1986, Sharpe took full ownership.

Art Nelson – Master Ribber

Larry Sharpe:

There was a guy named Art Nelson. Yeah, there was a tag team, the Nelson Brothers and Art was like this, Ole Anderson called him the old bullfrog (laughs) you know the guy took me into the gym two, three hours early.

He had one of them wheels where you get on your knees and roll it out and extend it, and he would do that for 45 minutes without stopping at 54, 55 years old. He then carried a broom handle with him and would do those twists and would do that for 45 minutes to an hour.

King Kong Bundy:

So he looked good.

Larry Sharpe:

Oh yeah, he looked good. He looked real good.

And the other thing, you know, he had some weird philosophies, like a lot of the old-timers did, but he used to carry shit with him to pull ribs on guys like Wintergreen, okay.

And he’s, you know what, for people that don’t know what Wintergreen is, it’s like an ointment that you put on your skin, it gets very, very hot. It’s like a real high dose of concentrated BenGay, to say the least.

Art would keep it in one of like those squeeze ketchup containers like when you would get a hot dog and a hamburger, you know, the plastic containers that you squeeze? Well, he would keep that shit in that container.

We’d be like in Spartanburg, South Carolina, or someplace, and it would be a hundred degrees in the building and [Francisco Flores] is standing in the shower there on the front while Art’s squirting this stuff on his ass! (laughs)

And he don’t feel it going on!

King Kong Bundy:

Oh, God! That stuff’s hot too!

Larry Sharpe:

So all of a sudden you hear [WAP WAP WAP sound], and the guy’s like snapping this towel behind him trying to cool his ass off! (laughs)

Then, in the meantime, while [Francisco Flores]’s been in the ring, Art sews one pant leg shut at the cuff.

If you’ve never, like when you get your pants cuffed, your toe gets caught in there sometimes until the stitch comes loose, it happens to everybody.

Again, you know, in the seventies, you would come out of a high school locker room, or, and there was no air conditioning, you know, and you’re trying to towel off and your body’s sweating now, as fast as you can dry it off.

This guy, Francisco Flores, now his ass has been on fire for the last half hour. He’s got powder in his pants. He gets the left leg in and starts to put the right leg in, and he thinks his toe gets caught in the seam. He’s holding a leg, hopping the fuck around like trying to pull his toe out and move it over and put it back through the leg. (laughing)

King Kong Bundy:

How long did it take him to realize his pants were sewn shut?

Larry Sharpe:

When everyone in the locker room was on the floor, laughing. (laughing)

He finally realized that’s what had happened.

Larry Sharpe:

Art was good with ribs.

Art Nelson
Art Nelson. [Photo: midatlanticwrestling.net]

There used to be a state trooper- and in some places, in some territories, the wrestlers do drive too fast- but it’s late at night, you’re trying to get home, you’re going 80 miles an hour and nothing, there’s no other traffic on the road.

But there’s a couple of towns where the state troopers or the local cops would wait for you because they didn’t like the wrestlers or one was doing his girlfriend and, you know, just whatever it was. And this guy used to wait.

We were on our way. I think we were going to Columbia [South Carolina] on Tuesdays, and every Tuesday, this cop, you know, everybody slowed down, he was at the same spot every week. He’d only catch the new guys because we’d forget to tell them, you know what I’m saying? Then he’d come out and be Mr. Tough Guy.

Art rides to the town like five hours early, and goes and buys like a 15 foot, two by four, and drives all these nails all the way through it, hides it in the grass where the cop stops. And then everybody comes flying, and there’s the state trooper with two flat tires because of the two by four. (laughs)

King Kong Bundy:

That’s a hell of a rib! A hell of a rib.

Larry Sharpe:

Needless to say, he was there the next week!

Vicious Ribber, Johnny Valentine

King Kong Bundy:

How about now some of the more vicious ribs? One time Johnny Valentine, I was talking about this the other day, I think it was Jay York, of the Alaskans; the guy had asthma.

According to Larry Sharpe, the legendary Johnny Valentine had a rather disgusting obsession.
According to Larry Sharpe, the legendary Johnny Valentine had a rather disgusting obsession. [Photo: notinthehalloffame.com]

You know those inhalers you press down, you breathe in… Can you imagine you got asthma, and you’re in the ring?! You’re all blown up, can’t breathe, and you come back to the dressing room, and [Johnny Valentine] had taken his inhaler and put lighter fluid in it. So instead of sucking that stuff and opening up your lungs, you’re sucking in a lung full of lighter fluid!

I like a good vicious rib, but this could’ve killed him!

I heard [Jay York] took a shotgun and blew up [Johnny Valentine]’s bag away and told him, ‘Next time, it’ll be you!’

I think that would be justifiable homicide. Can you imagine that?! Someone doing that to you?

[Note: This was an ongoing rivalry between them where each tried to “out rib” the other until it almost went too far.]

Larry Sharpe:

Mr. Fuji was the master of ribs. We could probably do a tape on him all alone, but one time I’m sitting in the locker room, talking about fetishes, Johnny Valentine, for some reason, loved shit. I don’t know why, but every guy who’d come into the territory, he’d shit in their bag. As soon as they come in on their first day, you know, all the new guys, all the green guys.

I got my fiance with me, okay, and I’d known [Johnny Valentine] for about six or seven months, and he liked me, for some reason. But anyway, my mom and dad are on the road. We met in Virginia. They’d come down to see me, and my fiance was there just going to party in like Myrtle Beach or something like that, and we were working Norfolk [Virginia].

And I got my parents checked in, I go in my room, my future wife is standing there, and I open up my bag, and I smell shit. (laughs)

King Kong Bundy:

Oh…

Larry Sharpe:

But, he had shit in like a doggy bag and folded it up, so it wasn’t like… everybody else he’d just shit in their bag.

The next day I see him, he goes, [pauses] "Like the bag?"

I just said, well, I said, "It wasn’t as bad as it could be."

And he answered, “That’s because I like you, kid." (laughs)

King Kong Bundy:

That’s because I like you, kid. (laughs)

Larry Sharpe:

We’re sitting in a locker room in South Carolina — I had a lot of fun in the Carolinas — and we’re in the basement of a school. It’s hot, hot, hot. There’s a great big exhaust fan, maybe like five foot by five foot, an industrial exhaust fan that’s used to draw air through this locker room for the kids. This is in the middle of the summer, but you know, the fan’s on.

There are about five kids that come up, and there’s a window next to the, you know, or a ledge behind me. They can’t see me, they’re just looking in, the fan’s like over my head, and they see [Mr.] Fuji. They’re like laughing, I guess, and they’re like talking into it, so it’s like, "Fuji, you fat Jap, you prick!" just breaking our balls. (laughs)

So Valentine goes, "Huh," and he goes and shits in a Coke cup that we had sodas in the locker room in, mixes it with water, and stirs it up. (laughs)

He sneaks under the fan, and he tells me to keep them busy.

So now I’m out there where they can see me, and I’m like breaking their balls. Valentine’s got the watered-down shit in his hand, he sits back and throws it into the fan, and it goes like *Foof!*

And you hear, "Daaaahhhhh!" (laughs)

I hope one of the kids gets this tape because they probably told their kids by now, and this will substantiate that it’s a true story.

King Kong Bundy on Getting the Unmerciful Fans Back in New Orleans

King Kong Bundy:

Oh, God. Sometimes there are people harassing you, and you got to get them back. You got to do something. They may do it for five or ten minutes, just once we’ll do it every three hours.

“Hey, you lard ass!! [Proceeds to yell incoherently].”

King Kong Bundy was a dominant force in the ring and even headlined WrestleMania 2 against Hulk Hogan. But he sometimes had little patience for heckling fans, even if they were kids. [Photo: The Philadelphia Inquirer]
King Kong Bundy was a dominant force in the ring and even headlined WrestleMania 2 against Hulk Hogan. But he sometimes had little patience for heckling fans, even if they were kids. [Photo: The Philadelphia Inquirer]

One time I’m working for Bill Watts down in New Orleans, Louisiana.

