Without any iota of doubt, there are quite ‘a large number’ of great men who have left their mark in professional wrestling. These men have stunned and electrified their crowds, leaving audiences screaming and rooting for more. Here are five legendary black wrestlers who have left their mark and help lay the foundation for other wrestlers to come.
1. Kamala the Ugandan Giant/James Harris
James “Jim” Harris is a retired American professional wrestler and author best known as “Kamala the Ugandan Giant.” For most of his career, Harris wrestled under the ring name Kamala, using a “wild savage” gimmick. At six foot seven and around 380 pounds, Harris was built for the ring. He wrestled in the United Kingdom for several years and developed his skills under the stage name of The Mississippi Mauler, which was similar to the Kamala gimmick that later made him famous in the United States.
2. Porkchop Cash/Bobby Cash
Bobby Cash was popular as a wrestler during the 1970s and 1980s. He was known throughout the South, especially in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. He formed tag teams in the Continental Wrestling Association.
3. Mr. U.S.A. Tony Atlas
Anthony White, who was best known as Mr. U.S.A Tony Atlas, began his near forty year career in 1975. He was also an American bodybuilder and powerlifter who has held multiple titles and championships in each sport.
4. Booker T./ Booker Huffman Jr.
Booker Huffman, Jr., better known by his ring name “Booker T,” is a renowned professional wrestler, promoter, and color commentator. He signed with WWE as part of the pre-show team on the RAW. Booker T and his brother Stevie Ray also were a part of the WCW as the “Harlem Heat,” where they took the world tag team championship belt ten times.
5. Junkyard Dog/Sylvester Ritter
Sylvester Ritter was an American professional wrestler and college football player, best known for his work in Mid-South Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation as the “Junkyard Dog.” He was most known for his head butt and upper-body strength. The word “thump” was often used to refer to his power slam displayed on his wrestling trumps. Ritter died in 1998 at the age of 45.