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Behind The Titantron | The Murder of Bruiser Brody | Episode 6
Behind The Titantron | The Murder of Bruiser Brody | Episode 6
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: Wrestlelamia
Bruiser Brody really is a Bad Ass! A truthful interview to say the least!
Bruiser Brody really is a Bad Ass! A truthful interview to say the least!
Published: 2009/03/24
Channel: erickrassle
Getting Away with Murder: The Death of Bruiser Brody
Getting Away with Murder: The Death of Bruiser Brody
Published: 2016/11/21
Channel: GrappleVision
Ric Flair shoots on the murder of Bruiser Brody
Ric Flair shoots on the murder of Bruiser Brody
Published: 2016/11/05
Channel: Wrestling Shoots
「IQHL」Bruiser Brody Tribute - Legacy Of Brutality
「IQHL」Bruiser Brody Tribute - Legacy Of Brutality
Published: 2015/02/17
Channel: IQWrestler
1979 Andre the Giant Bruiser Brody St. Louis Wrestling Promo
1979 Andre the Giant Bruiser Brody St. Louis Wrestling Promo
Published: 2016/08/13
Channel: Andre The Giant
Jim Cornette Reveals New Details on Bruiser Brody
Jim Cornette Reveals New Details on Bruiser Brody's Murder in Puerto Rico
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: Jim Cornette's Talking Sense
Wrestling
Wrestling's Most Despised - #5 Jose Gonzalez ( Bruiser Brody Incident )
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: Controversial Wrestling Shoots
Road Warrior Animal on Bruiser Brody
Road Warrior Animal on Bruiser Brody
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
Lex Luger Shoots on his Infamous 1986 Match with Bruiser Brody
Lex Luger Shoots on his Infamous 1986 Match with Bruiser Brody
Published: 2016/09/08
Channel: prowrestlingclips3
Dutch Mantell on the Murder of Bruiser Brody
Dutch Mantell on the Murder of Bruiser Brody
Published: 2016/05/17
Channel: Wrestlers Talking Sense
Al Snow on Wrestling Bruiser Brody!
Al Snow on Wrestling Bruiser Brody!
Published: 2016/06/10
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
Carlito on Bruiser Brody Murder!
Carlito on Bruiser Brody Murder!
Published: 2016/03/06
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
HONKY TONK MAN ON BRUISER BRODY
HONKY TONK MAN ON BRUISER BRODY
Published: 2015/02/04
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
Bruiser Brody Coming Soon to Highspots
Bruiser Brody Coming Soon to Highspots
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: Highspots
Stan Hansen on Bruiser Brody
Stan Hansen on Bruiser Brody
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
Genichiro Tenryu vs. Bruiser Brody (April 15, 1988)
Genichiro Tenryu vs. Bruiser Brody (April 15, 1988)
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: ClassicsPuro83
Ric Flair shoots on Bruiser Brody
Ric Flair shoots on Bruiser Brody
Published: 2016/01/31
Channel: Wrestling Shoots
Texas Red (The Undertaker) vs. Bruiser Brody
Texas Red (The Undertaker) vs. Bruiser Brody
Published: 2010/07/13
Channel: SwitchbladeWrestling
Bruiser Brody shoot interview
Bruiser Brody shoot interview
Published: 2015/03/11
Channel: MundaneMane
WWC: Bruiser Brody vs. Invader #1 (in Trinidad)
WWC: Bruiser Brody vs. Invader #1 (in Trinidad)
Published: 2010/12/27
Channel: ClassicsWWC
GCW May 9, 1981 (THE DEBUT OF BRUISER BRODY)
GCW May 9, 1981 (THE DEBUT OF BRUISER BRODY)
Published: 2016/09/23
Channel: KrisZ891979
Wrestling
Wrestling's Last Rebel Bruiser Brody COMING SOON
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: Highspots
Luger vs Bruiser Brody Cage Match Shoot
Luger vs Bruiser Brody Cage Match Shoot
Published: 2014/12/16
Channel: AbsentArtsChannel
Jake Roberts on Bruiser Brody Murder!
Jake Roberts on Bruiser Brody Murder!
Published: 2016/02/29
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
Jim Duggan on Bruiser Brody Murder!
Jim Duggan on Bruiser Brody Murder!
Published: 2016/04/16
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
Bruiser Brody vs. Kevin Sullivan: Aug. 7, 1976
Bruiser Brody vs. Kevin Sullivan: Aug. 7, 1976
