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5. Bruiser Brody

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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.









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 He Will Get In:

With the legends contract signed by his widow, this could open the door.



Why He Won’t Get In:

The bulk of his work took place outside of the WWE.



Five Greatest Matches/Moments: (In Chronological Order)

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


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?

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Definitely put him in! - 83.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.6%
Last modified on Saturday, 12 April 2014 14:01
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-2 #1 dwewa -0001-11-29 19:00
Brody deserves to be in, but seeing how must people today never saw him, he probably won't!
+1 #2 Knuckles 2012-05-27 15:52
He's all over youtube, ESPN runs AWA matches at midnight and he's there. Heck, the Horsemen were 25 years ago and they got the loudest ovation this past year. He should be in, and ignorance won't keep him out.
+2 #3 Mike 2012-05-28 23:33
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.
0 #4 Richard 2013-02-05 00:34
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.
+1 #5 Richard 2014-01-18 21:05
Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas. Book it!

The Undertaker
Bruiser Brody
The Fabulous Freebirds
0 #6 Dale 2014-01-19 16:45
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.

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