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"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."  —ScrippsNews.com


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

About the Author

Larry Matysik is a former protege 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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550227602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550227604
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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