Bruiser Brody

Bruiser Brody may not be known by a lot of wrestling fans today; but he should be. Much of the Hardcore style that is popular today was originated by the man born as Frank Goodish.

Standing at 6 ft 8 with a crazy mane of hair and a full beard, Brody looked crazy and to many he was. He was a true maverick of the ring, both in the ring and out. His erratic style baffled and intrigued fans and opponents alike. Outside of the ring, he could be a promoter’s nightmare, often refusing to do jobs or changing plans on the fly. Even with the bridges he burned, Bruiser Brody never seemed to have trouble finding work as he was always a huge draw and a fan favorite. Brody was actually a very accomplished wrestler and though he primarily brawled, he was capable of performing in any style of match and his ring psychology was very good.

Sadly, Brody may be best known for his tragic ending where he was stabbed to death by the hands of a fellow wrestler, Jose Gonzales. Bruiser Brody left behind a handful of imitators and a style that forever changed the business. As the bridge he may have burned with the WWE may be forgotten, it is not impossible for Brody to receive a posthumous induction.


Should Bruiser Brody be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.2%
No opinion. - 1.1%
No way! - 1.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Frank Goodish (Real Name)
    Frank Brody
    Red River Jack
    King Kong Brody

  • Billed From: U.S.A. (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Key Championships Held: NWA All Japan International Heavyweight (3)
    NWA Central States Heavyweight
    NWA Central States Tag Team w/Ernie Ladd
    NWA Florida Heavyweight
    NWA Texas Heavyweight
    NWA Tri State Tag Team w/Stan Hansen
    NWA Western States Heavyweight
    NWA World Class American (4)
    NWA World Class Tag Team (3) w/Kerry Von Erich
    PWF Japan Tag Team w/Stan Hansen
    WWA World Heavyweight
    World’s Strongest Tag Team League winner (2) (1w/Jimmy Snuka, 1w/Stan Hansen)

  • Why they will get in: With the legends contract signed by his widow, this could open the door.
  • Why they won't get in: The bulk of his work took place outside of the WWE.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1. Won the All Japan Real World Tag League w/Jimmy Snuka (1981)
    2. With Kerry Von Erich beat the Freebirds at World Class Star Wars (6/17/83)
    3. Won the All Japan Real World Tag League w/Stan Hansen (1983)
    4. Five star Tag Team Match with Stan Hansen against the Funk Brothers (12/8/84)
    5. Beat Abdullah the Butcher in a Cage Match at the Cotton Bowl (10/12/87)

Should Bruiser Brody be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.2%
No opinion. - 1.1%
No way! - 1.1%


0 #12 RichardB 2019-04-12 20:30
Quoting rico dakid:
time too update guys he is in


Time to update several of these.All are now inducted.

7. Bruiser Brody
22. Honky Tonk Man
44. Wahoo McDaniel
47. New Age OUtlaws
53. Karl GHotch
56. Jim Neidhart
63. Chyna
71. Brutus Beefcake
75. X Pac
82. Prof Toru Tanaka
126. Luna Vachon
137. Jim Barnett
153. Buddy Rose
169. Torrie Wilson
185. SD Jones
195. Stevie Ray
0 #11 rico dakid 2019-04-12 18:54
time too update guys he is in
-1 #10 John D Williams 2017-11-26 21:21
The funny thing about this is that a lot of us watching Brody today look at him like 1991-96 Undertaker: a faker than fake gimmick goofball. A stiff kick doesn't cover up the rest of the silly gimmick.

I'd also love for people reading the Wrestling Obervers that were written while Brody was alive to find Dave expressing that regularly about Brody. The "real" stuff wasn't all that important to Dave in the 80s.

Instead, what Dave liked to say made Brody was great was that Frank could go into any area in any setting and get *himself* over.

In hindsight, the problem with that old positive about Brody was that it could be applied even more so to...

Hulk Hogan
+2 #9 beth 2017-03-23 22:06
Bruiser brody was ways true to life
He should be inducted into the WWE HALL OF FAME.With STAN
+3 #8 Tomk 2015-10-26 20:34
One of the best friends as a kid from the old neighborhood ! You are missed !
+3 #7 gabriel 2015-06-25 18:14
bruiser brody belongs in the hall of fame next year or 2017 or 2018 or 2019 or 2020
+1 #6 Dale 2014-01-19 21:45
Bruiser Brody should go in because of being hardcore before it was even hardcore. Bruiser Brody should go in because of what happened to him and mostly because of all his titles. Bruiser Brody deserves the WWE Hall of Fame opportunitie for Wrestlemania 30 with the Ultimate Warrior.
+1 #5 Richard 2014-01-19 02:05
Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas. Book it!

The Undertaker
Bruiser Brody
The Fabulous Freebirds
+1 #4 Richard 2013-02-05 05:34
My guess is that bruiser Brody will be inducted when Wrestlemania is at Dallas Cowboys Stadium or Edward Jones Dome in St Louis. Both cities have been rumored to host WM in recent years. These are the areas where the Brody legend resonates most.
+3 #3 Mike 2012-05-29 03:33
Brody is definitely a legend and deserves a spot in the HOF. Obviously he would be on the "undercard" going in but he deserves it none the less. Him and Abdulah the Butcher were hardcore before hardcore was considered cool.

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