Bruiser Brody



Height: 6'8"

Weight: 325 lbs

Real Name: Frank Goodish

DOB: 6/14/1946

DOD: 7/17/1988

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Other Names: Frank Goodish, Frank Brody, Red River Jack, King Kong Brody

Wrestler Since: 1973

Finishing Maneuver: Knee Drop

History: (Last Edited: 1/13/2006)

One of the wildest men in wrestling history, Frank Goodish had a reputation that booked no argument. With his size and attitude, Goodish captivated audiences the world over, becoming one of the most respected wrestlers during his time. Unfortunately, Goodish will always be remembered just as much for the way he left the wrestling world as for the way he changed it.

Goodish began wrestling professionallly in 1973 in his late twenties. At 6'8", he quickly gained a following, changing his name to "Bruiser" Frank Brody, a name that would obviously strike a little more fear than a name like Goodish. Brody didn't waste much time catching on in pro wrestling, as he won his first titles the next year, gaining the NWA US Tag-Team Titles in October 1974 with Stan Hansen, another man known for his old-school brutality. This title reign was just the beginning, as Bruiser Brody would win titles across the United States over the next 14 years, including the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title, the NWA American Heavyweight Title (4 times), the NWA International Heavyweight Champion (twice), and numerous other belts. All-in-all, Bruiser Brody held 1 Television Title, 9 Tag-Team Titles, 7 Brass Knuckle Titles (one of his specialties), and 14 Heavyweight Straps, an incredible string of belts from 1974 to 1988.

Brody was known for his unpredictability, both in the ring and in the back. He was known for swinging chairs and other weapons at wrestlers, referees, and even fans, which caused him to be banned by more than one wrestling organization. Brody never cared, though, as he knew he was there to entertain the fans. He was a challenge for many promoters, as, if he didn't like how something was going to go down, he would either change it himself or simply leave, causing the promoter to have to explain why one of the top draws was not in attendance. Yet Brody continued to be booked, as the fans could never get enough of him. In fact, as "King Kong" Brody in Japan (after losing a "Loser Changes Name" Match with Dick the Bruiser), Brody was one of the most popular foreigners ever to set foot in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Another territory that Brody was popular in was in Puerto Rico, as he wrestled on and off for the World Wrestling Council. Tragically, this decision was the cause of Brody's death. In 1988, Brody had been in WWC to feud with the Masked Destroyer, also known as Jose Gonzalez. Gonzales was the co-owner of the organization, which led to several confrontations with Brody about both wrestling and non-wrestling related problems. On July 17th, 1988, Gonzales allegedly approached Brody while he was in the shower, having just wrestled. According to a police statement from Tony Atlas, Gonzales alledgedly stabbed Brody several times in the stomach with a hunting knife, a brutal murder that shocked the wrestling world. Another shock would soon follow, as, after Atlas refused to testify at the trial, Gonzales was acquitted of the murder. In many people's eyes, Frank Goodish's murderer walked free and clear. Several American wrestlers, including Ric Flair, took a stand, refusing to wrestle in Puerto Rico, causing the WWC to lose its edge in the sport, no longer being the powerhouse it once was.

