Wrestling lost a true all-time great yesterday when Bobby “The Brain” Heenan passed away at age 72. He had no peer as a manager or color commentator.
Bobby was unscripted. He didn’t rely on catchphrases. He owned a quick wit that worked in any circumstance. He considered the situation and improvised hilarity while staying true to the face/heel dynamic. Bobby didn't want to be cool, or cheered. Bobby sold what needed sold.
Bobby’s work had countless peaks. But my personal favorite was him teasing the arrival (finally!) of Ric Flair to WWE in 1991, and then his involvement with Flair once he got there. Flair lasting 60 minutes to win the 1992 Royal Rumble (and the WWE championship) was not only one of Flair’s finest hours, but it was Bobby’s tour de force on color commentary. He was absolutely amazing.
I worked with Bobby in WCW from 1994-2000. It was an honor. When he talked, I listened. Everybody did. The acronym G.O.A.T. is badly overused. Bobby was.
Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, R.I.P.
All you humanoids, remember: A friend in need is a pest.
P.S. - Heenan + Nick Bockwinkel in the AWA from 1974-84 = NOTHING BETTER.