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Choke Holds/Neck Lift: A regular feature of his matches. He actually did an early two-handed prototype of the chokeslam for years before the move was officially named in the U.S.note The regular chokeslam was invented by former Sumo wrestler Hiroshi Wajima.
Downer Ending: Forced to retire in November 2011 due to having one of his legs amputated because of diabetes.
Drugs Are Bad: In his song "Push It" (see below under Take That), he explains that he never used steroids because he didn't want to mess up his body, adding "What might work for you might not work for me."
Dumb Muscle: Tried to pin guys when they were face down, leg hook and all.
Establishing Character Moment: Introduced to WWE on its USA Network talk show Tuesday Night Titans in 1984 in an interview with manager "Classy" Freddie Blassie and his handler Fridaynote The gimmick was later renamed Kim Chee when Kamala returned in 1987, though Steve Lombardi was not in the mask at this point.. Blassie had brought a cage with a live chicken in it and said that it was time "for the chicken to do a disappearing act. He's going to eat him alive!," with host Vince McMahon saying "No! No! No!" as Friday opened the cage and Kamala reached for the chicken. Cut to Kamala still sitting on the couch with feathers around his mouth and a completely insane look in his eyes.
Expy: According to JJ Dillon, Lawler had done a guest shot in Florida against Dillon's Japanese heel Kendo Nagasaki, giving Lawler the idea to create his own face-painted "foreign" monster, leading him to turn Harris, then a struggling jobber, into Kamala.
Later spawned several copies, most famously Giant Kamala II, real name Ben Peacock, aka Uganda, the Botswana Beast and Atkie Malumba, best known for his work for All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Finishing Move: Big Splash, top rope splash, splash onto opponent's back.
No Sell: In his match with Yokozuna on the May 17, 1993 Raw, they did the big collision spot, and, even though Yoko was fatter, wider and outweighed Kamala by probably around 100 lbs. or so at the time, Yoko looked to be on the verge of falling over while Kamala wasn't visibly affected at all.
The International Squad of Terror in the late 1990s's version of NWA Mid-Atlantic.
Retcon: Made his WWE debut in 1984 managed by "Classy" Freddie Blassie, and they appeared together on "Piper's Pit" on the August 25th (taped July 30) episode of WWF Championship Wrestling. During his second run, in 1986, he, the Wizard (King Curtis Iaukea) and Kim Chee (Steve "The Brooklyn Brawler" Lombardi) appeared on Piper's Pit on the November 22 (taped October 28) WWF Superstars, and Piper had to act like he had never seen him before. But then, every time Kamala returned it seemed like his previous runs with the company were forgotten.
Ring Oldies: Started in the late 1970s and competed in independents up until a few years ago.
Squee: Just listen to the crowd's delight in this old Mid-South clip of Kamala beating up on a young Shawn Michaels as he and manager General Skandor Akbar throw various referees out of the ring and Kamala beats up on whoever tries to save Shawn until Terry Taylor is able to take out Friday.
Stout Strength: One of the few men to slam Andre, doing the deed in Mid-South.
Take That: His song "Push It," where he slams WWE's Wellness Policy as a sham and bashes Pat Patterson, the Brooklyn Brawler, Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior, among other targets.
Uganda Doubling: The vignettes introducing him on the CWA's TV show were filmed in Jerry Jarrett's backyard.
The Voiceless: Rarely spoke intentionally while in character, since he wasn't supposed to be able to speak English, thus providing work for his various managers, though at times something beyond grunts and screaming came out, such as when he shouted "HEY REF!" during a match with Lawler at a Jersey All Pro Wrestling event on January 18, 2003. What makes it funny is the name of the event: Actions Speak Louder Than Words.
There is a famous interview from his WWE days in 1986 with Kamala, Sika, the Wizard, Kim Chee and "Mean" Gene Okerlund where Kamala is grunting and Sika is speaking Samoan and Gene asked if they were actually communicating with each other.