Bruiser Brody

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Bruiser Brody
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Birth name Frank Donald Goodish
Born (1946-06-18)June 18, 1946
Detroit, Michigan
Died July 17, 1988(1988-07-17) (aged 42)
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bruiser Brody
Frank Goodish
King Kong Brody
The Masked Marauder
Red River Jack
Luke Harper
Billed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)[1]
Billed weight 283 lb (128 kg)[1]
Billed from Santa Fe, New Mexico[1]
Trained by

Fritz Von Erich

Don Jardine
Debut 1973[1]

Frank Donald Goodish (June 18, 1946 – July 17, 1988) was an American professional wrestler who earned his greatest fame under the ring names King Kong Brody and Bruiser Brody. As a wrestler, he helped innovate the "brawling" style and was infamous for his wild and legitimately uncooperative demeanor.

Early life[edit]

Goodish was an All-State football and basketball player at Warren High School, Michigan, and played football at West Texas A&M University (then known as West Texas State) and with the Washington Redskins in the NFL.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

After attending West Texas A&M and working as a sportswriter Goodish was trained to wrestle by Fritz Von Erich ( Jack Adkisson ). He first wrestled in Dallas - Fort Worth and later Louisiana. Brody competed as a freelancer in several companies including the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), Central States Wrestling (CSW), World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), Southwest Championship Wrestling (SCW), Windy City Wrestling, Texas All-Star Wrestling (TASW), World Wrestling Council (WWC), Deep South Wrestling (DSW), Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF), American Wrestling Association (AWA), and World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). In the States, he had numerous feuds with the likes of Kamala the Ugandan Giant, Abdullah the Butcher, and "Crusher" Jerry Blackwell. In Japan, he was in a tag team with Stan Hansen. Brody had a reputation for refusing to job to other wrestlers. He also competed under the moniker of Red River Jack in Texas, during an angle against Gary Hart's men and Skandor Akbar's Army in World Class Championship Wrestling. Brody also competed as the Masked Marauder for one time in the AWA. Later on he went to Vince J. McMahon's WWWF in 1978 where he challenged WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino but was unsuccessful in winning the championship. He also teamed with Big John Studd. It was also in WWWF where he wrestled Invader 1 ( Jose Gonzales ), who he refused to sell too.

In 1985, he had a very short stint with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in a feud with Antonio Inoki and many of their matches ended in no contests or disqualifications. In 1987, Brody began working primarily for the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico after getting fired from New Japan. Brody continued his feud with Abdullah the Butcher, as well as engaging in a feud with Carlos Colon. He briefly returned to All Japan Pro Wrestling to win his last NWA International Heavyweight Championship. On April 15, 1988, the first attempt to form what became the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship was done when Brody faced off against NWA United National and PWF champion Genichiro Tenryu; the result was a double countout. Brody lost the title to Jumbo Tsuruta four days later. In WCCW in Texas he was actually a babyface, most often against Abdullah The Butcher. However against Abdullah in Montreal he was a heel managed by Floyd Creatchman. While there Tim "Killer" Brooks acted as his brother Buster Brody. In St. Louis for a short time he was popular in a NWA world tile match against Ric Flair, which went to a one hour draw. Due to his huge reputation in Japan promoter Shoehi Baba had the match taped and later aired on Japanese TV.

In Florida he beat Brian Blair for the Florida State championship. Brody had an infamous cage match with Lex Luger in Florida at NWA Florida in January 1986. In the middle of the match, Brody stopped "working" and stood around. Luger and Bill Alfonso, the referee of the match, were puzzled and attempted to speak to Brody who did not respond. Luger and Alfonso decided to forgo the planned finish of the match and Alfonso disqualified Luger in a spot where Luger continually punched Brody in a corner and did not back off. After the match, Luger recalls asking Brody if he did anything wrong to upset him, to which Brody responded "no", and Brody's reasons for not working were not very clear, stating that "the match just wasn't working". In Larry Matysik's book, Wrestling at the Chase, Matysik states that before the match Brody told him "I'm not putting up with any of his bullshit" and that Brody was upset that Luger wouldn't sell for him. However, when watching the match, it is clear that Luger did sell for Brody. In a later shoot interview, Bill Alfonso said that there was a miscommunication issue on who would lead the match and there was no ill will ever between the two. Another scenario was that Brody was upset with the promoters over his paycheques(Brody had a contentious history with wrestling promoters for much of his career) and decided to embarrass the promotion by being uncooperative in the match. or didn`t show up for a main event match. In 1987 he returned to the AWA where he fought Greg Gagne and Jerry Blackwell. Despite his reputation as being disagreeable with promotors he would aid any who needed a boost in ticket sales as he was guaranteed to bring in crowds. While working for WCCW in Texas he was the booker and produced their TV program. Due to his education and love for the wrestling business he was nicknamed The Intelligent Monster.

Personal life[edit]

Prior to his wrestling career Goodish worked as a sportswriter in San Antonio, Texas. Goodish was married on June 4, 1968 to Nola Marie Neece;[2] the marriage ended in divorce on October 12, 1970.[3] Goodish's second wife, New Zealand born Barbara Smith remained with him until his death in 1988. They lived in Texas. Together they had a son named Geoffrey Dean, born November 7, 1980.[4] In 2005 his widow Barbra and St. Louis promotional assistant Larry Matysik released the book titled Brody. The book helped the public to learn who Frank Goodish really was. Through his career he trusted very few promoters but was said to have deeply respected Sam Muchnick in St. Louis and Shoehi Baba in Tokyo. Away from the ring he was known as a loving husband and father. His friendships were with those he deeply trusted. If that trust was questioned he`d end the relationship.


On July 16, 1988, Brody was in the locker room before his match with Dan Spivey in Bayamón (a city near San Juan, Puerto Rico), when José Huertas González, a fellow wrestler and booker,[5] asked him to go into the shower to discuss business. Brody entered the shower stall and a few minutes later a scuffle ensued, followed by two screams, loud enough for the entire locker room to hear. Tony Atlas ran to the shower and saw Brody bent over and holding his stomach. Atlas then looked up at González and saw him holding a knife.[6] Due to the heavy traffic outdoors and large crowd in the stadium it took paramedics close to an hour to reach Brody. When the paramedics arrived, Atlas helped carry Brody downstairs to the waiting ambulance, as, due to Brody's enormous stature, paramedics were unable to lift him.[6] Brody's last words (as told to Atlas) were, "Tell my little son I love him[citation needed], and tell my wife I love her, too[citation needed]. Dutch Mantel phoned Frank`s wife Barbra who flew to San Juan with her son. Once they reached the airport, she was told by Abdullah The Butcher ( Lawrence Shreeve ) that Frank passed away. While his wounds were very serious, Brody`s dangerous blood loss was due to his use of Aspirin which is a bloodthinner. He died the following morning as doctors could not control the bleeding. " González, who always maintained his innocence, was initially charged with first-degree murder but was later reduced and tried for involuntary homicide. Most of the witnesses including Dutch Mantell received their subpoena after the trial was over. Atlas, who had given a statement and said he witnessed what happened, refused to return to give his version in court fearing his own life. Without his testimony, the district attorney had no case. Some wrestlers (the Youngbloods) were scared to death[citation needed] and made no declaration to the police at the time of the events[citation needed]. However, Atlas declared what he saw to the police and came back to Puerto Rico several years later to work with the promotion. In January 1989, González was acquitted on all counts, citing self-defense. Colón testified at the trial. The murder weapon wasn`t seen by police and many believe Colon and fellow promotion owner Victor Jovica hid it and somehow got rid of it. Some believed that the drowning death of Gonzalez`s daughter a month earlier may have been a factor, while others believed that Brody had roughed up the 5 foot 7 inch Gonzalez too often over the years since they worked together in WWWF. Many felt that Brody had no respect for Gonzalez at all. In later years Harley Race said that Brody would bully wrestlers and promoters to get what he wanted. Others said Brody was mearly standing up for himself in a business known to be ruthless. In one instance Brody got into a locker room brawl with wrestler and promoter Dick The Bruiser over a pay issue. The next time they met Brody was given what was owed to him. His private funeral was attended by fellow wrestler Big John Studd ( John Minton ). In Tokyo he was honoured by his peers in a in ring ceremony attended by his wife and son.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


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