The world of professional wrestling woke up to sad news after learning that Bobby “The Brain” Heenan had passed on. Bobby was one of the most renowned managers and commentators in the history of professional wrestling. Although the cause of death has not yet been confirmed, Heenan had been battling throat cancer since 2002.
Professional Wrestling Career:
After early success in the World Wrestling Association (WWA) and the American Wrestling Association (AWA), Heenan was signed by the WWE in 1984. His first managerial client as part of the promotion was WWE Hall of Famer Big John Studd.
Throughout his years as a manager, Heenan formed what would come to be known as the Heenan Family, a group of superstars whom he managed. Among them were Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Paul Orndorff, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect and Harley Race.
All of those names also hold their rightful places in the WWE Hall of Fame. Heenan himself, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
“The Brain” was also part of the original broadcast team for WWE’s Monday Night Raw in 1993, and also sat at the announce table for both Raw and WCW Monday Nitro.
At the time of his passing, “The Brain” was 73 years of age. Stars from the wrestling world took to Twitter to honor Heenan. Led by the Chairman and CEO of WWE, Vince McMahon, messages of condolences have continued to stream in as the world mourns one of the greatest managers in the world of professional wrestling.
We here at SportWorld101 send our messages of condolences to Heenan’s family, friends and fans.