Bruiser Brody

This page is a tribute to probably the wildest wrestlers who ever lived! Apparently a real gentleman out of the ring, but don't tell that to any of him opponents. Brody was murdered in Puerto Rico in 1986, but the legend lives on. Brody often teamed with another legend in Japan, Stan "The Lariet" Hansen.

Frank "Bruiser Brody" Goodish was one of the wildest, most insane, and most impersonated men ever to step in the ring. The 6`8 325 lb. New Mexican wildman, with long curly black hair, scraggly beard and furry boots brawled with such reckless abandon and fury that he is a true legend in every country he performed in. His style and image have been emulated more times than can be counted, which is more a tribute to his originality and uniqueness than blatant copying. Bruiser Brody is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, brawlers the sport has ever known. His story is also one of wrestling's most tragic...

Frank Goodish was born in 1946 in Pennsylvania, moved to New Mexico during his youth, and started his career as "Bruiser" Frank Brody in 1973. By September of 1974, he won his first championship -- the NWA U.S. (Tri-State version) Tag team titles with Stan Hansen. This was the beginning of what would be, from that point forward, a life-long friendship. By 1975, Brody was in main event title matches with the great Bruno Sammartino...not bad for only 2 years in the sport!

Among other tournaments and championship's, Brody won the NWA Western States title in 1975, the Florida Heavyweight title, 4 NWA North American titles, 3 Texas Tag Team titles between 1977-79, the Texas Heavyweight title, the Texas Brass Knuckles title, 4 American Tag Team titles (3 w/Kerry Von Erich, 1 w/Ernie Ladd), the Central States Tag Team title (w/Ladd) and the Cenral States Heavyweight title in 1980, 3 NWA International Heavyweight titles between 1981-1988, the Australian World Brass Knuckles title, the World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight title, the PWF Tag Team titles (w/Hansen), the WCCW TV title in 1986, and the last title he would ever hold, the NWF International Heavyweight title in 1987.

Brody wrestled with such unpredictability and force...he was banned (for real) from a couple of promotions for wildly swinging chairs and chains at anyone unfortunate enough to get too close to him -- including the fans at ringside! He was an instant success in Japan, and has been considered a "wrestling God" there since his Japanese debut in a tag match with (King) Curtis Iukea vs. Giant Baba and The Masked Destroyer in January of 1979.

During his 15 years in the sport, Brody wrestled both as a hated villain and a loved hero. He feuded with the best in the sport during his time in the ring...Dick The Bruiser (for the right to the name "Bruiser", which he lost...ever wonder why Brody was sometimes called "King Kong"?), Bruno Sammartino, the Funks, Ric Flair, Abdullah the Butcher, the Von Erich Family, Dusty Rhodes, Dick Murdoch, Harley Race, and many more.

Probably his most remembered feud, though, was against Andre The Giant. At 6`8 and over 320 lbs., Brody was a legitimate physical challenge for Andre, and he gave the Giant some of the toughest matches of his career during their on-again, off-again 10-year feud. When Andre and Brody wrestled, the ring would literally move when one of them whipped the other's giant frame into the corner! It was one of the best feud's in wrestling history and of either man's career...

As was the case everywhere he wrestled, Bruiser Brody was one of the biggest stars/draws in the Puerto Rican-based World Wrestling Council. He had legendary feuds/matches there with Abdullah, Carlos Colon, and the Invader. But his feud with the Masked Invader (Jose Gonzalez, co-owner of WWC) proved to be the last of his career.

Frank Goodish aka Bruiser Brody was murdered in a Puerto Rican locker room on July 17, 1988, the victim of several stab wounds to the stomach. Jose Gonzalez was charged with the murder. The news of Brody's murder sent shockwaves through the world of wrestling, and everyone wanted to know just why someone would murder the well-liked (among his fellow wrestlers) Brody. Tony Atlas witnessed the murder take place while in the same locker room. In a statement to police at the time, Atlas told the authorities that Gonzalez had approached Brody (after a series of real-life confrontations between Brody-Gonzalez) in the shower with a long, concealed hunting knife and stabbed Goodish in the torso several times. Atlas would refuse to testify at the trial though, and Gonzalez was eventually acquited. Brody's family attorney was quoted at the time saying that Atlas refused extradition (he was allowed to do so on a technicality) and that the case had depended entirely on his testimony. Without Atlas, they had no case.

Unlike in the United States, the jury in a Puerto Rican murder case does not have to come to a unanimous decision, and which ever way the majority of the jury votes is how the verdict is rendered. Although Puerto Rican law came to a different conclusion, most familiar with the case believe Brody's murderer walked away a free man. The World Wrestling Council, once a wrestling hot-bed, all but disappeared after the negative publicity and devastating loss of American talent who refused to work in Puerto Rico after Brody's murder. But the loss of the WWC pales in comparison to the loss the sport suffered when Frank Goodish died. Wrestling lost a true legend on that steamy August night, the likes of which we may never see again...

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