Published: 2013/01/31
Channel: WWE
Vader on Wrestling Bruiser Brody
Vader on Wrestling Bruiser Brody
Published: 2016/12/30
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
The Anniversary of The Bruiser Brody Murder
The Anniversary of The Bruiser Brody Murder
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: TVTraX
WAHOO MCDANIEL VS KING KONG BRUISER BRODY
WAHOO MCDANIEL VS KING KONG BRUISER BRODY
Published: 2016/02/11
Channel: chicagocubs71
¿ES UN MISTERIO LA MUERTE DE BRODY?
¿ES UN MISTERIO LA MUERTE DE BRODY?
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Mundo Luchas Oficial
NWF Main Event - Bruiser Brody vs Abdullah the Butcher
NWF Main Event - Bruiser Brody vs Abdullah the Butcher
Published: 2012/05/18
Channel: Rob Russen
SAVIO VEGA ON BRUISER BRODY
SAVIO VEGA ON BRUISER BRODY'S DEATH
Published: 2014/01/10
Channel: Highspots
Jim Cornette on Bruiser Brody
Jim Cornette on Bruiser Brody
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: ArcadianVanguard
Ric Flair vs Bruiser Brody (St Louis January 4th, 1985)
Ric Flair vs Bruiser Brody (St Louis January 4th, 1985)
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: Roy Lucier
Dave Meltzer on Bruiser Brody Murder
Dave Meltzer on Bruiser Brody Murder
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
Bruiser Brody All Man
Bruiser Brody All Man
Published: 2009/10/09
Channel: KabookiX
Bruiser Brody vs. Buzz Sawyer: Sept. 11, 1986
Bruiser Brody vs. Buzz Sawyer: Sept. 11, 1986
Published: 2013/01/31
Channel: WWE
Terry Funk vs  Bruiser Brody
Terry Funk vs Bruiser Brody
Published: 2013/09/13
Channel: incrediblespank
Stan Hansen shoots on Bruiser Brody and his murder
Stan Hansen shoots on Bruiser Brody and his murder
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Wrestling Shoots
Savio Vega shoots on the Murder of Bruiser Brody
Savio Vega shoots on the Murder of Bruiser Brody
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: Wrestling Shoots
HANNIBAL on Bruiser Brody
HANNIBAL on Bruiser Brody's Murder
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
Interview with Barbara Goodish (Bruiser Brody
Interview with Barbara Goodish (Bruiser Brody's Widow)
Published: 2016/08/15
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
Harley Race on Bruiser Brody getting himself murdered
Harley Race on Bruiser Brody getting himself murdered
Published: 2015/12/21
Channel: Wrestling Shoots
Bobby Heenan bashes Bruiser Brody and Bruno Sammartino
Bobby Heenan bashes Bruiser Brody and Bruno Sammartino
Published: 2016/05/05
Channel: Wrestling Shoots
CLÁSICOS DE KENJI || EL CASO BRUISER BRODY (Frank Goodish) [Loquendo]
CLÁSICOS DE KENJI || EL CASO BRUISER BRODY (Frank Goodish) [Loquendo]
Published: 2016/05/12
Channel: Kyuketsuki Kenji G
Ronnie Garvin on Puerto Rico/Bruiser Brody
Ronnie Garvin on Puerto Rico/Bruiser Brody
Published: 2016/07/08
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
The Tragic Death of Bruiser Brody
The Tragic Death of Bruiser Brody
Published: 2013/08/14
Channel: TVTraX
Bruiser Brody vs. Terry Gordy: Sept. 9, 1983
Bruiser Brody vs. Terry Gordy: Sept. 9, 1983
Published: 2013/01/31
Channel: WWE
Manny Fernandez - Bruiser Brody Death Exclusive
Manny Fernandez - Bruiser Brody Death Exclusive
Published: 2014/02/15
Channel: Title Match Wrestling
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Bruiser Brody
Bruiser Brody.jpg
Birth name Frank Donald Goodish
Born (1946-06-18)June 18, 1946
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died July 17, 1988(1988-07-17) (aged 42)
Bayamón, Puerto Rico, United States
Cause of death Stabbing
Spouse(s) Nola Neece (m. 1968; div. 1970)
Barbara Smith (m. 1972; his death 1988)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bruiser Brody
Frank Goodish
King Kong Brody
The Masked Marauder
Red River Jack
Billed height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)[1]
Billed weight 283 lb (128 kg)[1]
Billed from Santa Fe, New Mexico[1]
Trained by Fritz Von Erich
Debut 1973[1]

