I’m at a loss for words right now. Which is something you could never say about Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Even when he lost the ability to speak, “The Brain” never lost the wit that earned him that nickname. I, on the other hand, get paid for my ability to speak and have been rendered speechless by the news I got just after BoredWrestlingFan Radio went off the air earlier this afternoon, when I learned that Bobby Heenan had passed away at the age of 72.
I never got to meet Bobby Heenan. I came close once, but it didn’t happen. Still, I feel like I’ve known him my entire life. My first memory of this wacky world of professional wrestling was Hulk Hogan talking about getting Heenan’s charge King Kong Bundy in a cage at WrestleMania 2. I watched him from the time I started watching wrestling until the time he retired. To this day, I find myself tweeting things Bobby said when I watch old episodes of Monday Nitro…
Tony Schiavone: "You are such a big chicken."
Bobby Heenan: "How many eggs you need?"
Man I miss The Brain.
— thinksojoe (@thinksojoe) September 1, 2017
I said in the previous paragraph that I came close to meeting Bobby Heenan once. For a brief period of time, there was a WWE retail shop in Niagara Falls, Ontario, called – appropriately – WWE Niagara Falls. Bobby Heenan, the late Roddy Piper, and “Mean Gene” Okerlund were there for a signing, and my friends and I went. Unfortunately, we’d gotten up there late and the security guard would not let us get in line. The trio proceeded to do an episode of “Piper’s Pit” right outside the store that my friends and I were able to witness, but we were not able to get in line and meet them. Sure, it would have been great to meet Roddy Piper and Gene Okerlund, but more than anything else, I wanted to get my Bobby Heenan action figure signed.
Needless to say, I’m devastated by The Brain’s passing. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go find out what my mom is getting me for Mother’s Day…
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