I got to go to New Orleans, and then you have to pay to park, first of all. It was two bucks or whatever; it’s like in ‘83. But you’re there, and there’s a public apartment up beside the building, so the people could bust your stones unmercifully. You couldn’t say a word back to them and fuck with them because your car’s right there, so they start having their fun!

“You jagoff, Bundy! [Mocks the fans, yelling incoherently].”

So I just have to take it!

So it’s the last night, and I’m leaving the territory, and they follow you out. So I got in my car, and I get to the thing, and there’s like fifty little kids following me, and they’re screaming. I slam on the fucking brakes, and I hear, [boom, boom, boom, boom as the kids all slam into the back of the car] (laughing uncontrollably)

“I pleaded with you little assholes not to fuck with me!”

So good!

Larry Sharpe:

That’s for six months of torture, you little bastards!

King Kong Bundy:

Exactly. Eight months of busting my balls! I think the statute of limitations ran out. Of course, all I did was stop my car. But in case any of them got hurt, I’m sorry. But you deserved it!

We need a couple of guys here, man. We need that.

Larry Sharpe:

You think so?

King Kong Bundy:

Yes, we need Dennis here, cacklin’. We need Walter to pick it up. We got to say, “We’re here with premier independent promoter Dennis Coraluzzo.”

I know you hate the dude, but it’ll add something to it, so it’s not just you and me sitting here cacklin’.

Larry Sharpe:

I think this just sounds like two fuckin’ guys telling… I don’t know. I think it’s funny.

(Walter speaks)

Yeah. I mean, you know, maybe if we do another one, I just, I would hate to see all this work go down the drain.

King Kong Bundy:

Uh, huh, yeah!

Larry Sharpe:

Stories are good. Can you double in laughter? [speaking to Walter]

(Walter speaks)

There you go, we can just say Dennis is here to piss him off! (laughs)

King Kong Bundy:

We can say somebody else is here: Todd Gordon.

Larry Sharpe:

Yeah, we had to cancel Dennis because Todd Gordon called us at the last minute!

King Kong Bundy:

Yeah, Dennis had to go see The Tramps! “You’re passing us up to go see the fuckin’ Tramps?” That’s what he said.

The Stooge, George “Two Ton” Harris

Larry Sharpe:

We wanted to talk about midgets, but I just thought of this guy, and he was a piece of work. His name was George “Two Ton” Harris.

According to Larry Sharpe, George
According to Larry Sharpe, George "Two Ton" Harris was known as a company stooge, but it didn’t mean he wasn’t a nice guy! [Photo: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Facebook page]

He was from the South, and he had a little bit of a drawl, which was part of his personality, you know? And he was a manager for a while of Charlie Fulton and Frank Morrell and a couple of guys.

But he was about 450 pounds, maybe 5’10." And he was, for all intents and purposes, a stooge. Couldn’t help it. Crockett’s father had liked him, was my understanding, and they said to the boys, "Keep him busy," so they would put him on the road.

He was, you know, he was at the end of his career, basically, when I met him.

And back in the old days, you could not ride in the car with the babyfaces and heels together. You would get fired. And 99% of the time, that happened.

Well, it got to the point where, in one town, all the guys are meeting right behind the Shop-Rite. And the babyfaces and heels would ride together.

So, Mr. Crockett, Jim Crockett’s [Jr.] father, from what I understand, has a big meeting, and he calls all the wrestlers in and reads this letter because a fan had seen this.

King Kong Bundy:

Oh, God.

Larry Sharpe:

And basically, he says:

"I had told you fellows about kayfabe and riding in the cars together," he goes on, "I want you to read this letter I got from this lady and her son."

And the mother writes in the letter saying for years she had been going to wrestling matches and really enjoyed it, and right away George Harris goes, [with Southern drawl] "I told them, Mr. Crockett, I told them I wasn’t going back there!"

So then he [Crockett] goes, "Hold on, George," – ‘Bunk’ was his nickname.

He [continues reading the letter], "And, we were at the Acme or Piggly Wiggly" -or whatever the store was the other day- "and we saw all the rest parking in the back of the store…"

And again, it was Bunk, [Again with Southern drawl] "I told them time and time again, Mr. Crockett, that the management was going to roll over this!"

King Kong Bundy:

Oh, what a stooge!

Larry Sharpe:

Yeah. So anyway, to make a long story short, he gets on with the letter. And Bunk, for all the time, has been telling them. And the letter ends with, "and the driver of the car was, Two Ton Harris!" (laughing)

King Kong Bundy:

He had been burying himself the whole time!

Larry Sharpe:

Burying himself the whole time. He was a piece of work. He was amazing. He didn’t learn to read until he was like 46 or 47 years old.

I would make some trips with him because he was a nice guy. The worst thing that happened was when he started to learn how to read.

He had just started school when I left the territory, and I went away for like seven or eight months, and I came back and started working the territory again.

We started making rides together, and he’d been going to school at 57 or 47 years old to learn how to read.

Now we’re riding down the road, and it’s: "Airport," "Shoneys," for 200 miles. He would read every sign on the highway coming and going!

King Kong Bundy:

Oh, shit! Every sign? Really? Is that the only thing he’d say?

Larry Sharpe:

Yeah, I wanted to say…

King Kong Bundy:

That he was a pain in the ass!

Larry Sharpe:

What a pain in the ass! And it got to be a habit that he couldn’t break. I recognized it the first time.

I’m like, you know, "George, enough with the reading, I’m glad that you’re reading."

First, I thought he was showing off, and I’m like, “He’s just practicing," which I give him credit for it, but…

King Kong Bundy:

Well, say it to yourself! Say it to yourself! You don’t have to say it out loud! (laughing)

That’s always one of the great joys, riding around with the wrestlers. Most of the wrestlers are really nice guys, good guys.

Larry Sharpe:

Yes.

King Kong Bundy:

There are always a few. Like they say about the rotten apples, spoiling the barrel… Geez!

There’s always one guy with a weed up his ass about something, not making enough money, should be in the main event, he should be there. You know, if you should be, you would be! Do you know what I mean? Just shut up, you know?! Geez. I get tired of it! Like a bunch of little crybabies whining.

But the stooge, you know, we call a stooge in wrestling someone who reports to the office if they see somebody doing some little minor thing they’re going to tell on them, tattle him to the teacher, but if the guy works for the office, you got to figure he’s a stooge, that’s his job!

Larry Sharpe:

Yes.

King Kong Bundy:

So what the hell is the big deal?

But some of the things, they had a dress code. One time in Titan Sports, you know, the WWF, one of the agents walks up to me and says they changed the dress code. I’m sure I received some kind of memo, but overnight… I probably didn’t pay close enough attention, and he says, “You’re fined for wearing shorts on the plane.”

Well, I’m weighing four and a quarter. It’s about 90 degrees in the shade. You know, it’s summertime.

“You’re fined for wearing shorts on the plane.”

Oh, my God! That’s what we’ve got to worry about. You know what I mean?

Larry Sharpe:

Yeah.

King Kong Bundy:

That’s the thing. The business was good. It was real good at the time. Didn’t have to worry about getting people, asses in the seats. Just had to worry about that picky bullshit.

Larry Sharpe:

How about Ox Baker? Were you ever on the road with him?

King Kong Bundy:

No. I just met him one time. He’s a character, though.

Larry Sharpe:

Yeah, he’s a character, but I think we’ll maybe save him for another time.

Wild Nights with Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart

King Kong Bundy:

Yeah. Jim The Anvil Neidhart, do you know Jim?

Larry Sharpe:

No. I don’t know Jim.

King Kong Bundy:

Oh man, we were up all night in- God, where was this? I know where it was, oh, Quebec City, Canada. Oh man, when you go out with Jim Neidhart, you’re looking for trouble. (laughs)

Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart was always fun to be with on the road.
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart was always fun to be with on the road.

