On September 17, 2017, another beloved old-school World Wrestling Federation character, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan passed away. He had been fighting an aggressive throat cancer, which had destroyed his lower jaw.
“The Brain” was a character in WWF, who was one of those quick talking, used car selling, slick managers of the actual wrestlers.
He was born Raymond Louis Heenan, and was originally from Chicago. He had started his professional wrestling career withe the pre-merger AWA. His first character, as a wrestler was named “Pretty Boy” Bobby Heenan.
Heenan was a mainstay and a cornerstone of the 1980’s WWF seasons, delightfully hating on other wrestlers, butting heads with the crowd, but all were eating out of his hand. He was a pro. He was the black-hat, everyone hated, but loved at the same time.
After transferring his talents to the WWF, all was history. He was part of the new era in “pro-wrestling”. He was part of the re-birth and arguably belonged to a ‘golden-age’ of sorts.
His fans are many, and all will miss him.
He was aged 72.
WWE Tribute Vid to Heenan: