I am not a weasel!
One of Bobby Heenan's best qualities was his ability to handle punishment, be it physical or verbal. In 1985, he and client Big John Studd appeared on WWF's Tuesday Night Titans program, and host Vince McMahon brought out a child and his ferret, forcing Heenan to declare that he looked nothing like a weasel.
September is Manager Appreciation Month in Canadian Bulldog's World, with tons of unique features and a daily Manager Spotlight.
While we've certainly talked about Bobby The Brain Heenan at length throughout September (how could you have a Manager Appreciation Month and NOT mention the guy?).... nothing could have prepared me for his passing last week. My favorite manager of all time (as seen in our Top 50 Wrestling Managers list), The Brain even granted us a brief email interview earlier this year, which was absolutely one of my biggest highlights in running this website.
In ranking the Top 50 Bobby The Brain Heenan Memories... well, this is really a list of my own personal reflections, so it won't adhere to the usual standards of rankings and formulas that are usually used in these Top 50 lists.
Please note: Having been a wrestling fan for the past 30 or so years, I don't have many memories of Heenan in the AWA or earlier in his career (though I do include a few I've seen thanks to the magic of YouTube and WWE Network). So while there were surely some tremendous Heenan memories before 1985... most of them aren't reflected here. I also elected to remove any Heenan appearances on Arsenio Hall, Regis & Kathie Lee, Family Feud, David Letterman, Politically Incorrect, etc.... even though they were amazing, I'm sticking to the squared circle here.
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One of Bobby Heenan's final appearances on a pro wrestling program was on TNA Impact on September 7, 2006, when he was trying to sign free agent Bobby Roode to a contract. Meeting in Heenan's limo, Heenan promised the future Glorious one prime real estate and cash if he ended up signing with The Brain.
Bobby Heenan's WCW commentary wasn't nearly as memorable as his work in the WWF. But during one appearance on Monday Nitro in 1997, The Brain was commentating at ringside when Brian Pillman suddenly grabbed Heenan on the shoulder, causing him to shout "What the f*ck are you doing?" on live television.
During the fall of 1990, Bobby Heenan continually made fun of Big Boss Man's mother, theoretically to set up a rivalry between Boss Man and Heenan's charge Ravishing Rick Rude. However, Rude quit the promotion (in storyline, he was suspended for Heenan's remarks) and Heenan was left to fend for himself.