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:
Frank Goodish (Real Name)
Red River Jack
King Kong Brody
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
5. Beat Abdullah the Butcher in a Cage Match at the Cotton Bowl (10/12/87)