Frank Donald Goodish (June 18, 1946 – July 17, 1988) was an American professional wrestler who earned his greatest fame under the ring name Bruiser Brody. As a wrestler, he helped innovate the "brawling" style and was infamous for his wild and legit uncooperative demeanor.

Early life[edit]

Goodish was an All-State football and basketball player at Warren High School, Michigan, and played football at West Texas A&M University (then known as West Texas State) and with the Washington Redskins in the NFL.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

After attending West Texas A&M and working as a sportswriter Goodish was trained to wrestle by Fritz Von Erich ( Jack Adkisson ). He first wrestled in Dallas - Fort Worth and later Louisiana. As Bruiser Brody and King Kong Brody, Goodish competed as a freelancer in several companies including the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), Central States Wrestling (CSW), World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), Southwest Championship Wrestling (SCW), Windy City Wrestling, Texas All-Star Wrestling (TASW), World Wrestling Council (WWC), Deep South Wrestling (DSW), Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF), American Wrestling Association (AWA), and World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). In the States, he had numerous feuds with the likes of Kamala the Ugandan Giant, Abdullah the Butcher, and "Crusher" Jerry Blackwell. In Japan, he was in a tag team with Stan Hansen. Brody had a reputation for refusing to job to other wrestlers. He also competed under the moniker of Red River Jack in Texas, during an angle against Gary Hart's men and Skandor Akbar's Army in World Class Championship Wrestling. Brody also competed as the Masked Marauder at one time in the AWA. Later on he went to Vince J. McMahon's WWWF in 1978 where he challenged WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino but was unsuccessful in winning the championship. He also teamed with Big John Studd. It was also in WWWF where he wrestled Invader 1 (Jose Gonzales), who he refused to sell for.

In 1985, he had a very short stint with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in a feud with Antonio Inoki and many of their matches ended in no contests or disqualifications. In 1987, Brody began working primarily for the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico after getting fired from New Japan. Brody continued his feud with Abdullah the Butcher, as well as engaging in a feud with Carlos Colon. He briefly returned to All Japan Pro Wrestling to win his last NWA International Heavyweight Championship. On April 15, 1988, the first attempt to form what became the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship was done when Brody faced off against NWA United National and PWF champion Genichiro Tenryu; the result was a double countout. Brody lost the title to Jumbo Tsuruta four days later. In WCCW in Texas he was actually a babyface, most often against Abdullah The Butcher. However against Abdullah in Montreal he was a heel managed by Floyd Creatchman. While there Tim "Killer" Brooks acted as his brother Buster Brody. In St. Louis for a short time he was popular in a NWA world title match against Ric Flair, which went to a one-hour draw. Brody was in an ongoing feud with The Russian Brute who later went on to AWA fame with Manager Ox Baker. Due to his huge reputation in Japan promoter Shoehi Baba had the match taped and later aired on Japanese TV.

