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32. Kamala

When James Harris adopted the gimmick of a “Ugandan Headhunter”, he stumbled upon one of most bizarre yet memorable personas in wrestling history.  With his painted face and stomach, Kamala was a large savage who looked like he could destroy anybody and then eat them for dinner.

The Kamala character was perfect for the territory system.  He was brought in to different areas as a monster heel destroying the mid card baby faces and challenging the regions champion.  Upon defeat he would lose to a few mid card faces on the way out and than go to a different promotion and do it all over again.  It was such a good gimmick, this formula worked three times in the nationally promoted WWF.  The sad thing for James Harris for as many people who paid money to see him perform, he never saw much of that money.  Perhaps the WWE could throw him a bone and induct an entertainer who gave us one of the best gimmicks of all time.


Should Kamala be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 91.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 0.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: James Harris (Real Name)
    Sugar Bear Harris
    Ugly Bear Harris
    Kimala
  • Billed From: Uganda (Really From Mississippi)
  • Key Championships Held: AWA Southern Heavyweight
    USWA Heavyweight (4)
  • Why they will get in: He is still a well known figure to WWE fans.
  • Why they won't get in: The gimmick was so good; the WWE may not want to have him “speak” in an induction speech.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Lost to Andre the Giant at the Superdome in New Orleans  (4/16/83)
    2.  Fought Magnum T.A. to a DQ loss at the Great American Bash (7/6/85)
    3.  Sold out MSG in World Title Match against Hulk Hogan (1/19/87)
    4.  Pinned Jake “The Snake” Roberts on Saturday Night’s Main Event (5/2/87)
    5.  Wrestled the Undertaker at Summer Slam at Wembley Stadium (8/29/92)

Should Kamala be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 91.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 0.5%

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0 #5 Turd Burgler 2015-01-16 12:14
This guy was very vocal about the very real acts of racism employed by WWE brass. I remember watching Undertaker v. Kamala and thinking that the tall scrawny rookie had no chance against the monster... this man MADE - let me repeat that - this man MADE the Undertaker's persona legit! This dude is too decent of a human being to deserve to be lumped into a BS induction after death, but mark my words, that's what WWE will do to his dignity after he has passed (just like Randy Savage, he won't be able to say no anymore).
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0 #4 Dave Brooks 2013-05-27 03:15
I must be ancient but I remember him being on ITV on the British Wrestling shows long before being Kamala. I can hear Kent Walton's voice as he talked about "Big Jim Harris - the Mississippi Mauler". Obviously he was a big monster heel back in the late 70s and early 80s
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+1 #3 Larry D Wilmore 2012-09-26 04:45
I had a personal encounter with Kimala about 26 years ago when my great uncle-in-law took me to my first live wrestling match. I was about 3 or 4 years old when Kimala came out the ring, at the Lake Charles city Civic Center and took my baby bottle and crushed it. I will always remember him and I know he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
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+1 #2 Committee Chairman 2012-07-14 17:13
A real class guy too. Got to interview him for the site.. Should be up soon!
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0 #1 Knuckles 2012-07-08 00:06
Sadly, he won't be making any in-ring comedy appearance anymore, as diabetes has taken both his feet. But he was a total monster wherever he was, including his 1980's WWF runs. Put him in.
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