5 things you didn't know about Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan passed away on September 17th, 2017 at the age of 72 years. Even though he's gone, his impact on the pro wrestling business will be felt forever.
But some of his most lasting memories are held by those who knew him best. Heenan was an outstanding personality in and out of the ring and anyone who knew him remembers him fondly for his uncanny ability to capitalize on unexpected moments.
His antics outside the ring were sometimes even more entertaining than what he pulled off in front of the camera. He brought joy to all those around him with his sharp wit and never ending desire to make people laugh.
He might be gone, but he will never be forgotten. So let's explore some sides of Bobby Heenan's legendary life that some fans might not remember.
#5- He was afraid of the fans
Heenan might have been a fan favorite but he was actually terrified of his adoring (and often times angry) public. He was a heat machine in the days of kayfabe and feared the wrath of his words from the general public.
Tony Schiavone once spoke about Heenan's phobia of the fans on his podcast What Happened When.Thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.
"Bobby was also very afraid of fans because fans, as you know, as a heel back in the old days, could really get on you."
Schiavone went on to tell a story about going to the next town with Heenan on time but the car got there late and they were stormed by fans.
"We got the car late. We got in the car and I think [Mike] Tenay may have driven the car this time or maybe I was driving and the fans came out and they saw Heenan and started banging on the car [...] And they were banging on the car and Heenan was in full panic mode. He was like, 'you guys don't understand! These fans are crazy!'"
Fans would scream "WEASEL!" at Heenan which was his world-famous moniker. It scared Bobby to no end and he was legitimately afraid of their ferocious fandom.