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Charles Wright (born May 16, 1961 in Las Vegasmarker, Nevadamarker) is an Americanmarker businessman and professional wrestler. He is probably best known for his time spent with the World Wrestling Federation throughout the 1990s and early 2000s under the ring names Papa Shango, Kama, Kama Mustafa, The Godfather and The Goodfather. He also went to college at the University of Nevadamarker where he played football.

After leaving the wrestling business he moved to Las Vegas, where he manages a number of strip clubs.

Professional wrestling career

Early Career

Wright first entered professional wrestling after being noticed tending bar by wrestlers during the filming of the movie Over the Top. The wrestlers involved gave him the advice that, with his large body type and unique (tattooed) look, he should try seeking out Larry Sharpe and his Monster Factory to get into the business.

United States Wrestling Association (1989)

Eventually Wright parlayed his training into a job with Jerry Lawler in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA) with the gimmick the wrestlers from the bar had given him and took the name The Soultaker, taken from one of the tattoos on his arm. Even with his admitted limited skill set, he was given the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship on October 23, 1989 and held it for about two weeks.

World Wrestling Federation (1991–1993)

After brief stints in Japan and other American independent promotions Wright was brought in to World Wrestling Federation (WWF) at the suggestion of his friend The Undertaker. He wrestled briefly at house shows as Sir Charles, a play on both his real name and the nickname of National Basketball Association player Charles Barkley. The character was hardly used and wasn't able to be developed, and even when talking about it later Wright only remembers wearing robes he purchased from another wrestler to the ring.

In January 1992, he was repackaged as Papa Shango, a voodoo practitioner patterned on the character Baron Samedi from the Bond film Live and Let Die. The character carried a skull to the ring billowing smoke and could control arena lights, allowing for strange goings on in the ring, and later could "cast spells" to cause opponents pain and to make them vomit from afar. Papa Shango was thrust into the spotlight almost immediately, running in on the Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice main event at WrestleMania VIII to jump start a feud between himself and Ultimate Warrior. Shango actually missed his cue to run in, hitting the ring late. The finish was supposed to be Sid getting disqualified because of Shango breaking up the pinfall attempt by Hogan after Hulk hit the big legdrop. However due to Shango getting to the ring late, Sid was forced to kick out of the legdrop to save face. Sid's manager, Harvey Wippleman then jumped on the apron, and the referee signalled for the disqualification at that point as Shango was just getting to the ring.

At the same time as he was wrestling as Papa Shango in the WWF, the WWF had a working agreement with USWA. As part of the agreement Papa Shango was sent to wrestle in USWA, where he won the Unified World Heavyweight Championship for a second time. Winning the title actually upset him, as he felt it was only done to sell to the predominately black crowd, and after complaining to management he dropped the belt to Owen Hart. He left the company soon after and returned to bar tending.

Return to the World Wrestling Federation (1995)

During the autumn of 1994, there were rumors that the Papa Shango character would be brought back to participate in a storyline involving Bob Backlund, wherein Shango's voodoo spells would explain the traditionally good-natured Backlund's erratic and villainous behavior. This never came into fruition. Wright would eventually return to the WWF in 1995 as Kama "The Supreme Fighting Machine", a shoot fighter who joined Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation stable shortly after his debut. He became an immediate part of the stables feud with The Undertaker, stealing the Undertaker's signature urn and having it melted down into a necklace, only to lose it back to him at SummerSlam. He was taken off of TV in the fall of 1995, and after an appearance in the 1996 Royal Rumble match, Wright left the company again.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1997–2002)

The Nation of Domination and The Godfather (1997–1999)

Wright was asked to return in 1997, with the original plans being for him to revive the Papa Shango character, but that plan was never completed with the inception of Kane, another supernatural character. Instead he was turned into Kama Mustafa and placed into the Nation of Domination, which was in the process of becoming an all black group and on the verge of feuding with the all white Disciples of Apocalypse as well as Los Boricuas. Around mid 1998 after the Rock became the leader of the stable, it was renamed to the Nation. Kama also became the Godfather.

In 1998, The Godfather (known to wrestlers as a genuine tough guy) competed in the WWF Brawl for All; which was a strictly voluntary boxing/shoot fighting competition, eventually won by Bart Gunn.

