The world of wrestling was saddened to hear of the passing of one of the greatest managers, announcers, and personalities of all time. Bobby “The Brain” Heenan died at the age of 73, and he’s being immediately remembered in hundreds of tweets and messages across the globe.
Heenan gave the world so many memorable moments that it’s impossible to narrow down just five. Whether he was conning his fellow announcers into thinking he was leaving WCW or making Gorilla Monsoon fall out of his chair in laughter, Heenan will always be considered one of the funniest, most creative and honest workers in the wrestling and entertainment industry. So, knowing we can’t possibly do him justice, we’re still going to try.
Here are five of the Greatest and Most Memorable Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Moments in history.
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5. The Rockers Break Up
When the Rockers broke up as a tag team, it was a huge moment in the WWE. It began a push for Shawn Michaels that would prove to be one of the smartest bets the WWE would ever make. It wouldn’t have been the same if not for Bobby Heenan.
Throughout the entire video, you can hear Heenan making comments and changing his mind on a dime as everything unfolded. He started by suggesting Michaels and Jannetty couldn’t live without each other, then when Michaels super-kicked Jannetty, Heenan said: “I told you so”. The best line came after Michaels threw Jannetty through the glass. “Jannetty tried to dive through the window to escape!”. It was classic Heenan.
4. Heenan Wrestles a Phone
In an example of comedy that Heenan became known for over his tenure with the WWE (or WWF at the time), “The Brain” gave the WWE audience a couple minutes of pure genius. If you asked a wrestler or manager today to make 30 seconds with a telephone seem funny, can you think of a single talent who could do so? Heenan made this kind of sketch comedy routine.
In this case, he’s trying to get the phone to work, and all the while cracking up his co-worker Gorilla Monsoon. The WWE audience just loved seeing Heenan struggle and he knew it. He played it off brilliantly and his fellow announcers loved him for it.
3. Bobby Who?
Some of what made Heenan so good was the way he delivered his jokes with the straightest of faces. While his counterparts were losing it on the other side of the table, Heenan never broke character always delivering his jokes with conviction.
In this instance, he was discussing how excited he was to be getting his own radio show in Indiana. He called himself “Indiana’s favorite Bobby”. Of course, at the time, everyone knew of famed basketball coach Bobby Knight but you’d never have known Heenan did. He ended with, “Is that Gladys Knight’s sister?”
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2. Giving Advice
You’ll have to forgive the quality of the video, but it was too good not to include as it was one of the few times you’ll ever see Vince McMahon lose it on television. Heenan was answering fan mail and McMahon was reading the letters. One, in particular, got McMahon laughing and Heenan simply waited until his boss composed himself to answer.
The moment is pure gold, and it shows how much Heenan was probably loved by everyone in the WWE including his boss Vinny-Mac. It seems extra sad when you think about how someone who made so many people laugh was taken from this earth in such a sad way.
1. The Weasel
One of the things that made Heenan so great was that he was far and away one of the best workers willing to put over anyone. Whether it was taking a beating and selling like he was shot by a cannon, getting locked out of a building or wearing his famous weasel suit, Heenan was willing to go to any lengths to make the good guys look fantastic. He was the epitome of the classic heel getting what he had coming to him.
His nickname Bobby “The Weasel ” Heenan stuck and he played it for everything he could. This is just one of the many times Heenan donned the suit and fans everywhere loved it because they understood Heenan was about to get punished for all his evil ways.
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