The Godfather

Jan 8, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck


Real name: Charles Wright
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 320 lbs.
Date of birth: May 16, 1961
From: Las Vegas, NV
Pro debut: September 16, 1989
Trained by: Larry Sharpe
Finishing move: Ho Train


– On October 23, 1989, Wright, as Kama the Soultaker defeated Jerry “The King” Lawler for the USWA title in Memphis, TN.
– Wright moved to the WWF, and was given the persona of Papa Shango, a follower of voodoo, sporting a white painted face, a necklace made of bones, and black nail polish.
– Papa Shango defeated Tito Santana at the 1992 Summerslam with his then finishing maneuver, a Shoulderbreaker.
– Wright won the USWA title again from Jerry Lawler on May 3, 1993, this time in the Papa Shango gimmick.
– At the 1993 King of the Ring in Dayton, OH, Shango beat Owen Hart.
– Now wrestling as Kama, Wright lost to the Undertaker at the 1995 Summerslam in a casket match.
– Now wrestling as Kama Mustafa, a member of the Nation of Domination, Wright teamed with D-Lo Brown and Rocky Maivia to defeat The Road Warriors in a handicap match at “Badd Blood” in October 1997. (The Road Warrior’s partner Ken Shamrock was unable to compete due to an injury).
– At the 1997 Survivor Series in Montreal, the Road Warriors, Ahmed Johnson, and Ken Shamrock defeated the Nation of Domination.
– He entered the 1998 Royal Rumble and was the 17th participant to be eliminated.
– At “No Way Out” in February 1998, in a War of Attrition Match, Ken Shamrock, Ahmed Johnson, Brian Lee (Chainz) & The Harris Brothers (8-Ball & Skull) faced The Nation Of Domination (Faarooq, Rocky Maivia, Mark Henry, Kama Mustafa & D-Lo Brown) — Shamrock got the win by making Maivia submit to the ankle-lock submission
– Along with Mark Henry, Rocky Maivia, Faarooq, and D-lo Brown, lost a ten man tag match to Ken Shamrock, Ahmed Johnson, Chainz, Skull, and 8 Ball.
– He teamed with Faarooq in a tag team battle royal at Wrestlemania XIV.
– As the Nation vs. DX feud heated up, at “Over the Edge,” on May 31, 1998, he teamed up with D’Lo Brown and Owen Hart to win a six man tag team match against Billy Gunn, The Road Dog, and Triple H.
– European champion X-Pac defeated Mustafa in a non-title match at “Fully Loaded” on July 26, 1998, in Fresno, CA.
– By the end of 1998, Wright was repackaged as the Godfather. He is led to the ring by his ho’s, sometimes offering their services to avoid a match.
– For a short time, he formed a tag team with Val Venis called Supply and Demand.
– D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry defeated Venis and the Godfather at “Rock Bottom,” December 13, 1998, when Henry pinned Venis.
– The Godfather defeated Goldust for the Intercontinental title on the April 12th “Raw” show in Detroit, MI.
– The Godfather successfully defended the Intercontinental title at “Backlash,” defeating former champ Goldust.
– At Rebellion ’99, the Godfather defeated Gangrel.
– The Godfather beat Midian at No Mercy ’99 in Cleveland, OH.
– At the 1999 Survivor Series, the Godfather, D-Lo Brown, and the Head Bangers defeated the Dudley Boyz and Acolytes.
– The Godfather became the Goodfather during the Summer of 2000, and joined Steven Richards’ Right To Censor group.
– At Summerslam 2000 in Raleigh, NC, RTC defeated Too Cool and Rikishi in a six man tag match.
– On the November 6, 2000 edition of “Raw,” The Goodfather and Bull Buchanan defeated the Hardy Boyz for the WWF World Tag Team title.
– On July 26, 2001, Wright reverted back to being the Godfather during an IWA tour in Puerto Rico.
– The Godfather returned to the WWF at the 2002 Royal Rumble in Atlanta, GA.
– After a lengthy absence from WWE television, the Godfather returned to interrupt the Billy and Chuck wedding ceremony on the September 12, 2002 edition of “Smackdown.”
– In December 2002, Wright was released by WWE.
– Wright was inducted into the WWE hall of fame on April 2, 2016.

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