As it’s customary when someone associated with professional wrestling passes away, the wrestling world reacts on social media, and it was no different when Kamala passed away yesterday.
WWE, Impact Wrestling, and All Elite Wrestling all put out their own graphic announcing the death of the 70-year-old.
“Very sadden by the passing of Big Jim ‘Kamala’, like everyone else I would always ask if it was ok to take the leg drop for the finish as requested by the office,” Hulk Hogan wrote. “Jim would always say ‘let’s just keep making that money’, he was such a kind soul, RIP big brother.”
Several of Kamala’s former colleagues also wrote on Twitter remembering him. “A character that you created and a nice, nice man. Athletic Big Man,” wrote Jim Ross, now the lead voice for All Elite Wrestling. Fellow AEW personality Taz wrote that he had the pleasure of meeting Kamala a couple of times and was always a “tremendously nice man.”
WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart said he was heartbroken to hear about the passing of Kamala. He said he met Kamala in 1981 in London and then caught up with him three years later in WWE. “Unlike his heel character, he was one of the friendliest, nicest, happy-go-lucky guys I ever knew in pro wrestling,” Bret wrote, adding that he had the pleasure of working with him in 1992 when he was WWE champion. “He always had a big smile despite all his challenges, including the loss of both legs. Always a kind and happy gentle soul. I’ll miss him for always being so good to me. R.I.P. Big Jim Harris.”
NXT General Manager William Regal also mentioned how he first saw Kamala on TV when he was a kid in the UK and at live shows as The Missisippi Mauler. He described him as a lovely man.
The Iron Sheik, in a typical all caps tweet, wrote, “GOD BLESS THE KAMALA HE ALWAYS PUT ON A SHOW FOR THE FANS GOOD BIG MAN WHO WORKED THE GIMMICK BETTER THEN MOST IT BREAK MY HEART.”
Missy Hyatt wrote that before she was involved in professional wrestling herself, she used to keep his pin up in her bartending locker in the early 80s. “One of the best old school gimmicks,” Hyatt added.
Another WWE Hall of Famer, Goldberg, also took note of Kamala’s passing. He said that Kamala was the first wrestler he had the pleasure of seeing live. “I was a believer,” Goldberg wrote, adding that he was saddened when he heard the news.