RIP: Bobby “The Brain Heenan 1944 – 2017


If you’re a fan of old-school wrestling like myself then chances are, you’ve probably heard the name, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. He was a wrestling manager and color commentator in the WWE back in the 80’s and early 90’s. He also worked for WCW for a little while.

Bobby Heenan was mostly known as a “heel” aka a bad guy in wrestling. I can’t remember him being, “babyface”? Maybe he was a babyface for a little bit but he mostly played a bad guy performer for most of his career. In the WWE, he mostly managed heel wrestlers such as Andre, Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect most notably. When Heenan was color commentators during matches, he always sided with heel wrestlers and talk trashed to babyface wrestlers.

“The Brain” was a genius performer. He was one of those heel performers who was really good at getting people to boo him, and that’s a heel’s job. Fans hated, “The Brain”, back in those days. It was crazy. “The Brain”, had it all. He had the great mic work, the good looks and the man knew how to dress too.

Without “The Brain”, the wrestling industry wouldn’t have gotten to where it is today. He is a crucial performer in wrestling. The wrestling business and the fans looked up to him over the years. We’ve never forgotten how great of a performer he really was. “The Brain”, really knew how to put on a show, and he knew how to get people excited for matches which was a part of his job.

He was the best in the business. Without “The Brain”, there would have been no Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Macho Man, Mr. Perfect, Ric Flair, etc. “The Brain” got them all over and they got famous ’cause of him.

“The Brain” was a genius, and I loved watching him. Thank you, Bobby.

I’m sure Monday Night RAW tonight will do a little tribute for him.


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