When King Kong Bundy disappeared from WWE in 1988, “The Atlantic City Monster” intended on returning to the promotion the following year. His hiatus became six-and-a-half years as “The Walking Condominium” would not return until 1994 as a member of “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Corporation.
During Bundy’s time away from WWE, he appeared in television commercials endorsing a personal computer from a company called Vendex. According to Bundy, his work with Vendex ticked off Vince McMahon so much it almost killed his chance of a return to WWE.
“Around the beginning of ’89 I was working for a computer company which basically killed my career in the WWE because it ticked Vince off so badly,” Bundy said in a recent interview with The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast.
“I was going to take off for a year and it wound up being like five years and I got divorced and I bought a bar and all those things you do that fail miserably [laughing] but it wound up being longer than I thought and I should have gone to WCW when I came back. I had a few matches in ECW and Vince called me and told me he was going to do something with me and that was a total lie.
“I remember talking to people when I was working for the computer company and not long after I left and I’ll say that I don’t think the two were related to each other but the business was down quite a bit. In ’89 I was talking to a few of the boys and they were telling me how the houses were down and I think there were some hard times there.”
Here are two of the commercials Bundy appeared in.