Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

WWE Wrestling Legend Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan Dies Aged 73

WWE Wrestling Legend Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan Dies Aged 73

By Sunday evening, almost every voice in the wrestling world shared their thoughts about the Weasel, clarifying a thousand times over that he was a miraculous talent, one of the most influential men in the history of the sports-entertainment business, and more often than not the smartest man in the room.

Heenan, whose voice was synonymous with wrestling throughout the 1980s and 1990s, bravely battled health issues since being diagnosed with cancer in 2002.

As you've probably heard by now, WWE Hall Of Famer and legendary wrestling manager Bobby Heenan passed away earlier today.

Though most remember him as the mischievous manager, the "Brain" also saw great success as an announcer.

Heenan named competitors under his guidance as the Heenan Family, a moniker meant to show the strength of their alliance over any of their opposition. His list of clients is a who's who of legends: Andre the Giant, Rick Rude, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Mr.

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From 1986 he began to duel his managerial career with duties behind the commentary desk, his work with Gorilla Monsoon being the soundtrack to many a childhood.

WWE have extended their condolences to the Heenan family, and we at buzz.ie do the same.

Click to get weekly celebrity death news delivered to your inbox. He was signed to WWE in 1984.

The 1992 Royal Rumble proved to be perhaps the greatest night in Heenan's career, as his commentating tour-de-force during the main event resulted in an hour of classic one-liners, intentionally aggravating condescension, and ample cheerleading for eventual victor Ric Flair. However, he soon accepted a job offer to commentate in rival company WCW (the now defunct World Championship Wrestling) and worked behind the mic and on screen until 2000.

Chided with chants of "weasel" for years for his shrewd antics, he transitioned into a commentator and his chemistry with former wrestler-turned-commentator Gorilla Monsoon is still considered the standard for wrestling announcing almost 30 years later.

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The on-screen relationship between Heenan and Monsoon was vicious and incredibly amusing, with an improvisational banter that no other announcing teams could top.

Heenan was part of the original broadcast team for Monday Night Raw in its 1993 debut and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.

Other members of the wrestling community also paid tribute to Heenan on Twitter.

In a tweet, Flair called him, "The Greatest Manager, One Of The Greatest Announcers, And One Of The Best In-Ring Performers In The History Of The Business".

Heenan's career started all the way back in the 1960s, and he wore many different hats in that time since.

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