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Bulldog Bob Brown (1938-1997)

  

Real NameRobert Harold Brown

Lifespan – 10/16/38-2/5/97

6'1” 242 lbs. - Winnipeg, Manitoba


Athletic BackgroundHockey

Teacher(s)Verne Gagne

Aliases - none

Peak Years - `65-`68


Place in HistoryMany pro-wrestlers with great careers have had their legacies irreparably damaged by final years that are pathetic and uninspired.  While men like Ken Patera, Greg Valentine and Don Muraco are great examples of men with who had incredible careers, but their late work was unimpressive and overshadowed their years of success at a high level.  Bulldog Bob Brown has long been dismissed as a potbellied grumpy old villain who only succeeded in small territories with “old boys network” mentalities where he often had the pencil.  While there is truth that he mainly worked for second tier offices like Calgary, Vancouver, the Maritimes and most notably Kansas City, Bob Brown was a well-rounded performer who was indeed successful.  A former policeman in Winnipeg, Bob Brown broke in when the city was ripe with pro-wrestling in the late 1950s.  Within a few years, Bulldog Bob Brown was a strong heel whose viciousness, great bumps and arrogant promos helped him draw heat in the aforementioned promotions.  While he did have some singles success, Bob Brown shined in teams with the likes of Gene Kiniski, Dutch Savage and Mighty John Quinn.  His most successful team however was with Bob Geigel, who had bought into the Kansas City office.  Brown and Geigel feuded with Sonny Myers & Ronnie Ethinson for years over the North American Tag title.  In the 1970s, Bob Brown rotated around promotions and worked up and down the cards.  Although he returned to Canada for tours, Bulldog Brown was a constant in Kansas City and even St. Louis.  While he had his share of main event programs with Harley Race in Kansas City, the Beast in the Maritimes and Wild Angus in Calgary, Bob Brown was typically in a supporting heel role.  It was during this time frame that he helped start his nephew Kerry who developed into an underrated talent himself.  By the 1980s, Brown was well past his prime, but still working.  Young talent like the Midnight Rockers, Scott Hall and others have dismissed him as an office stooge and his uninspiring performances in his forties did him no favors as pro-wrestling enjoyed a popularity resurgence.  After Central States closed up, Brown continued to work in Canada, where he was one of many veterans working with fresh-faced talent like Chris Jericho, Lance Storm and Don Callis on small shows.  A heart attack effectively ended Bob Brown’s career and he spent his final years working as a security guard at a Kansas City racetrack alongside Geigel, Rufus R. Jones and Mike George.  From most accounts, Bulldog Bob Brown was a highly effective heel in his day, unfortunately most people saw him when he was ten or more years past his prime.


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