Originally Posted by pnft17
dd316 great photo.
Always liked Kamala and his gimmick. Can't remember who claims to have
come up with the idea.
From the Wikipedia page:
While acquiring a new costume in Memphis, Tennessee, Harris was asked by Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett to adopt a new gimmick. Harris agreed, and, together with Lawler, created Kamala (originally spelled Kimala), drawing upon ideas for a character originally developed for Harris by The Great Mephisto. Jarrett and Lawler decided that portraying an African wrestler would help Harris succeed, despite his limited technical wrestling ability and poor interview skills. The name came from a National Geographic Magazine article Jarrett read, about a Doctor Kimala, who was conducting research in Uganda. The character was a Ugandan cannibal, with a painted face and body. He wrestled barefoot and in a loincloth.