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Bobby "The Brain" Heenan


Real Name - Raymond Lewis Heenan
Birthdate - 11/1/44
Indianapolis, IN

Athletic Background - none

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional BackgroundIndianapolis(`65-`69), Pittsburgh, St. Louis, AWA(`69-`83), All Japan, Georgia, WWF(`83-`94), WCW(`94-`00)

Aliases"Pretty Boy" Heenan

Peak Years - `77-`87

GroupsHeenan Family

WrestlersArn Anderson, Andre The Giant, The Assassins, Austin Idol, Barbarian, Tully Blanchard, The Blackjacks (Lanza & Mulligan), Nick Bockwinkel, King Kong Bundy, Bobby Duncum, Ric Flair, Superstar Billy Graham, Haku, Lord Alfred Hayes, Curt Hennig, Hercules, Chris Markoff, Paul Orndorff, Ken Patera, Angelo Poffo, Harley Race, Rick Rude, Ray Stevens, John Studd, Tama, Terry Taylor, The Valient Brothers (Jimmy & Johnny), Dr. X

Place in HistoryProbably the greatest manager ever. While many could make cases for others, the fact is Bobby Heenan had a greater impact on more territories than anyone and was themanager in the WWF when they hit it big. While Heenan was able to play the old carny handler role well where he talked up a new wrestler who'd destroy everyone that was not his best role. Heenan played an arrogant rich kid with a big mouth, who surrounded himself with individuals such as himself. From Nick Bockwinkel to Curt Hennig to Ric Flair, Heenan was always standing next to those just like him...who were "more" successful. While he could and did overshadow his tight-lipped wrestlers, Heenan was more often than not the right man for the job. One could probably also make the case he was an excellent wrestler, since he played the cowardly heel role better than most: offering classic facial expressions in addition to taking the big bumps necessary to send the fans home happy. Quick wit was what turned "Pretty Boy" Heenan into Bobby "The Brain," one of the slickest people ever to grab a microphone. It was that skill that allowed Heenan to act as a color commentator for over a decade, most of those years were after his managerial ones as well. His autobiography - Bobby the Brain: Wrestling's Bad Boy Tells All is a hilarious recount of his illustrious career. One of the greatest talents the wrestling world has ever seen and the man who set the bar on what makes a great manager.