RIP Bobby Heenan

32 Submitted by on Sun, 17 September 2017, 19:04

Once I can get my bearings about me later this week, I will write something.  Right now, can’t even see straight because I am in tears.  My hero, the man who made me a fan of pro wrestling, is gone.

RIP, Bobby.  You were the best.

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32 Responses to "RIP Bobby Heenan"
  1. Stone Cold Warlord says:

    RIP Bobby the Brain. Too many great memories to name a favorite. I remember watching his brilliant call of the Gimmick Battle Royal at Mania XVII and thinking how can this guy not be on TV every week.

  2. Jimbolian says:

    Very sad, there will never be a greater manager than The Brain.

  3. Ed says:

    Greatest of all time

  4. Caveman says:

    Rest in peace, Bobby. Thank you for all the memories. You will be missed.

  5. The Doctor of Style says:

    His accomplishments in wrestling of course are well-known. He also showed remarkable spirit through years of health problems. The same thing happened to him as to Roger Ebert: cancer left him disfigured, unable to control his jaw and speak clearly. But just like Ebert, he carried on and bravely faced the cameras. What remarkable men; real leaders.

    Possibly the last video he shot shows him at a convention, still being a wise guy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrEhN8sU63U

    And check out the 00:30 mark from this 2014 convention, where he gives Scott Hall a low blow with his cane!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTd8SFpM9KM

    RIP to the irreplaceable Brain/Weasel!

  6. Alexandru says:

    yeah this sucks. While I only saw Heenan when he didn’t care ( I was a WCW guy) when you look back at his prime he was tremendous. He was a heel announcer who could always get a baby face over, and always be amazingly quick witted

  7. Jay says:

    Rest well Brain. The humanoids weep for your loss and laugh at all the memories you gifted us with.

  8. Eric Hinkle says:

    Crap.

    You were the best, Mister Heenan. Thanks for everything.

  9. PlasticDiverGuy says:

    I can already hear Gorilla saying “Will you stop that Brain!”. Partners reunited, but definitely a sad day in wrestling.

  10. Zama Rin says:

    My fave entertainer as a child, in any medium. I loved him. I’ll never forget him.

  11. Sean Bateman says:

    Heaven finally can have Bobby working off of Monsoon on commentary or managing Curt Hennig.

  12. Alfonzo Tyson says:

    Two of my favorite Bobby Heenan quips of all time:

    1) Gorilla Monsoon : Please, don’t try this at home. These are trained professionals.
    Bobby Heenan: Unless your wife weighs over 200 pounds!
    Gorilla Monsoon: Will you stop?!

    2) Bobby Heenan: Did you hear Brutus Beefcake got into a hockey accident?
    Vince McMahon: What do you mean a “hockey accident?”
    Bobby Heenan: Didn’t you hear? He had a face-off!!!

    They don’t make ’em like that anymore. Rest in Peace, Brain.

  13. DP says:

    As good as he was as a manager and announcer, I’ve read he was an even better person. RIP.

  14. Garrett Edward Spears says:

    Rest in peace Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. If Heaven exists I’m sure you’re glad to be announcing with Gorilla Monsoon as the two of you watch some other legends who passed away perform in the ring located in the great cloud in the sky. No matter what duo or trio does announcing of any match on any wrestling show whether it be regular, cable or pay-per-view, nobody and I mean NOBODY can replace Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Why? Because they were magic.

  15. Kev says:

    I always knew that when Heenan passed, RD was going to be inconsolable. I’m with you, man. Ric Flair and Dusty made me a wrestling fan, but Heenan did more than anyone to keep me a wrestling fan.

  16. Retro Redress says:

    Spluttering with laughter at (2! I’d not heard that one before.

    A sad loss – The Brain was one of favourites as kid.

  17. "Vagabond" Jonathan Jacobs says:

    SCHIAVONE: Ric Flair showing the four fingers, signifying the Four Horsemen
    HEENAN: When Hogan walked by I showed one finger!

    (“Real American” playing)
    HEENAN: That’s my second favorite song of all time!
    MONSOON: I’m afraid to ask…what’s the first?
    HEENAN: All the rest are tied!

    RIP Brain!

  18. Sean O says:

    Just be glad he’s no longer suffering from the horrors of throat cancer and that he and Monsoon are calling the greatest matches up at the pearly gates now.

  19. Mav says:

    Well said, RD. Monday nights growing up were golden because of Bobby and Gorilla. This is a huge loss, right up there with Piper or Savage. He was so funny, so sharp. I’ve stolen a lot of mannerisms over the years from Bobby. His book is great. His Family was great. He’s with Gorilla now and that makes me happy.

  20. Wilson says:

    “Cheating is only cheating when you get caught, and bragging isn’t bragging when you can do it.”

    No one did it better

  21. kmtown says:

    I had the chance to see him as he started out in Indianapolis, with the Assassins, the Blackjacks, and Baron Von Raschke. I feel a part of myself has gone along with him.

  22. C Boz says:

    My fave moment of all time: Heenan in 1991 with the NWA belt announcing the “Real World’s Champion” Ric Flair’s pending arrival to the WWF. All time shocker, delivered perfectly.

    RIP Bobby “The Brain”

  23. D Bone says:

    “Win if you can. Lose if you must. But always cheat.”

  24. Timothy X says:

    RIP The Brain.

  25. TheDude says:

    So sad. R.I.P. Bobby the Brain. So many memories from my childhood. Between managing, the weasel costume, and as an announcer, you will be sorely missed.

  26. Crimie says:

    The night Bobby died I was watching the 92 Royal Rumble. I read about it the next morning and was devastated. It was kinda spooky to think I was enjoying the finest work of this mans career as he was passing on to the other side. My heart is heavy for the Heenan family – much love – Crimie

  27. King of Kings says:

    Some of my favorite Bobby Heenan quotes.

    Heenan: Do you perform these umm (funeral) services?

    Slick: On many occasions..

    Heenah: How hard is it to get the gold out of the teeth? 😀

    Heenan: I’m Indiana’s favorite Bobby

    Vince: Bobby Knight is Indiana’s favorite Bobby

    Heenan: Who? 😀

    I don’t think I could write anymore as I’m starting to tear up myself. RD you’re not alone, Bobby could bring out any emotion he wanted out of us. He’d make us so angry yet make us laugh ourselves silly at the same time. One other thing about him was that he wasn’t afraid to take bumps or wasn’t above humiliating himself just to entertain all of us ham and eggers.

    Wrestling’s never gonna be the same again especially now that we lost the single greatest manager that ever graced us with his presence. The only solace I think any of us can take from all of this is that now he’s up there hopefully in heaven and finally able to host Prime Time Wrestling once again along with Gorilla Monsoon and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

    RIP Bobby The Brain Heenan. Us humanoids are forever in your debt for all the memories you’ve given us. Godspeed.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to cry me one then watch some Royal Rumble 92 and Survivor Series 93 back to back and laugh my tears away.

  28. Chris the Bambikiller says:

    He was the best. Will we ever witness anyone being half as good as the Brain? I doubt it.

  29. Shockwave says:

    Among wrestlers, Andre the Giant. Among managers, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.

  30. LARRY says:

    Some of my favorite “Heenanisms”

    “Hogan’s theme is my 2nd favorite song Monsoon.”
    “I’m almost afraid to ask, what’s your favorite?”
    “All the rest are tied”

    “A pat on the back is only 12 inches away from a kick in the rear”.

    (Tito Santana’s finisher) “The flying burrito!”

    (Tatanka’s finisher) “A papoose to go!”

    (During a skit where he & I.R.S. are looking to audit audience members)
    “You sir, what do you do for a living?”
    “I’m an attorney”
    (Quickly & pure deadpan to I.R.S.) “Forget that!”

    (To George Steinbrenner sitting at ringside while the Red Rooster was getting beat)
    “What do you do to a guy like that???”
    “You fire him!”
    “That’s right you fire him!”
    (Completely unscripted too)

    “Well, it’s hard to get people to do anything in life for $25,000. That’s why I’m increasing the bounty on Mr. Wonderful to $50,000.”

    And my personal favorite:
    (Any time a heel would cheat or interfere in a match)
    “Wait a minute! My monitor went out! What happened???”

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