Welcome to "The Thump!" — an irregular column spotlighting the best Black elements of professional wrestling. Named after the signature move of groundbreaking Black wrestler The Junkyard Dog, "The Thump!" showcases the history and impact of Black athletes in the squared circle.
Charles Wright has been Papa Shango, The Soultaker, Sir Charles and even Kama Mustafa. When you think about repackaged wrestlers, you will always remember his most entertaining incarnation, the wrestler who invited you to "roll a fatty for this pimp daddy, light that blunt up and say PIMPIN AINT EASY!" The Godfather! Charles Wright began his wrestling career after being discovered while working as a bartender. His career took off after his training at The Monster Factory, with a run in the USWA and New Japan Pro-Wrestling as The Soultaker. He later migrated to WWE as Sir Charles, but soon hit fame as Papa Shango, with his voodoo gimmick, which he also took to USWA. Wright took time off and returned as 'The Ultimate Fighting Machine' Kama Mustafa, joining The New Nation of Domination. His transformation into The Godfather sent the crowds wild with his pimp gimmick and flock of female entertainers who escorted him to the ring. Once in the ring, he would invite the fans to take a ride on The Ho Train. Wright eventually retired with this gimmick in 2002. Call it living the gimmick, if you will, but after retiring from the squared circle, Wright returned to his hometown of Las Vegas and began his career in Gentleman's Club Management.
As Wright 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 Godfather's 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 controversy by creating Right to Censor, a conservative group of wrestlers led by Steven Richards. The Godfather faced Bull Buchanan, Richards' first group member, in which he agreed to give up pimping if he lost. Buchanan defeated The Godfather, who promptly joined the stable and renounced his former ways. He began wearing a shirt and tie to the ring (as was part of Right to Censor's gimmick), became known as "The Goodfather", and began teaming with Buchanan. The duo won the World Tag Team Championship one time before the stable disbanded as the Invasion storyline began.
Interesting Facts: Charles Wright is a former member of the UNLV football team. He defeated Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title as both The Soultaker (1989) and Papa Shango (1993). As Kama Mustafa, he was a member of the Nation of Domination (v2) with Farooq (Ron Simmons), D'Lo Brown and The Rock. Kama Mustafa was also one of the final 3 in the 1996 WWF Royal Rumble. Former WWE Diva, Lita, made her debut in WWE as one of The Godfather's ladies. As The Godfather, he defeated Goldust for the WWE Intercontinental Title (1999). The Godfather's 3rd entrance theme, "Pimpin Aint Easy" was written/performed by Ice-T. As Charles Wright, the businessman, he owns "Cheetah's" in Las Vegas.