From Humanoids To Ham-And-Eggers: Why Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan Is An American Icon

05.22.15 2 years ago 27 Comments
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Bobby “The Brain” Heenan was one of the biggest wrestling villains of the ’80s and the greatest color commentator of all-time. He’s Paul Heyman and Johnny Carson all rolled into one incredible entertainer. If you aren’t familiar, here are nine reasons why he’s one of the greats.

It’s always good to get roses when you can still smell them…

1. He was the driving force behind the biggest match in wrestling history: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant was obviously a huge dream match. However, Andre wasn’t the villain selling the match. That job went to Heenan. He really made Andre a villain when so many people spent so many years loving him. You could even argue that fans wanted Heenan to get embarrassed as much as they wanted to see Andre lose. He was basically Paul Heyman 1.0 in the ’80s.

2. He was one half of possibly the best announce team of all-time: The best Royal Rumble ever was in 1992. The roster was amazing, and Ric Flair performed for more than 60 minutes before winning. But what really took the match to the next level was Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon. They traded barbs for more than an hour and made sure there wasn’t a dull moment in the match. They even had an in-studio show that’s one of the best things on the Network. Heenan coined “humanoid” and had classic calls that are still hilarious. My favorite was when someone would grab IRS’ tie, and he’d scream “HE HAS HIM BY THE TONGUE!”

3. He had his own late night show: Bobby Heenan could have been Johnny Carson… he was just that entertaining. If The Brain hadn’t been a wrestling personality, he’d have been one of entertainment’s biggest stars. He was just that great. I don’t even know what’s going on in this clip, but I’m watching it all the way through. WWE Network needs this whole show right now.

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