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The life and times of pro wrestling's original bad boy, Bruiser Brody

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Bruiser Brody, aka Frank Goodish
Bruiser Brody, aka Frank Goodish

Bruiser Brody was a legendary figure in pro wrestling. Here's why.

Bruiser Brody was everything you'd expect or want from a professional wrestler.

Huge, muscular, with a wild mane of curly black hair and a bristly beard. Ornery, intense, and possibly on the verge of an apoplectic fit at the drop of a hat. Promoters and fellow wrestlers alike categorize Brody as crazy, difficult and even dangerous to work with or be around.

But the man behind the Bruiser Brody gimmick, Frank Goodish, is also remembered as a loving family man, a husband and a father who worked very diligently to provide a decent standard of living. It seems Brody was a polarizing figure; either loved or hated.

When it came to wrestling fans, however, there was no doubt that Brody was beloved. When wrestling was still largely a regional business, Brody was one of the elite men who could draw huge ticket sales and attendance just by having his name on the card.

Here are ten legendary, notorious, or just plain unbelievable moments from Bruiser Brody's career.

#10 First title reign with fellow Texas legend Stan Hansen

Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen as tag champions.
Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen as tag champions.

With only a year's experience under his belt, Brody captured his first gold in the wrestling world.

Teaming with another one of wrestling's toughest men--Stan "the Lariat" Hansen--Brody reigned as one half of the NWA United States tag team champions. (Tag wrestling was so popular and competitive in the 70s and 80s that many promotions had both a mid-card and main event level tag championship.)

Clearly, it was the start of a legendary career. Here's Bruiser and Hansen facing the Funk Brothers in a five-star match.

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