Kamala, whose real name was James Harris, had a wrestling career that spanned over thirty years, kicking off his time in the business working as "Sugar Bear" or "Bad News" Harris.
Legendary manager Percy Pringle also managed him for a time. Though he debuted in the world of professional wrestling in 1978, it only took him six years before he was in the World Wrestling Federation, working for several months in 1984.
During his first stint with the company, he faced Superstars like Hulk Hogan, Chief Jay Strongbow, and Andre the Giant. As Kamala, he traveled the US and Canada, working several territories as a "monster" heel. When he returned to WWE for his third run in the 90s, he was a more playful fan favorite, which went over well when Reverend Slick looked to humanize him.
After fifteen years in the industry, he retired in 1993 but found himself back in the business with the Dungeon of Doom in WCW by 1995. Alongside the likes of Kevin Sullivan, The Giant, Meng, and a long list of WCW Superstars that wanted to "end Hulkamania" he reignited his feud with the Hulkster.
His final appearance for the WWE saw him beaten by Umaga in 2006 in a squash match. However, he kept making appearances on the indie circuit before having his leg amputated in 2011.
Jerry Lawler announces the passing of Kamala
On Twitter, Jerry Lawler revealed that his friend James "Kamala" Harris had passed away.
Kamala was an incredibly unique character. Even though he didn't have much success as far as titles go in the major promotions, Kamala was a fan favorite that many fans and performers alike look back on with love.
We at Sportskeeda would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Kamala.Published 10 Aug 2020, 05:58 IST