Hello there wrestling fans, and welcome to another countdown. This is Pounding 7’s. A little more than a week ago, one of the most legendary managers and commentators, Bobby ‘The Brain” Heenan passed away at the age of 72. Heenan will always be remembered as one of the greats, with his Heenan Family, his feuds, his off the wall remarks, and his overall ability to work a microphone. Over the course of the next month, we are going to celebrate the life of Bobby Heenan, and for the next several weeks, the countdowns are dedicated solely to Bobby Heenan. This week we are going to countdown the Top 7 “Bobby Heenan WWF Guys.” Which wrestlers will make the cut of the best of Bobby Heenan? Feel free to chime in with any memory you may have of the late Brain.
Here is the countdown.
I could have gone a few different routes with Haku, but I chose to keep him separate because he had the most success as the King of Wrestling. Haku came in the Heenan family along side Tama to form the Islanders. The tag team had a little success, even a victory over the British Bulldogs and Koko B Ware, with Heenan himself as their tag team partner at Wrestlemania IV. Haku would take the crown from an injured Harley Race, another wrestler who I omitted from this countdown for my reasons. He would hold on to that crown for almost a year. He would then form a tag team with Andre the Giant and they together defeated Demolition to win the WWF Tag Team Championship in December of 1989. Haku, while never holding a singles championship was one of the most feared wrestlers in the Heenan Family.
6. Jesse The Body Ventura
Many do not realize this, and neither did I before I was doing my homework on this countdown. However, Jesse the Body Ventura was the first man that Heenan managed when he came into the WWF. Pretty cool huh. Well I would love to elaborate on this more, but I can tell you that Ventura retired from in ring competition shortly after, but he will make the list because he is the one who got Bobby started in managing in the WWE. I guess you can say he was the pioneer of the Heenan family.
5. The Brain Busters
Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard were members of the Four Horsemen while in the NWA. When they jumped ship to the WWF in 1989, they made an immediate impact, signing with Bobby the Brain Heenan, and would quickly win the WWF Tag Team Championship away from Demolition in the summer of 1989. They would go on to defeat teams such as the Rockers, The Hart Foundation, Demoltion of course, and Strike Force. All former World Wrestling Federation tag team champions. If you ask me, these guys could be another duo that could be a multiple time Hall of Famer like Flair is.
4. Ravishing Rick Rude
Ravishing Rick Rude came into the World Wrestling Federation in 1987, after a nice career in the NWA. He would be an upper mid-carder for the majority of his WWF career, feuding with Jake the Snake Roberts, Tito Santana, and of course the Ultimate Warrior. Rude was the first member of the Heenan Family to win singles gold after he defeated the Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania V. It was Heenan’s first championship that he managed, and it would not be the last. After Rude lost the championship back to the Warrior, he would take part in many main even matches against Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Championship, but he would come up short each time.
3. Mr Perfect
When Bobby Heenan signed Mr Perfect to the Heenan Family, this may have been when the Family was at its peak. Perfect was probably the best technical wrestler that Bobby Heenan managed as far as singles wrestlers go. You could make an argument for either Arn or Tully. Perfect came to the WWF in 1988, and would be undefeated (unpinned anyway) all the way up to Wrestlemania VI in 199o when he was defeated by Brutus the Barber Beefcake. Perfect would join the Heenan Family after this and would win the Intercontinental Tournament to become the new Intercontinental Champion, defeating Tito Santana. He would be one of the greatest IC Champions of all time.
2. Ric Flair
Whooooo! May I present the REAL Worlds Champion. At Summerslam 1991, Bobby Heenan unveild the big gold belt, formerly the WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt. He had signed Ric Flair away from WCW. He immediately started a feud with Hulk Hogan and they would have a few matches. Heenan enlisted Mr Perfect as Flair’s executive consultant to help Flair in his matches. Flair would become the World Heavyweight Champion at the Royal Rumble 1992, when he won the Rumble, entering in at #3 and lasting over an hour to win the vacated championship belt. Flair would go on to win the WWF title one more time before retreating back to WCW. Heenan would soon follow Flair to WCW as a commentator, but you could tell that he still was pro Ric Flair.
1.Andre the Giant
Finally we are at the top Bobby Heenan guy. Andre the Giant, who was a face of the WWF for many years before turning on his fans, and turning on Hulk Hogan in early 1987, joining the Heenan Family and Bobby the Brain Heenan. Andre would challenge Hogan at Wrestlemania III for the WWF Championship, along side Bobby Heenan. Many thought that this would be Heenan’s first championship wrestler, but after some controversy, Andre was defeated for the first time in 15 years. Even bodyslammed. Still, Andre would go on to big things, and after Heenan sold the contract to Ted Dibiase to have Andre deliver the championship to him. Andre did in fact (after controversy) win the WWF Championship in February of 1988 defeating Hulk Hogan. While Heenan was still technically his manager, you can make the argument that Andre was Bobby’s first World Champion. He would also manage Andre to a tag team championship in 1989, before Andre left the Heenan Family at Wrestlemania VI.
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