Monday, September 18, 2017

'The Brain'

Shortly before going to bed last night, I found out that Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan had passed away.

In all the years that I've been a fan of professional wrestling, Heenan was the best heel manager and color commentator in the business having started as a manager/wrestler in the 1960s.

Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan 1944-2017When I first started following the WWF over twenty years later, Heenan was managing Andre the Giant and other monsters within the company. Then - shortly after that - he became a commentator.

I loved his commentary back then. He had great timing. His on-air chemistry with Gorilla Monsoon made it even greater.

The 1992 Royal Rumble is one of my favourite matches. His commentary is one of the reasons why. 

Same goes for WrestleMania VIII. This is my favourite Mania. Heenan and Monsoon's back-and-forths during the event are one of the many highlights.

After leaving the WWF in 1993, Heenan went on to World Championship Wrestling and was the main color commentator for the company.

Over the past few years, Heenan had battled cancer. Ironically, the fight resulted in him having to lose part of his jaw. I heard that this didn't stop him from being witty as he would write his comebacks to people using a pad and paper.

He was also still passionate about the business and continued to make appearances on the convention circuit long after his surgeries and other problems that came along with his illness and aging.

There's no doubt in my mind. Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan was a legend. 

And if you don't agree, you're a ham-and-egger.

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