Happy Monday wrestling fans, welcome back to Week two of our Bobby the Brain Heenan tribute. I hope you all had a great weekend, and if you are in the mid-west, enjoying this awesome weather after a treacherous heat wave. In case you missed it, last week we counted down the top seven Bobby Heenan guys in the WWE. This week we will go back in time and countdown the top seven Bobby Heenan guys…POST WWE. Our fearless Leader David Snipes assisted me this week with some of the names. Honestly some of them I have not heard of, but for the most part, this list is full of some great professional wrestlers. So here we go with the top seven.
Professor Toru Tanaka
Professor Toru Tanaka, was a ruthless wrestler, and a huge success coming out of Japan. He, along side Mr Fuji, won the Georgia Tag Team Championship on three occasion.
7. Killer Karl Knox
Karl Knox not only looked like a killer, but he wrestled like one. He was one of the meanest wrestlers to ever step foot in the ring. Heenan found himself a mercenary of sorts when he locked in Karl Knox. Knox had success in the ring, winning the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship.
6. The Masked Superstar
A very successful masked wrestler, the Masked Superstar is a legend to many. He won the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship on four occasions. Making him one of the most accomplished wrestlers to come out of GCW.
5. Ken Patera
Former Olympian, Ken Patera was the second ever Intercontinental Champion in the WWE. Before that, he held the AWA International Heavyweight Championship under the guidance of Bobby Heenan. Patera was one of the greats, until the end of his career where he was regulated to the low mid card ranks.
4. Blackjack Mulligan
Along side Blackjack Lanza, Mulligan won the AWA World Tag Team Championships, and the two Blackjacks were two of the roughest in ring competitors to ever step inside the squared circle. Their accomplishments got them recognized into the WWE Hall of Fame. Mulligan also produced a WWE Hall of Famer in Barry Windham.
3. Blackjack Lanza
Blackjack Lanza, who I just mentioned above, was also a member of the feared Blackjacks. With Mulligan, he won the AWA World Tag Team Championships on two occasions. Managed by Bobby Heenan, this team could be considered to be his most famous tag team. He was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame with his tag team partner, Blackjack Mulligan.
2. Ray the Crippler Stevens
Ray Stevens was a brutal individual, he was one of the most recognized tag team competitors in the AWA. He won the AWA Tag Team titles with the likes of Nick Bockwinkle, and Dick Murdoch. Stevens, had a nice singles career as well, wrestling for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship on numerous occasions, and even feuding with the Road Warriors in the AWA.
1. Nick Bockwinkle
A former AWA World Heavyweight Champion, some call Bockwinkle the greatest wrestler that the AWA has ever produced. Bockwinkle had many matches against the likes of Verne Gagne, Rick Martel, Curt Hennig, and even Hulk Hogan. Bobby Heenan managed Bockwinkle in the AWA, and is considered to be Heenan’s first success. Looking at the resume of Nick Bockwinkle, he could very well be his most successful wrestler he managed, maybe outside of Ric Flair or Andre.
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