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NY Times’ Bobby Heenan’s story

New York Times’ NEIL GENZLINGER penned a good story on former wrestling manager and broadcaster Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Here’s a snippet.

Bobby Heenan, a professional wrestler who found greater success managing other wrestlers and working as a quick-witted commentator, becoming one of the most colorful figures in a flamboyant business, died on Sunday in Tampa, Fla. He was 72.

His death was announced on the website of WWE, the organization formerly known as World Wrestling Entertainment. Mr. Heenan, universally known by his nickname, the Brain, had been treated for throat cancer and other health problems for years.

Mr. Heenan managed a starry roster of wrestlers, including Andre the Giant, Nick Bockwinkel, the Brain Busters, King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd. And he was one of wrestling’s most visible characters, whether inviting the crowd at ringside to shower him with derision or bantering on television about a forthcoming match.

The wrestler Ric Flair, on Twitter on Sunday, called him “the greatest manager, one of the greatest announcers, and one of the best in-ring performers in the history of the business.”
Raymond Louis Heenan was born on Nov. 1, 1944, in Chicago. His father, Robert, was a railroad worker. His mother, the former Mildred Bernadette Kambrcz, was a hotel manager.

He saw his first match as a boy, and the attraction was immediate. “I was 10 years old, and I went to the Marigold Arena in Chicago, and I was hooked, just like that,” Mr. Heenan said at his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

He began hanging out at wrestling events in Chicago as a teenager, carrying wrestlers’ jackets, selling soda and doing other odd jobs; the wrestler Dick the Bruiser (Richard Afflis) was a particular mentor.

When someone did not show up one day, the young Mr. Heenan donned a mask and took part in a match. By the mid-1960s he was in the ring as a wrestler himself. He often employed a shtick that involved a lot of talk but an aversion to actual physical contact.

Mr. Heenan began managing other wrestlers early in his career, and in the bluster-filled world of professional wrestling, that did not mean merely scheduling their matches; it meant brashly talking them up and taunting their opponents.

His wrestlers were generally “heels” — the villains in the matches — and so he came in for a fair amount of taunting himself. Detractors called him Weasel and were quick to chant that name when he turned up at ringside or in the announcers’ booth.

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Jason Saint on Bobby Heenan

Shitload of Wrestling’s and manager Jason Saint reflected on the passing of Bobby Heenan.

“Ya listen to me, you’ll go to the top! You don’t listen to me, you’re never heard from again!”

He was a pioneer of professional wrestling mouthpieces. He could do it all, from wrestling to managing to commentary to interviews and everything between. He took relatively unknown wrestlers and turned them into legendary fixtures in only a few minutes. He could turn a nation of millions on someone they loved simply by shaking their hand. Although it’s been a long time coming as he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002, nobody expected the legend to go home, but as of September 17th, 2017, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan was taken from this world.

Although people generally despised Heenan, when the man spoke, the people listened. His one-liners were legendary, and his vouching for anyone meant that said wrestler was someone to keep an eye out for. Bobby Heenan began his career in wrestling in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1961, managing Angelo Poffo (father of Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo). As time went on, Heenan became a fixture that fans loved to hate in the AWA where he began managing Ray “The Crippler” Stevens and the legendary Nick Bockwinkel. During a feud with Dick The Bruiser, Heenan was insulted by The Bruiser and called a “weasel”, a nickname that would stick throughout the rest of his career. In 1975, Heenan managed Bockwinkel to his first AWA World Heavyweight Championship.

After leaving the AWA in 1984, Heenan traveled to New York City where he began working for the WWF. It was there that he managed Big John Studd, Ken Patera, Buddy Rose, Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy, The Brainbusters, Rick Rude, Harley Race, The Islanders, Hercules, The Barbarian, Mr. Perfect, The Brooklyn Brawler, and of course, Andre The Giant. Heenan led Andre to the ring in what may have been the most famous match of the 1980s at WrestleMania 3, where Andre was bodyslammed by Hulk Hogan.

When a professional wrestler aligned themselves with “The Brain”, their career took off, as the world’s greatest wrestling manager made them a star by talking them up while everyone else fought to get a word in edgewise. It was his career as a manager that made it so easy for “The Brain” to work as a commentator, teaming with Gorilla Monsoon in a beloved duo that fans adored. Heenan also worked as a commentator for WCW from 1994 until 2001.

