News broke last Sunday night (9th August 2020) of the passing of James “Kamala” Harris. An iconic face of a different era in wrestling and a big part of the ’80s pop cultural boom for the sport.
Harris had a long and varied career that spanned multiple promotions and decades, tangling with legends like Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, The Undertaker, Bruiser Brody and even Daniel Bryan. His character of a (Frank Frazetta-inspired) face-painted monstrous warrior from the wilds of Uganda (Harris was actually American) was a gimmick of its time but this character, that he made his own, thrived thanks to Harris’ sheer commitment to playing the part.
As Kamala, Harris was always over, be it as a feared villain or lovable babyface, he made it work and his dedication was such that he performed in a way that his matches made sense for the role he played, as such they were not technical clinics, and yet Harris was a very underrated athlete with some uncanny speed and agility for a man his size. From the highly controversial and attention grabbing “Kamala eats a live chicken” segment on WWE Tuesday Night Titans, to his feud playing the fearsome enemy of some of the biggest stars in the ‘80s, to his teaming with manager Slick as he finally turned on his abusive manager Kim Chee (defeating him soundly at the March To WrestleMania IX show), Kamala was an instantly recognisable face in this industry.
A character beloved by millions, and through all the health trials of his later life, everyone always had a good word for the man behind the face paint. So in tribute to this larger than life wrestling star, who this writer has loved since he was a kid and thought for years should be in the Hall of Fame, here are Kamala’s 16 Greatest matches!
Well that’s our list, are there any of Kamala’s matches we have forgotten? Let us know in the comments below. RIP the mighty James “Kamala” Harris.