We went out to this place at four o’clock in the morning and all of a sudden there’s a guy at the bar blowing him kisses. It’s like four in the morning. The barmaid jumps up on the thing, rips off her top, and she’s dancing on the bar, and I mean, you’re drunk as monkeys at four o’clock in the morning, then you’re eating breakfast like at six-thirty. And you never get in before seven with him. Do you know what I mean?

I only go out with him once or twice a year. That is enough for me! Oh, God. I don’t see how some guys do it all the time, every night.

Larry Sharpe:

It’s a unique lifestyle, that’s for sure.

King Kong Bundy:

It really is.

Upsetting Mr. Fuji

Larry Sharpe:

We really didn’t do anything about Fuji, right? I can tell a story about Fuji.

Mr. Fuji dies at 82-years-old - Cageside Seats
Mr. Fuji was a master ribber, but Larry Sharpe, on one occasion, got him back! [Photo: cagesideseats.com]

Fuji was a major help to me. I mean, he really broke my chops, but he also was a major factor in helping me learn how to work, and I have to give him credit for that.

There were no wrestling schools back then, but he certainly made me pay a price, and I would’ve much rather paid cash, I think.

I mean, and as this tape goes on, well, there’ll be plenty of stories about Fuji. Yeah, I’ll probably be getting him all pissed off at me all over again. ‘Cuz I had him pissed off at me one time.

We’re in Hawaii, and we go to [a town called] Hilo. So, Fuji had a girlfriend there. Nice girl, real nice girl. She’d make stuff for the wrestlers. The girl had a daughter about 14 or 15 years old. Well, every week Fuji wants me to babysit, you know, "Watch the daughter while the mother’s in my room."

King Kong Bundy:

How old was the daughter?

Larry Sharpe:

You know, 13, 14 years old. So me and Morocco, we were working against each other. So we would just sit in the room, drink a couple of beers and watch TV, and the kid would sit there and watch what we were watching. But you really couldn’t relax.

Well, this went on for four or five weeks. Me and Morocco were bitching, but nobody’s really saying anything to Fuji about it.

So anyway, I said done, I think I’ve got the solution to this problem. I said, just out of the blue one night, "How’s it going to feel to have Fuji as a stepfather?"

She said, "What?!"

And I go, "Oh, I’m sorry, hon, I guess Fuji’s been trying to break it to your mom, but he’s a little shy and doesn’t know how to bring it up, but he said he was really going to say something, I thought he would have done it by now. I didn’t mean to let the cat out of the bag."

She breaks for the door and runs down to the room, and it’s ‘knock, knock, knocking’ on the door!

[The mother opens, and the daughter says,] "Mom, Fuji wants to marry you, but he doesn’t know how to tell you! He loves you but doesn’t know how to tell you."

And she turned around and said, “Is that true, Fuji?” [Because she really loved him.]

And he said, "No." (laughs)

King Kong Bundy:

Well, that’s Fuji, alright!

Larry Sharpe:

He got so mad at me, as he should’ve been, but he’s done so much shit that I’ll go over that some time too.

He was going to have me tied up to a bumper driving up and down College Hall Blvd.

He had set up, he had a lot of connections, and probably still does in Hawaii. You could go over there, and Fuji would take care of everything from tickets to Don Ho, limousine rides, you know, he had all the connections.

So my mom’s coming. My mom happened to be in Hawaii while I did this little prank.

Now my mom’s going to get her picture with Don Ho, and she’s got this tour going and that tour going. The next day everything was canceled. So now I’m paying for my mom to do all this shit—Fuji’s pissed off.

King Kong Bundy:

He’s still pissed at the rib. Oh, that’s funny.

Larry Sharpe:

Then I’m sitting at a bar at the hotel, and Fuji approaches me and puts his finger up, and goes, "You’re very vicious. What I ever do to you?!" (laughs)

King Kong Bundy:

Oh, God, that’s funny.

I’d seen him one time, the place down in Baltimore studio, you know that TNT show they used to do, it was a talk show, Vince McMahon was the host. Do you know Danny Spivey? Waylon Mercy? Great guy, Danny’s cool.

