Badseed's Bottomline Supplemental #16

Bobby the Brain Heenan: Wrestlingís Bad Boy Tells All
By Bobby Heenan and Steve Anderson

By Badseed

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    Hulk-A-Mania would have been nothing without the slew of enemies led by Bobby the Brain Heenan. From Nick Bockwinkle and Paul Orndorff to King Kong Bundy, Andre the Giant and Ric Flair, Hoganís rogue gallery rivals that of Spiderman and it is all because of the most intelligent manager to ever step foot in a squared circle.

     From the AWA to the WWF to WCW, Heenan maintained that he hated Hulk Hogan, even when Hogan himself turned to the darkside. So, I found it so interesting to find out that these two were best of friends. Hogan even writes the foreword to Heenanís book with poignant and touching words about the manager that made his life a living hell.

     Strangely, I loved Wrestlingís Bad Boy Tells All, not because of the wrestling, but for the human element of the story. You can tell from Heenanís witty, yet intelligent and warm banter, that he loves wrestling with all his heart. There is no real ego in this book. It is about Heenanís blood family, his squared circle family, and the family he searched for and found.

     Readers will discover that Heenan was actually not a bad wrestler himself and even wrestled a bear at one time, despite pointing out in the WWF that he had never wrestled before. Heenan got down and dirty with the best of them in various bloody encounters and was never shy about taking bumps, even as a manager, which it turned out, Heenan was best suited for, managing the rising stars as they entered the WWF. Heenan even found success in the broadcasting field (as a color commentator making the announcing team he had with Gorilla Monsoon as memorable as the one Gorilla had with Jesse The Body Ventura. Heenan was a happy-go-lucky star who was never afraid to take one for the team. However, he had some obstacles to overcome.

     Stricken with cancer, Heenan discusses his fight and eventual victory over the illness. He even discusses a meeting with a long lost family member, a brother he still keeps in contact with. We also read about the special bond he shares with his wisecracking daughter. Heenan does not just make you feel part of the wrestling world, he makes you feel a part of his life, sharing so many intimate thoughts and emotions with the fans.

     Unfortunately, we are missing such key topics that I would have loved to read about Heenanís relationship with Paul Orndorff (why is he so often ignored?). What about the incident where he tried to sell Hercules into slavery, the storyline where he verbally attacked Big Bossmanís mother and his career in WCW, which is barely mentioned. Heenan was in the business for so many years that 200-pages seemed miniscule considering his successes.

     Nonetheless, I appreciate Heenan inviting us into your life, but now that we know you, please tell us more!

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