QOTD #65 – Bruiser Brody

Today’s Question: Let’s say somehow, someway, on that day in July of 1988 in Puerto Rico, Bruiser Brody makes a full recovery from those stab wounds and is ready to go by the beginning of 1989….in 100 words or less, How would the next 25 years in the career of Bruiser Brody have unfolded?

Yesterday’s Question: Totally random and off the grid, but I’ve been trying to rack my brain to think of the best “White Meat Babyfaces” of all time….so as part of this, I ask the blog a 2-part question:

a) In the history of wrestling, who best exemplifies the term “white meat babyface”?

b) Who is the greatest wrestler of all-time to never have a run as a heel?
 
In my simple thinking mind, I never stopped to consider the prior era to the 80s, so I didn’t think Verne Gagne or Bruno Sammartino (sidenote: that guy would have made an AWESOME heel).

The wrestlers I heard mentioned (that really never have been heels – to my knowledge):

Verne Gagne, Bruno Sammartino, Magnum T.A., Ricky Steamboat, Rey Mysterio, Tito Santana. (I’d throw in Greg Gagne and Steve O as well – though they weren’t mentioned)

I was thinking Mr. Wrestling II, but he was a heel in Mid-South at the end (and a damn good one as well). John Cena and Dusty Rhodes were both heels at the very beginning of their careers.

Peyton Drinking: “Zack Gowen never had a run as a heel.”

  • Charismatic eNegro Jef Vinson: “I don’t think Zack Gowan has ever RAN.
  •  Being a not very good person overall sometimes, I found the exchange hilarious….and yes, Zack had a brief heel….uh…..”run” on Smackdown I believe

    As for the white meat babyface, clearly, the bloggers favored the same guys

    MrJustinB: “Wouldn’t the best white meat be the Gobbledegooker? Red Rooster?”

    As I said yesterday, with that logic, my vote would be for Porkchop Cash

    But seriously, my inspiration for the question stems from hearing it a lot on Stone Cold’s podcast. Though Hulk Hogan in the 80s was the most over face of all time (my opinion), I’ve heard the actual phrase “white meat babyface” used to describe Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich more than anybody.

    Devin beat me to it. I have to go with Ricky Morton. ”

    “Ricky Morton. Dude was over as hell in 86 and I’m not even sure why.”

    Devin, dude was about 150 lbs. and took a helluva ass kicking as the ultimate underdog…and the girls LOVED him! Plus he sold like nobody’s business. Especially against the Horsemen, or the Russians

    “Gotta be Steamboat- when Flair brings out a line of bimbos to walk him to the ring, and you respond with your wife and infant child in a dragon costume- you might be a uber baby face. I’m sure Mayberry was going wild for him.

    The funny thing is, because Steamboat was so good- nobody even gave him shit for being so over the top corny.”

    “Serious, I can’t even imagine Steamboat as a heel. Only a warped mind like Russo would do some dumb shit like that.”

    My guess is that Russo would have turned him heel, and turned him back face 2 weeks later….by having Little Ricky drop blood from the ceiling onto him, causing him to lose to Vince Russo himself…..or something asinine like that

    “Ricky Steamboat for both.”

    Okay, so pretty much everybody loves the dragon…..and why not? He was pretty awesome.

    Shoot of the Day: Luger v. Brody

    Given that we’ve been talking about Andre v. Maeda lately, here’s the most famous shoot in wrestling history (arguably): And the Masked Man article written about it: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/63888/wrestlings-greatest-shoots-volume-1-bruiser-brody-vs-lex-luger Man, Brody was being a dick here.  I know Meltzer sees it another way but he was best friends with the guy so obviously he would.  Wrestling is built on trusting your opponent and Luger was a young kid who basically got betrayed by a pissed off and hungover Brody, just because Luger was the guy who was getting pushed at that point and Brody didn’t want to do business.  If you watch the video, you can see about 6:30 Luger basically turn to Fonzie in desperation and go “What the hell do I do now?” before fleeing the ring in terror all the way to millions of dollars in JCP.  It actually gets pretty tense to watch once Brody starts no-selling the punches and every fan should see it at least once. 

    Bruiser Brody……what if? – (and wrestler theme music)

    1. As we all know, Bruiser Brody died in 1988 at age 42, but lets say for a moment that he had not – what do you think would have happened to his career? His demise coincided with the dying days of the territories, so would he have gone to WWF? Would he have went to Japan and maybe come back for a promotion like ECW? 


    2. Give me a Top 5…….who – in your opinion – has the best musical entrance in Wrestling history? (This question was inspired by CM Punks music – at this point, I wish he would go back to the theme he used until last year)

    1.  It would have been awkward as hell trying to pin him with that knife in his gut, I can tell you that.  Oh, wait, you meant something different.  I think he would have stayed in Japan and then retired fairly young.  Berzerker was WWF's attempt to recreate him, so obviously that wouldn't have worked, and I don't see a place for him in WCW.  Maybe a career revival in ECW, but how many bounced checks was he gonna take before he told Paul Heyman to go fuck himself?
    2.  DEMOLITION, mofo.