Bruiser Brody

Name: Bruiser Brody
Year Inducted: 2014

Brusier Brody

He marched to his own drum. He was feared by fans and wrestlers alike. He ripped off and beat up promoters around the world. He was one of the last great outlaws in professional wrestling and whether you knew him as Frank Goodish, King Kong Brody, or Bruiser Brody, you have heard the tall tales.

Bruiser Brody didnít want to wrestle. Football was his passion. He played at the famed West Texas State University. He was a sports journalist for a short time. He played football for the Continental League in Texas and Mexico. Brody even had a short preseason stint with the Washington Redskins in 1970. After years of prodding, Bruiser Brody stepped into the wrestling ring and had his first match in 1974 for Fritz Von Erich in Dallas. He wrestled Bob Roop in a Lights Out Match.

Brody took his bookings out of Von Erichís office. He quickly found work in the Florida and Louisiana territories. In Louisiana, Brody and West Texas alumnus Stan Hansen began working together as a tag-team.

In 1976, Brody went to work for the WWWF. He laid waste to the roster and was put into a series of matches with world champion, Bruno Sammartino. The two had several matches up and down the East Coast.

In 1979, Bruiser Brody began taking tour dates in Japan, where he became wildly popular. He was immediately put into main event matches against Japanís top talent. The pay was good and the tours only lasted a few weeks. Brody would return to Japan frequently for the rest of his life. The money he made in Japan provided for his family; Brodyís work in the U.S and later Puerto Rico was icing on the cake. Brodyís matches with the Funks, Abdullah the Butcher, and Antonio Inoki stand out as classics from his work in Japan.

While the industry polarized in the early 1980s, Brody remained fiercely independent. He worked all across the country and had memorable matches in the AWA, Indianapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Florida promotions. Brody even began taking short jobs working in Puerto Rico. But Texas was Brodyís home and he always returned to work in Fritz Von Erichís World Class promotion.

Brody was a catalyst for change. His matches stretched and altered the limits of what a great wrestling match could be. Brutality, bloodshed, and nonstop action became legitimate criteria, as important as the execution of a suplex. A steady workrate and in-ring storytelling could be trumped by spectacular moments told on the concrete floor. Brody could spill blood with his hated rival Abdullah the Butcher as well as go sixty minutes with Ric Flair or lock holds with Nick Bockwinkel.

Although Bruiser Brody died in 1988 at the age of forty-two, he remains one of the most polarizing figures in professional wrestling. He was strikingly loyal to his friends and merciless to those who crossed him. His motivation was always to provide for his family and all other considerations took a back seat. He was a legend who did it his way.

 

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- Emerson Murray, 

bruiserbrody.com

 



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