The Nation lasted until around September 1998 and officially disbanded in October 1998 when Mark Henry attacked the nations leader The Rock. After the nation split up Wright pursued a successful solo career and took his new persona as "The Godfather" to new levels. The Godfather character was constantly surrounded by "hos" – usually girls from local strip clubs. He would offer his opponents the right to use these girls for "any purpose" if they would forfeit the match to him. He got over and he gained a run with the WWF Intercontinental Championship in April 1999. He was supposed to drop the title to Owen Hart at Over the Edge 1999 but Hart died before the match started whilst entering the ring.

Right to Censor (2000–2001)

The Pimp Fatha dancing with his ho's.
As he was working the Godfather gimmick the WWF began airing SmackDown! on UPN, drawing the attention of the Parents Television Council (PTC), which claimed the WWF and their programming was inappropriate for prime time television. One of the PTCs complaints was the Godfathers pimp gimmick, and during the ensuing controversies the WWF higher ups began imposing restrictions on what he could say and do, hurting his popularity. The Godfather, both before and after being toned down, became something of a tag team specialist, forming teams with Val Venis, Mark Henry, and D'Lo Brown.

With the WWF in general being hurt by the PTC's attention, they decided to mock the entire thing by creating Right to Censor, a conservative group of wrestlers lead by Steven Richards. Richards slowly picked up and converted other wrestlers to his way of thinking, including the Godfather (The Godfather had lost a match to Bull Buchanan and due to a prior stipulation he was forced to abandon "pimping" and began wearing a shirt and tie to the ring.), who was renamed "The Goodfather" and put into a tag team with Bull Buchanan that won the World Tag Team Championship. Right to Censor disbanded in 2001 as the Invasion storyline began.

After several months of inactivity, The Godfather had a short revival in 2002, claiming to have gone "legitimate" and formed a legal escort agency. It lasted around four months, but never caught on in the way the original did. Shortly after the 2002 brand split, when he was sent to SmackDown, The Godfather turned into a villain and feuded with Val Venis for a short time (in a story which acknowledged his diminished and almost unpopular status since returning earlier in the year).

The Godfather's final 2 appearances reverted him back to his old persona, with the Ho-Train (and crowd adoration) in tow. He interrupted the "wedding" of Billy and Chuck in September 2002, which helped lead the tag team into admitting that the entire gay marriage was a sham and just an attempt to get media attention. The Godfather appeared again the following month on Monday Night Raw during the Raw Roulette event, where he offered the winner of a match (Jerry Lawler vs. Steven Richards) a night out with his Ho-Train.

Wright was released from the WWE in December 2002 and retired from wrestling, returning to Las Vegasmarker to manage Cheetah's, a gentleman's club.

Retirement and one-time appearances (2002–2007)

Despite his retirement, the Godfather has returned to WWE a few times for brief one night appearances (with his Ho–Train).

He appeared at Vengeance 2005 interrupting Viscera's marriage proposal to Lilian Garcia, to show Viscera what he would be "missing out on" if he asked Lillian to marry him. Viscera dropped the proposal and dumped Garcia for The Godfather's hos.

The Godfather next appeared at the Theodore Long and Kristal Marshall wedding ceremony on the September 21, 2007 edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, where he tried to convince Long and Ron Simmons to go back to the old partying days they had, but refused. He left with his Ho Train, leaving with all the wrestler guests and commentator JBL, minus Mr.McMahon, Jonathan Coachman, Hornswoggle, Gerald Brisco, Pat Patterson, Michael Cole and several WWE Divas.

The Godfather reappeared again on WWE television during the McMahon family portrait, on December 10, 2007, during RAW's 15th Anniversary, where he let Hornswoggle join his Ho Train.

2009 Return

After being retired for six years Godfather was confirmed to wrestle for Hulk Hogan's Hulkamania tour of the world starting in Melbourne, Australiamarker.

The Godfather, in traditional fashion, made his return in Melbourne with two "hos" by his side when he teamed with Nick Dinsmore (Eugene) to take on the team known as Rock Of Love. The Godfather wrestled under his new ring name, The Pimp Fatha. The Pimp Fatha won the match for his team with the Pimp Drop (Death Valley Driver). After the match the two beautiful "hos", The Pimp Fatha and Nick Dinsmore danced in the ring. Nick Dinsmore scored a kiss from one of the "hos".

Later on in the night The Pimp Fatha was the special host for a bikini contest in which Lacey Von Erich won. After the bikini contest The Pimp Fatha and all the bikini contest contestants started dancing and were later joined by a fat man from the crowd who slid into the ring and took his top off.

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • "The Supreme Fighting Machine" – as Kama

Championships and accomplishments


  1. 1995 WWF results

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