Charles Wright

Not many people know him as Charles Wright but if you saw a picture of him you would know the guy because of his longevity in the wrestling business. Charles in many respects is the man of many gimmicks as some fans know him as Papa Shango, Kama Mustafa, Kama "The Supreme Fighting Machine", The Soultaker, Sir Charles, or the one he might be most known for is The Godfather. Charles Wright was one of the better big men in the wrestling business to this day because not many 300 pound guys can move as well as he did when he was in the ring. Charles was trained by "Pretty Boy" Larry Sharpe at the Monster Factory in New Jersey; then he got a job with Jerry Lawler in the USWA then he went to NJPW (New Japan Pro-Wrestling). After his tour in New Japan he began in WWF at the suggestion of The Undertaker, before he debuted he was repackaged as Papa Shango in January 1992.

Charles career didn't take off until the summer of 1998 after he returned to the company in 1997 and after Charles left the Nation of Domination he became The Godfather. Over the course of his career Charles became a tag team specialists forming teams with such stars as Bull Buchanon, Val Venis, Mark Henry, and D'Lo Brown. Once the PTC (Parents Television Council) started to pressure WWF about The Godfather's gimmick and saying it being to risque for primetime TV they had to figure out a new gimmick for him. They chose to change Charles's gimmick and have him join the new group Right to Censor which was a conservative group led by Steven Richards. In 2002 The Godfather returned for a short lived run but his gimmick never caught on as it did the first time and it didn't help when he got suspended from May 2002 to August 2002 then led to him getting let go in the fall. But once again I have to say not many big men where as good as Charles's was on the microphone and not many guys moved in the ring as well as he did in my book. I hope you enjoy this look back in time below take a look at a flashback to see Papa Shango in action: