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Bobby the Brain: Wrestling's Bad Boy Tells All Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2002

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Following in the footsteps of the likes of Mick "Mankind" Foley, The Rock and Kurt Angle, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan has become the latest professional wrestler to set his life on the mat to the page. While the book certainly won't challenge for any literary prizes, Heenan-a funny, cocky guy with an intelligence that goes well beyond his 8th grade education-is surprisingly charming. A pro wrestler since the 1960s, Heenan recounts the early days spent wrestling bears in Canada, getting cheated by promoters and bleeding in smoky gyms and halls across the northeast, all for as little as $10 a night. A devoted family man, Heenan finally made a comfortable living off the sport he loves in the 1980s and 1990s and has spent a lifetime reveling in the attention (and venom) his supporters and detractors have thrown his way. 22 pages of b&w photos
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Heenan has been involved in professional wrestling since the 1960s. He's worked empty small-town arenas where a curtain with painted-on faces was used to simulate a packed house for the television audience. He's worked prime-time network television. Jesse Ventura and Hulk Hogan are among his peers and sometimes clients. Heenan's ongoing role has been that of manager, and if you know the "sport," you know that managers usually show up in a suit, tout their guy, and then wind up in the ring after insults are exchanged. It's all high drama or low theater, and it has played very well to more than a few generations of 13-year-old boys. Heenan relates 30-plus years of often-hilarious, self-deprecating anecdotes, profiling along the way some of the unique individuals attracted to this hybrid of sports and soap opera. Heenan even gets a bit personal, revealing his search for long-lost family members and reflecting on his ongoing battle with cancer. A very entertaining memoir from a man who's been on the inside of a uniquely American entertainment medium. Wes Lukowsky
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572434651
  • ASIN: B005EP29OQ
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Riggs on September 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Bobby Heenan was in the the original big three wrestling organizations during each of their peaks. AWA in the early 80's, WWF in the mid 80s to early 90s, and WCW during the late 90s. Throughout the book he details what it was like and several HILARIOUS stories from those days. Among them are stories involving: Ric Flair, Andre The Giant, Harley Race, Vince McMahon, Linda McMahon, Jesse Ventura, BlackJack Lanza, Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Gorilla Monsoon, Verne Gagne, Mean Gene Okerlund, and many more. The Foreward by Hulk Hogan really says alot about The Brain. The only reason this didn't get five stars is because some of the dates and such are off a bit, but for any wrestling fan or any era that had Bobby Heenan in it, which I guess is every era except this current one, should definitely get this book. Of all of the wrestling books that I have read this one is my favorite.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Utz on December 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Bobby Heenan since the early 70s when he was "Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan and he was managing the likes of the Blackjacks, the Valiant Brothers, and Baron von Raschke in the AWA against foes such as Bruiser and Crusher, Pepper Gomez and Cowboy Bob Ellis. I actually felt sorry for poor Bobby as he was repeatedly bashed and bloodied by the "faces." Years later I re-discovered pro-wrestling and there was ol' Bobby, now known as the "Brain" managing Andre the Giant and so many other greats.
Therefore, it was with great expectation that I purchased this book and read it on a four and a half hour flight recently. While happy to read about Bobby Heenan in his own words, I was disappointed by the book's brevity. This is more a series of anecdotes loosely organized into chapters than a coherent biography of the man and his sport.
The Brain covers his early years in the AWA much too swiftly as he does also with his recent years in WCW. He basically covers his work with the Valiant brothers in one sentence by saying they were awful. He mentions Blackjack Lanza but skips his managing of the Blackjacks (Lanza and Mulligan), which included a feud with Bruiser and Crusher that culminated in a gruesome cage match at Chicago's Soldier Field (where Heenan actually vomited in the ring).
That is not to say that this book is a waste. Even a little Brain is better than none at all. Bobby gives us story after story of how a particular wrestler worked in the ring or how certain promoters screwed over the wrestlers. He gives insight into how wrestlers get along outside the ring and how they manage to protect themselves from over-zealous fans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig Zablo on September 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Bobby Heenan. "The Weasel." "Bobby the Brain." Call him what you want, but you'd have to admit that he was an "entertainer."
Heenan spent nearly 40 years in the world of pro wrestling. He wasn't your typical wrestler. He wasn't gigantic. He wasn't musclebound. He didn't fly through the air [unless being thrown by the Bruiser or some other good guy].
Fans loved or hated him, but no one was neutral about Bobby Heenan. He could "rassle" with anyone and make them look better. No one could work a crowd like "the Brain." And Bobby Heenan was witty. His one-liners and off-the-cuff comments were at times more entertaining than the matches themselves.
Bobby Heenan has written a book and he "tells all the stories, names all the names and doesn't care who gets mad about it." Hulk Hogan, Andre "The Giant," and Vince McMahon are just a few of the many colorful characters that Heenan discusses.
Heenan's book is available now. So call him what you want... Brain... Weasel... Entertainer... but be sure and add author to the list!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on May 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Bobby Heenan... here's a man that didn't finish 8th grade yet became one of the biggest names and most hated men in wrestling history. Bobby fills us in with a plethora of anecdotes about his career and has no qualms about telling you who he didn't like (Valiant Brothers, Haystacks Calhoun, Tony Schiavone to name a few). This is a very loose writing style which covers loads of stories throughout his career, often jumping back and forth in time. Stories are brief and straight to the punch, usually just a paragraph or two. Time periods are based off your wrestling knowledge as Heenan does not identify the year something happened; but if your reading this book, you're probably a fan and know it just by those involved in the story.

There are some great stories involving Andre the Giant, Baron von Raschke, and even his real life appreciation of Hogan. He also really gets into his dislike of how WCW was run and all the positive career chances he received when dealing with WWF. My favorite chapter may have been the run-down of the Bobby Heenan Family which quickly covered most of the men he 'managed'. Overall, quick and fun read, wish it were longer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kris S. Thompson on July 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When I was growing up Bobby Heenan was one of the premiere managers for the WWE. After a while he slowed his schedule down and became one of the best color guys with his best pair up being alongside Gorilla Monsoon. I was really looking forward to this book and it didn't disappoint as the day it came via UPS, I was cleaning the house, opened up the book to flip through and ended up reading it cover to cover in one sitting forgetting what I was in the middle of. While it wasn't at the Mick Foley standard, it was what a book should do, leave someone wanting more. Heenan tells funny stories about how he broke into the business and about the politics behind the scenes all with his dry wit many people have come to love over the years. This is a good light read.
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