Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, the greatest wrestling manager, announcer, and WWE Hall of Famer, has passed away at the age of 72 after battling health issues that included throat cancer that claim the lower half of his face. He is survived by his wife and family.
Heenan broke into wrestling in the 1960’s as a wrestler and soon became a manager where he will manage many wrestling greats including the Blackjacks, Harley Race, Nick Bockwinkel, Curt Hennig, Ric Flair, Rick Rude, Paul Orndorff, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Haku, Andre The Giant, Ken Patera, The Missing Link, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Hercules Hernandez, The Rock N Roll Express, and many more before retiring as a manager in the early 90’s and become an announcer.
As announcer, he worked with many greats such as Vince McMahon, Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Lord Alfred Hayes, Sean Mooney, Mean Gene Okerlund, Eric Bischoff, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Macho Man Randy Savage. But the one person that Brain has the best chemistry and friendship with is Gorilla Monsoon as they were the Abbott and Costello of wrestling. They were friends thick and thin until Gorilla’s passing in the late 90’s.
Bobby Heenan has done it all as a wrestler, manager, and announcer and never gave less than 100%. This was why he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Heenan will be missed by his family, fans, and the pro wrestling community worldwide. I will never forget his promos about his favorite venue, The Cow Palace. Brain, there will never be another like you. RIP