Bobby Heenan passed away today surrounded by his family. My guess is even if you’re not a fan of professional wrestling, you know of Bobby Heenan.
Bobby Heenan was a WWE Hall of Famer, but he transcended the sport. Of course when you’re considered to be the greatest manager of all time as well as the best color commentator to ever call a match your popularity shouldn’t be surprising.
Heenan spent over 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 Dick the Bruiser or some other good guy]. Bobby Heenan started out as manager “Pretty Boy” Bobby Heenan. He was a heel. As a little kid, Heenan was the first person to make me root for the “bad” guy.
Fans loved or hated him, but no one was neutral about Bobby Heenan. Sometimes Heenan would even get involved in matches [usually against his will]. 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.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bobby Heenan’s family, friends and fans.