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Bobby the Brain: Wrestling's Bad Boy Tells All Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2002
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The inspiring story of a man who wrestled his way to the top! One of the best biographies of all time.Published 1 month ago by Julie
Bobby "the Brain" Heenan is no doubt a well known personality of pro wrestling. Granted was colorful in the World Wrestling Federation, now WWE. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Spencer Palmer
Reading a wrestling book by Bobby Heenan is what any fan from his era would enjoy, like watching Macho Man big elbow from the top rope! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hopscotch
It was a decent book....I've read better and I've read worse. It isn't a narrative so much as it is a random streaming of thoughts organized by chapters..Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bobby Heenan's humor comes through and it is a quality read. Not as great as some other wrestling books I have read but something that kept my attention, made me laugh out loud,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by K Stat