In Florida he beat Brian Blair for the Florida State championship. Brody had an infamous cage match with Lex Luger in Florida at NWA Florida in January 1986. In the middle of the match, Brody stopped "working" and stood around. Luger and Bill Alfonso, the referee of the match, were puzzled and attempted to speak to Brody who did not respond. Luger and Alfonso decided to forgo the planned finish of the match and Alfonso disqualified Luger in a spot where Luger continually punched Brody in a corner and did not back off. After the match, Luger recalls asking Brody if he did anything wrong to upset him, to which Brody responded "no", and Brody's reasons for not working were not very clear, stating that "the match just wasn't working". In Larry Matysik's book, Wrestling at the Chase, Matysik states that before the match Brody told him "I'm not putting up with any of his bullshit" and that Brody was upset that Luger would not sell for him. However, when watching the match, it is clear that Luger did sell for Brody. In a later shoot interview, Bill Alfonso said that there was a miscommunication issue on who would lead the match and there was no ill will ever between the two. Another scenario was that Brody was upset with the promoters over his paychecks (Brody had a contentious history with wrestling promoters for much of his career) and decided to embarrass the promotion by being uncooperative in the match. In 1987 he returned to the AWA where he fought Greg Gagne and Jerry Blackwell. Despite his reputation as being disagreeable with promotors he would aid any who needed a boost in ticket sales as he was guaranteed to bring in crowds. While working for WCCW in Texas he was the booker and produced their TV program. Due to his education and love for the wrestling business he was nicknamed The Intelligent Monster.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Prior to his wrestling career, Goodish worked as a sportswriter in San Antonio, Texas. Goodish was married on June 4, 1968 to Nola Marie Neece;[2] the marriage ended in divorce on October 12, 1970.[3] Goodish's second wife, New Zealand born Barbara Smith remained with him until his death in 1988. They lived in Texas. Together they had a son named Geoffrey Dean, born November 7, 1980.[4]

Death[edit]

On July 16, 1988, Brody was in the locker room before his match with Dan Spivey in Bayamón (a city near San Juan, Puerto Rico), when José Huertas González, a fellow wrestler and booker,[5] asked him to go into the shower to discuss business. Brody entered the shower stall and a few minutes later a scuffle ensued, followed by two screams, loud enough for the entire locker room to hear. Tony Atlas ran to the shower and saw Brody bent over and holding his stomach. Atlas then looked up at González and saw him holding a knife.[6] Due to the heavy traffic outdoors and large crowd in the stadium it took paramedics close to an hour to reach Brody. When the paramedics arrived, Atlas helped carry Brody downstairs to the waiting ambulance as, due to Brody's enormous stature, paramedics were unable to lift him. He later died from his stab wounds.[6]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  2. ^ Texas Marriages
  3. ^ Texas Divorces
  4. ^ Texas Births
  5. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.115)
  6. ^ a b Atlas, Tony. ATLAS Too Much ... Too Soon. Crowbar Press. (p.197-205) ISBN 978-0-9844090-2-0
  7. ^ "Bruno Lauer's profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  8. ^ "House of Humperdink". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  9. ^ Matt Mackinder (January 17, 2008). "Sir Oliver Humperdink recalls career of yesteryear". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  10. ^ NWA International Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  11. ^ PWF World Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  12. ^ http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/japan/alljapan/miscaj.html#hvywt
  13. ^ NWA Central States Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  14. ^ NWA Central States Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  15. ^ NWA Florida Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  16. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  17. ^ NWA American Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  18. ^ NWA American Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  19. ^ NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  20. ^ NWA Texas Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  21. ^ NWA Texas Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  22. ^ World Class Television Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  23. ^ NWA United States Tag Team Title (Tri-State version) history At wrestling-titles.com
  24. ^ NWA Western States Heavyweight Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  25. ^ Caldwell, James (2013-11-26). "News: Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame announces 2014 HOF class". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  26. ^ "PWI Awards". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Kappa Publishing Group. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  27. ^ Pedicino, Joe; Solie, Gordon (hosts) (March 21, 1987). "Pro Wrestling This Week". Superstars of Wrestling. Atlanta, Georgia. Syndicated. WATL. 
  28. ^ Pedicino, Joe; Solie, Gordon (hosts) (May 16, 1987). "Pro Wrestling This Week". Superstars of Wrestling. Atlanta, Georgia. Syndicated. WATL. 
  29. ^ SCW Southwest Brass Knuckles Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  30. ^ SCW World Tag Team Title history At wrestling-titles.com
  31. ^ 東京スポーツ プロレス大賞. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  32. ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/australia/wcw/au-world-bk.html
  33. ^ WWA World Heavyweight Title (Indianapolis) history At wrestling-titles.com

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