The wrestling world is a lot less bright and certainly not as humorous as it used to be as Bobby "The Brain" Heenan has passed away. He will forever be known as one of the greatest managers and announcers in the history of professional wrestling, as he left his mark in AWA, WCW, WWE, and so many other promotions. The world lost a great one and wrestling will never ever be the same.
Bobby Heenan was just 73-years-old.
On Sunday evening, word began making the rounds on social media, and then, the official website of WWE confirmed the passing of the Hall of Famer. He molded numerous superstars and led so many of them to greatness in the more than four decades he spent in wrestling.
Bobby Heenan, often referred to as simply "The Brain," is seen as one of the greatest heel managers in the history of the sport. Going a step further, it is hard to name a single announcer who was better at the heel persona and all you have to do is go back and listen to him when he was behind the desk.
It's truly a sad day for all wrestling fans everywhere as an icon and a legend is gone too soon.
BREAKING NEWS: @WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan has passed away at age 73. https://t.co/n5ObLc5aARAfter moving away from ringside and the announcer's booth, Heenan continued to make appearances at events and at conventions. There were many years, though, when he made no appearances due to having his jaw removed after suffering from throat cancer.
— WWE (@WWE) September 17, 2017
In time, he would eventually schedule some appearances, but his ability to talk was hindered greatly and he hadn't spoken publicly in a long time. As reported by Metro, he managed some of the true greats, including Andre the Giant, Ravishing Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Haku, Ric Flair, King Kong Bundy, Arn Anderson, and so many more.
News of Heenan's death first started being passed around after his good friend, Jim Ross, tweeted about the loss of the man affectionately known as "The Weasel."
The news of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan's passing today gutted me.Once it was known and confirmed by WWE, many superstars and wrestling personalities began tweeting their condolences and memories.
I loved our time together.
No one ever did it better than the Wease.
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) September 17, 2017
Bobby Heenan... The Greatest Manager, One Of The Greatest Announcers, And One Of The Best In-Ring Performers In The History Of The Business
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) September 17, 2017
Just learned of Bobby The Brain's passing. My all time favorite entertainer and the main reason I dreamed of working at @WWE Rest easy Brain
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) September 17, 2017
Bobby Heenan was pure magic. Out of all his talents, his ability to make anyone laugh will live on forever. RIP. pic.twitter.com/4N7eFz50qI
— Mustafa Ali (@MustafaAliWWE) September 17, 2017
Hearing of the passing of Bobby Heenan certainly brings sadness, but, being blessed to witness his genius 1st hand, also brings a smile, RIP
— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) September 17, 2017
Today we lost one of our legends.
Im just happy the last words I said to him were, "I love you Bobby."
RIP Bobby Heenan pic.twitter.com/ofqi6IJguD
— Bubba Ray Dudley (@bullyray5150) September 17, 2017
Bobby Heenan passes away on the night of the Emmys. If there was any justice he would've won a truckload. Absolutely legendary. #RIPBrain
— Brian Gewirtz (@bfg728) September 17, 2017
RIP #BobbyHeenan. It was a privilege
— Ember Moon (@WWEEmberMoon) September 17, 2017
Bobby Heenan died today and it has left me very sad. He was the best of the best in the biz and a friend. RIP Bobby. Praying for you Cindy pic.twitter.com/T8wuFAYuST
— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) September 17, 2017
#RIP Bobby Heenan quite probably the greatest all around wrestling performer ever.
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) September 17, 2017
Such sad news. So grateful to have worked with wrestling's clown prince. He did it all and no one did it better. RIP Bobby Heenan pic.twitter.com/wku2notF2H
— Sean Mooney (@SeanMooneyWho) September 17, 2017
Hard to find words. R.I.P. Bobby Heenan. He was a father, brother, mentor and friend to me. Talent personified. I will miss you my friend pic.twitter.com/cVf9RTkVZj
— Bruce Prichard (@bruceprichard) September 17, 2017
Thank you, Bobby Heenan.#TheBrain
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) September 17, 2017
Transitioning into Color Commentary, I've been studying #BobbyHeenan as of late, his Talk Show being my favorite. A brilliant mind. #RIP????
— Josh Mathews (@realjoshmathews) September 17, 2017
Bobby Heenan was great at all that he didManagerWrestlerAnnouncerHostThe BrainWeaselCelebrate his life on @WWENetwork1 of a kind pic.twitter.com/RdcVzUCmK4
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) September 17, 2017
Sad to hear we lost an awesome 1 today unfortunately, the great Bobby Heenan. A LEGIT icon from our World of Pro Wrestling. #TheBrain #RIP
— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) September 17, 2017
I just heard @JRsBBQ tweet the one & only @BobbyHeenan_ passed. Bobby named The Diamond Cutter???? Thank Brother I'm eternally Grateful❤️ DDP
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) September 17, 2017
One of the greatest managers and announcers in WWE history. Our thoughts are with the Heenan family. pic.twitter.com/r9A3IJlSoPBobby "The Brain" Heenan had become very sick over the past few years due to throat cancer and many wondered how much longer he would have in this world. For those that were able to ever spend any time with him, they are considered to be very lucky. The death of Heenan is one that will hit a lot of people in and outside of the WWE very hard, as he was a true friend to so many. Now, one of the greatest and funniest heel personalities in wrestling will be arguing with the other side.
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) September 18, 2017
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