WWE: Mourning the passing of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
The wrestling world has lost another icon of the industry. It broke late Sunday night that Bobby “The Brain” Heenan had passed away at the age 73 after dealing with several health issues. He was such a major fixture in the WWF as he was one of the best managers around. It is worth noting that he was around during a time when managers were a thing in professional wrestling.
He was born in Chicago in 1944 and grew up a wrestling fan. He did perform in the ring for some time, but he was more known as being a manager. The first break he got at being a manager was in Indianapolis based promotion that was called WWA. He would first manage Angelo Poffo and Chris Markoff. Angelo Poffo was the father of Lanny Poffo and WWE Hall of Famer Macho Man Randy Savage. He would end up being a heel manager on the indepdent scene for most of the 1960s and 1970s.
He would end up getting his big break in the WWF in 1984 when Vince McMahon would end up luring him away from the AWA to manage Jesse “The Body” Ventura. However, Ventura was not able to wrestle for some time and Heenan would be paired with Big John Studd as he would end up feuding with Andre the Giant as they would clash at the first Wrestlemania. While in the WWF, Heenan would end up reforming the Heenan Family. This was a stable that has been ranked among one of the more powerful ones in wrestling history. When he was able to pull this off, there happen to be a ton of names to being brought in over the years. Some of them would include Big John Studd, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Harley Race, and others.
He would end up splitting up time between being a commentator and being a manger from 1986-1994. It would be that he would end up leaving the WWF in 1994 to relax and take time off. It is worth noting that he would also be part of the first episode of RAW when it started in 1993. However, his retirement wasn’t long as he would be contacted by the WCW in 1994 to come in. There was nothing worthy that he did while he was in WCW. He would get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004. It is worth noting that he was not in the best shape towards the end of his life.
Personally, I didn’t get to see him live but I have seen him on the WWE Network and I would agree that there was something about him that made him so good. It has been said for some time that when it comes to managers, Heenan was one and Heyman is second.
Let us know in the comments what was your favorite Bobby “The Brain” Heenan moments.