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Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel [Kindle Edition]

Larry Matysik , Barbara Goodish , Dave Meltzer , Jim Ross
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Written by his best friend and widow, this compelling biography of international wrestling superstar “Bruiser” Brody provides an unparalleled look at his life and death. At 6’5” and a muscular 320 pounds, Brody was a giant in the ring who evoked fear in his opponents and respect from the wrestling community. In the geographical segregated wrestling world of the 1970s and 1980s, where each area had its own stars, Brody’s intensity made him one of the few recognized as celebrities across the country. Featuring candid discussions about the nature of wrestling during Brody’s heyday as well as a frank description of his horrific murder and its aftermath, this revealing account illustrates why Brody continues to be one of the most beloved figures in wrestling.

Editorial Reviews


"Matysik tells it as honestly and true as any reader could want."  —Nick Bockwinkel, former American Wrestling Association champion

"[Co-author] Matysik serves as a sympathetic biographer who worked professionally with Brody as a St. Louis wrestling promoter. Barbara Goodish tells a love story that began during Brody's Australian tours in the 1970s. Their chapters are interwoven throughout the book."  —

"A must read for any wrestling fan. . . . An inspiring story."  —

About the Author

Larry Matysik is a former protégé of the famous St. Louis wrestling promoter, Sam Muchnick, and was Brody's best friend. He is the author of Wrestling at the Chase. Barbara Goodish is Brody's widow.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9912 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (August 15, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038BZOUY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend of Bruiser Brody on paper October 5, 2007
The legend of Bruiser Brody has finally been documented on paper by the people who knew him by both his personas; First there was Frank Goodish - the gentle giant, caring human being, loyal friend, loving husband, and proud father; And then there was Bruiser Brody - the wild and often controversial wrestler that most of us are familiar with. This combination of distinct characteristics bundled together to create complex and entertaining MAN who was loved by those who knew him personally and admired by fans who knew him professionally - although many greedy promoters knew him as a seven foot tall walking talking headache. Larry Matysik (the voice of St. Louis wrestling, announcer for the famed "Wrestling at the Chase," and author of a wonderful book by the same name) joined forces with Barbara Goodish, the widow of Frank and mother of his only child, Geoff, to boldly present the life and times of Frank "Bruiser" Brody.

With the exception of the big two, WWF and WCW, Bruiser Brody literally worked everywhere on the wrestling planet. He developed one of the most unbalanced reputations in the history of the wrestling industry. Starting out in Texas, then making a name for himself in St. Louis under the guidance of promoter Sam Muchnick, hitting virtually every territory in the country, dominating the wrestling circuit in Japan, and taking advantage of the national exposure by appearing in Verne Gagne's AWA. The road-map of Brody's career literally circled the globe and he did it all with an iron fist and a steadfast commitment to preserving his own character as well as the integrity of the sport.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What could have been September 11, 2007
While growing up Bruiser Brody was my favorite brawler. I had tapes from every place he wrestled. That said this book has all the facts to answer any "Brody" questions and the heart of his families love to choke you up. I laughed, cried and yes even got mad once again at the travesty of justice that took an icons life. I read it in one sitting and the credit goes to the co-writers Barbara Goodish and Larry Matysik. Their obvious affection and respect for the man exudes from each page. A must read for Brody aficionados and those not lucky enough to have experienced his unique persona!! Later.Mike
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrestling Legend February 22, 2009
In Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel authors Larry Matysik and Barbara Goodish give an insightful first hand account of the man behind the legend. I myself have enjoyed hours of watching King Kong Bruiser Brody perform in the squared circle and was in shock and dismay at his untimely/unnecessary/unavenged death back in 1988. For years I had wanted to learn more about the person Frank Goodish behind the skilled wrestler. This book brought that opportunity to me. It had numerous first hand accounts by his friends and colleagues, such as Terry Funk. They didn't try to tell stories to make him look good, and they certainly didn't worry about kayfabe. You come away with an honest picture of the big man. The chapters that Barbara (his wife) authored are real page turners. You can feel the emotion and love she had for him and this project with every word. There is still so much material left undiscussed, she could write a second book about him telling more about their romance and Frank personal life from her and their son Geoff's point of view. This book is also full of never before seen pictures of Frank. The only critical thing I can think to say about this book is that most biographies and autobiographies take the format of a timeline. The story proceeds in chronological order. In this book, the chapters are divided up by topic. All the way to the end of the book, you are exposed to events that happened before the first chapters. I'm sure this book was a difficult one to write. I've read many a book where the ending is already known, and it isn't a happy one. The entire time you are reading it you are dreading the last chapter where the main character meets his unfortunate end. The authors handled this by getting the worst aspect of his life out of the way first. Read more ›
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Living in Pennsylvania, I grew up on the WWW(W)F of the late 1970s and 1980s. Of course, I knew who Bruiser Brody was through the various wrestling magazines, even though I was too young to recall his mid-1970s WWWF run. I thought I knew a lot about Brody prior to reading this book just by reading various Internet message boards over the years.