Dan Spivey learned the hard way that you can’t take naps when Mr. Fuji is around.
Dan Spivey learned the hard way that you can’t take naps when Mr. Fuji is around. [Photo: WWE.com]

He’s got his cowboy boots on, and Fuji jump loops a piece of tape over the boot, and Danny’s asleep in the lobby, and he just, a hot foot! So he lights both ends, people are cracking up watching. We think Danny’s asleep; well, for a while, he was.

Now the flame is licking at the top of the boot and charring it, and starting to burn the pants a little bit! And Danny’s laying there! Anyways, he looks, opens his eyes, looks down, gives it one or two kicks, kicks off the flame, and goes back to sleep. He was asleep for a while but had to come to.

I don’t like the ribs that cost you money. I don’t want any ribs that are going to burn my boots or pants or anything like that. God.

Larry Sharpe:

And if he didn’t like you, I mean, you know…

King Kong Bundy:

He always liked me, thank God.

Larry Sharpe:

Yeah, thank God he liked me too. I’ve seen him do some funny shit.

King Kong Bundy:

Yeah. Didn’t he take, uh, go on the bar one time with an electrical shocker?

Larry Sharpe:

Yeah. We’re in some hotel up in Boston, and I guess he had to piss and didn’t have time to go to the bathroom, and he goes… because if he’s going to do something, you might as well get the audience for the effect.

The club’s, you know, it’s ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom. It’s dark. You can’t see shit. He goes to piss on the wall, pisses into the electrical outlet. You see this blue spark go straight up! (laughs)

King Kong Bundy:

I bet that woke him up! Oh, that’s funny.

Larry Sharpe:

I don’t think it shocked him too bad; he didn’t sell it much.

Fuji had stolen a police car one time. They were in a Super’s Gym, and we’re all working out, me, Dean Ho, Fuji, Tanaka. I was just starting. I hadn’t even had a match yet, okay? Bruno used to go there. A bunch of guys.

Fuji said, "Hey, brudda, I got idea. You keep ‘em busy." (laughing)

I’m shooting the shit with this cop. They pull up to the back of the gym. It’s summertime, and the doors are open. Fuji goes and gets in a fucking police car, locks it, turns on the siren, and takes off down Kelsey Drive! (laughing)

King Kong Bundy:

Oh, God. They didn’t do nothing to him for it?

Larry Sharpe:

No. He brought it back. The guy was, you know, pissed, but…

King Kong Bundy:

They didn’t run him in for that?

Larry Sharpe:

The chief of police in town one time drunk, off duty, mooning people… (laughing)

I won’t say what year this was, because I, you know, but then it didn’t hurt anybody, I guess, you know?

King Kong Bundy:

Yeah. But it did look bad for the chief. (laughs)

King Kong Bundy:

That should be good enough.

[BELOW: King Kong Bundy and Larry Sharpe are going over stories they could tell on their show but were as yet undecided.]

Larry Sharpe:

We still got Martin. I mean, we still got Frankie third-degree burns. I mean, you know, we’ve got other guys, we’ve got to think more. So Chief Thunder Mountain. Did you ever meet Chief Thunder Mountain?

King Kong Bundy:

No. We got to do more people they’re gonna know.

Larry Sharpe:

I know. I know. But midgets, later on, midgets need to know that they’re a midget!

King Kong Bundy:

Like the time I kicked Bret Hart’s ass in amateur wrestling in Pheonix, Arizona. We should tell that next time.

Larry Sharpe:

Did you?

King Kong Bundy:

We started in referee’s position. He sat down, and I pulled him back. It would have been a two. It was a one, two- it was two points, then he sat out and turned away and escaped. I won the eight-second match!

Well, let’s tell a few more, and then I’ll get you something to eat!

Unfortunately, the tape ended there. We never got to hear more stories from King Kong Bundy and Larry Sharpe, but what a wild ride those twenty-seven minutes were. It was a privilege to be a fly on the wall as Bundy and Sharpe offered a rare, uncut glimpse of life on the road for two road-weary veterans.

We would like to thank Walter for sharing this precious piece of wrestling history with our readers and us.

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