Bobby had a certain air about him that fans loved to detest. When he stood from his chair at ringside, fans came alive to alert the ref that “The Brain” was about to cheat. When he would hear a smattering of fans chanting ‘Weasel! Weasel!’, Bobby would simply turn his head, and with that, the rest of the fans would join in, chanting against the manager. Bobby’s legacy stands as a personality that fans of all ages will remember forever, both as a manager and as a hero to so many wrestlers, commentators, and managers for years to come. With his family around him, Bobby passed away at the age of 73, and if the way that several wrestlers and wrestling fans are honoring him on social media is any indication, he’ll never, ever be forgotten.

Going in Raw reviews In Your House 3


The guys Steve and Larson review In Your House 3. It’s interesting to get their take on things, especially with Michael Hayes being Dok Hendrix. I remember watching WWF in my younger days and my stepdad saying the same thing.

Chris Jericho’s WWE Debut

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 17 years since one of my all-time favorite wrestlers, Chris Jericho, made his WWF debut. Jericho’s lead up consisted of a “Countdown to the Millennium,” that would strike 00:00 when The Rock was in the middle of a promo.

Many saw this as a testing ground for Jericho, who found himself cutting a promo against The Great One in his first few moments as a WWF superstar.

Jericho has had a plethora of great moments in his WWE career – he’s won multiple championships and headlined numerous programs – and he continues to deliver. During his last few stints in the WWE, he’s worked with some of the younger talent.

Alman on the ‘American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes


Dusty Rhodes vs. “Superstar” Billy Graham in a Texas Death Match

Today the wrestling community lost one of its greats.

WWE announced that Hall of Famer and three-time NWA world champion Dusty Rhodes – real name Virgil Runnels – passed away.

I first watched Dusty when I was 6 years old. He was the “common man,” feuding with the “Macho King” Randay Savage. Savage had Queen Sherri while Dusty had sweet Sapphire. Savage had the crown and robes while Dusty had the polka dots. It was an angle that I wished had continued longer than it should. Later I would learn that the polka dots were a rib, however the American Dream made that work and as he put it “took it to the pay window.” Dusty proved that you can make the worst gimmicks work.

Over the years I watched him as become a commentator or a manager, having no idea how instrumental he was behind the scenes. He’d make the occasional ring appearance on WCW or ECW. Fans today may hear about his work with NXT rookies.

It wasn’t until I became older that I discovered Dusty’s work in the ’70s and ’80s. Everyone talks about the wars he had with Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen, but Dusty was involved in some battles with “Superstar” Billy Graham, Harley Race and Terry Funk.


Dusty Rhodes tells a good Terry Funk story

Dusty’s promos were legendary and they really tugged at the heartstrings. One of the things that made Dusty so popular was that he was a guy folks could relate to , similar with “Stone Cold ‘Steve Austin or Daniel Bryan. You could imagine yourself having a beer with Dusty at a football game. He’s someone who bring home for dinner to meet your parents.

Dusty was also a heck of a tag team wrestler, mostly known for his association with Dick Murdoch. He’s also held titles with Bobo Brazil, Andre the Giant and the Road Warriors.

As a booker, Dusty was ahead of his time. He created the Great American Bash and Starcade. Not all of his ideas worked – i.e. The Shockmaster – but you couldn’t say Dream’s ideas were boring.

The world will miss you Dusty. Thanks for the memories.

Game Grumps play Wrestlemania Challenge

An entertaining playthrough of the classc “WWF Wrestlemania Challenge.”

The debut of Goldust

In this video dropped by WWE, one of pro wrestling’s most unique characters Goldust makes his WWF debut – the Bizarre One, Goldust. This character was ahead of his time and became one of the most infamous superstars of all time. Goldust had several notable feuds against the likes of Roddy Piper, Razor Ramon and The Undertaker.

It’s interesting to see how Dustin Runnels – better known as Dustin Rhodes – has turned his character into primary persona. Goldust went on to capture numerous championships over the years, including a multiple time Intercontinental championship and several tag team title reigns with his brother Cody Rhodes and Booker T.