But this book really opened my eyes up to what a multi-layered personality Goodish was outside the ring. I never would have guessed that he was into investing and read the Wall Street Journal. I was also struck by the numerous stories of how kind Goodish was outside the ring and how different he was from his Bruiser Brody character.

Some of the earlier reviews are correct in that the book does stray toward hero worship at times. But author Matysik has definitely put in the work by quoting so many different people who knew the real Goodish/Brody. Matysik does not ignore Brody's notorious reputation for refusing to job or being unreliable or holding up promoters, but the book is very sympathetic to its subject.

The book alternates from chapters written by Matysik to chapters written by Barbara Goodish (Brody's widow) and back again. Truthfully, this format is kind of awkward between the Matysik chapters and the Goodish chapters because the chapters often don't flow smoothly or are not connected with the topics being previously discussed. But the book is still an outstanding read.

The book starts off detailing the murder of Brody by Jose Gonzalez in Puerto Rico. Again, I thought I knew a lot about the murder, but it is fascinating to read the account of wrestlers like Bobby Jaggers who were actually there the night of the murder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised...
For those of us "marks" who have followed the business for years and knew of Brody, this is an exceptional read. If only he had that one run in WWF, who knows what may have become. Read more
Published 2 months ago by michael c martinez
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, gets a bit sidetracked
Bruiser Brody was a huge star across US and Japan pro wrestling in the 1970s and 1980s who passed away young under tragic circumstances. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story of an amazing grappler
Whether you were a Brody fan back in the day or you're a younger wrestling fan who has only heard about him, I highly recommend BRODY. Read more
Published 11 months ago by mfrissore
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I liked is style, good inside secrets unrevail.the second chapter is important to know the trut . Don't miss this book
Published 11 months ago by clasiccfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I feared Bruiser Brody when I was a kid watching him on TV. The book had some great insights into the inner workings of independent wrestling back in the day. RIP Bruiser.
Published 11 months ago by Daniel R. Lucker
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MERCENARY OF MAYHEM LIVES ON!!!!
Published 15 months ago by FREDERIC JILES
4.0 out of 5 stars Non Linear
This was a well written book. It is not a linear, it drove me crazy. When it comes to non-fiction especially biographies I want linear. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rebecca Nivens
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ!!
I loved this guy, and though there are debates on the accuracy of Brody's character out there- this was a great read. He is a guy that was taken before his time. Read more
Published 20 months ago by donald simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the duality
The fact that this was written by both Barbara Goodish and Larry Matysik gave fabulous insight to both the Bruiser Brody character and Frank Goodish the person respectively. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
As an old school pro wrestling fan who only vaguely remembers the great Bruiser Brody this book was just awesome. It goes right into his murder so that's out of the way. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Anthony J Sullivan
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