It is with great sadness that I write that wrestling’s greatest manager, Bobby “the brain” Heenan has passed away at 73 (or 72 technically)
For any fans of the Golden Era of WWF in the mid and late 1980s, Bobby Heenan is one of the most important and well known elements of that group. He’d be put on the same level of importance as Roddy Piper, & Ted Dibiase as one of the biggest heel acts in the company.
Heenan had the gift of gab, and used it both in his managing as well as during his lengthy term as a color commentator in WWF (with Gorilla Monsoon) and in WCW. I will always remember how Bobby Heenan spoiled Hulk Hogan’s heel turn. “Who’s side is he on:?!” Classic.
Its a sad day in wrestling, however i am happy that Bobby Heenan is no longer suffering. Heenan has had a series of surgeries after his throat cancer and jaw replacement. In recent years, Bobby lost his ability to speak, a great tragedy on top of the many this man suffered. RIP Bobby.
In more sad wrestling news, one of WWF’s famous “cartoon character” wrestlers of the Rock N Wrestling Era has passed away. Today, George “the Animal” Steele died at the age of 79.
I know…its sad Batman
Although Steele had a long career beginning in the late 60s, he didn’t reach the height of his popularity until Vince JR took over and turned him into a literal animal…a cartoon animal.
Steele’s most famous elements were his green tongue, his ME doll and his biting of turnbuckles. None of these said anything about his wrestling ability.
George Steele’s signature move
I did a full breakdown of George Steele two years ago, which you can see here. Although it was a fairly blah review of a fairly strange and blah character, I will leave us today with a few of George Steele’s memorable moments. RIP Animal.
Multiple sources are confirming that Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka has died of stomach cancer at the age of 73.
Snuka was best known for his time with the WWF in the early 80s, and early 90s, as well as his recent trail for the 1983 murder of his mistress.
Some of his biggest wrestling moments include jumping off the cage on Don Muraco (with Mick Foley in the audience) and be the first victim of the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
Despite some big moments, Snuka’s career will always be tarnished by his likely 1983 murder of his mistress, Nancy Argentina. Snuka wasn’t charged until two years ago, but the accusation and belief within the wrestling world of Snuka’s guilt limited his career and kept him from alot of major success. I go into it further in my full article on Snuka.
Snuka was deemed unfit for trail only weeks ago, granting Snuka theoretical peace in the last weeks of his. No peace will ever be given to the Argentino family. Thus is the greatest contradiction of Snuka’s life and career.