Frank Goodish's meteoric rise to fame and shocking death are part of the legacy of professional wrestling. There is no doubt, though, that, as Bruiser Brody, Goodish also influenced the path of professional wrestling, as he was hardcore long before it had become commonplace. In 2003, Brody was named #14 on PWI's list of the "Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Era", ahead of wrestlers like Steve Austin, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Sting, & the Undertaker. In that, at least, it's clear that Bruiser Brody's legacy is complete.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (28 - 14, 3 DDQs, 3 DCOs)
- Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (July 22, '78) = Brody lost to the Mid-South North American Champion, Paul Orndorff.
- NWA Central States Tag Team Title Tournament (February 26, '79) = Brody & Buck Robley competed in the tournament, which was won by Randy Alls & Bryan St. John.
- Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (April 21, '79) = Brody & Stan Hansen lost, via DQ, to Charlie Cook & Black Atlas.
- NWA Central States Tag Team Title Tournament (July 12, '79) = Brody & Omar Atlas defeated Ron McFarlane & Dave Nevins, then fell to the eventual winners, Frank Hill & Rufus R. Jones.
- NWA United States Heavyweight Title Tournament (September 1, '79) = Brody beat Johnny Weaver, then lost to Jim Brunzell. Jimmy Snuka won the tournament.
- NWA Central States Tag Team Title Tournament (February 3, '80) = Brody & Ernie Ladd took down Bob Brown & Dick the Bruiser, Dick Murdoch & Dusty Rhodes, and the Oates Brothers to win the tournament.
- AJPW NWA International Title Tournament (April '81) = Brody beat Jack Brisco and Giant Baba, before losing to Dory Funk Jr in the finals.
- AJPW Real World Tag League '81 (November/December) = Brody & Jimmy Snuka defeated Terry & Dory Funk Jr to win the league.
- AJPW Real World Tag League '82 (November/December) = Brody & Stan Hansen lost, via DQ, to Terry & Dory Funk Jr in the finals of the league.
- WCCW Wrestling Star Wars (June 17, '83) = Brody & Kerry von Erich won the American Tag-Team Titles from Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy.
- WCCW Independence Day Star Wars (July 4, '83) = Brody fought to a Double Disqualification with Kimala.
- WCCW Labor Day Star Wars (September 5, '83) = Brody won, via DQ, over Kimala in a "Lumberjack" Match.
- AJPW Real World Tag League '83 (November/December) = Brody & Stan Hansen beat Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu to win the league.
- PWF Tag Team Title League (April '84) = Brody & Stan Hansen won the league.
- WWC 11th Anniversary Show (September 15, '84) = Brody & Stan Hansen, as the AJPW PWF Tag Champs, fought to a Double Disqualification with Abdullah the Butcher & Carlos Colon.
- AJPW Real World Tag League '84 (November/December) = Brody & Stan Hansen competed in the league, which was won by Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu.
- Polynesian Hot Summer Night (August 3, '85) = Brody fought to a Double Countout with Antonio Inoki.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (April 18, '85) = Brody again fought to a Double Countout with Antonio Inoki.
- WCCW Labor Day Star Wars (September 2, '85) = Brody won, via DQ, over the One Man Gang.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (December 6, '85) = Brody & Jimmy Snuka won, via Countout, over Dick Murdoch & the Masked Superstar.
- WCCW Christmas Star Wars (December 25, '85) = Brody won a "Chain" Match over the One Man Gang.
- WCCW January Star Wars (January 26, '86) = Brody, Kerry & Lance von Erich won, via DQ, over the 6-Man Tag Champs, the Fabulous Freebirds. Later on, Brody won a "Steel Cage Chain" Match over the One Man Gang.
- SCW Texas Cup Title Tournament (January '86) = Brody defeated Buddy Moreno, Big Bubba, & Chris Adams to win the tournament.
- NWA Florida Battle of the Belts II (February 14, '86) = Brody fought to a Double Count Out with Wahoo McDaniel.
- AWA Wrestlerock (April 20, '86) = Brody & Nord the Barbarian lost a "Steel Cage" Match to Jimmy Snuka & Greg Gagne.
- 3rd Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions (May 4, '86) = Brody won a "Barbed Wire" Match over Terry Gordy. Later on, Brody lost, via DQ, to the WCCW Champion, Rick Rude.
- WCCW Independence Day Star Wars (July 4, '86) = Brody fought to a Double Disqualification with Abdullah the Butcher.
- WCCW Labor Day Star Wars (September 1, '86) = Brody lost, via DQ, to Abdullah the Butcher.
- WCCW 3rd Cotton Bowl Extravaganza (October 12, '86) = Brody won a "Steel Cage" Match over Abdullah the Butcher. Fritz von Erich was the special referee.
- WCCW Christmas Star Wars (December 25, '86) = Brody lost a "Loser Leaves Town Steel Cage" Match to Abdullah the Butcher.
- WWC Gillette Cup Tournament (February 28, '87) = Brody competed in the tournament (unknown winner).
- 4th Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions (May 3, '87) = Brody pinned Jeep Swenson.
- WWC 14th Anniversary Show (September 7, '87) = Brody won, via DQ, a "Dog Collar Chain" Match over Abdullah the Butcher.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (October 6, '87) = Brody & Moondogs Spot & Spike beat Tiger Mask II, Shinichi Nakano, & Isao Takagi.
- WCCW 4th Cotton Bowl Extravaganza (October 17, '87) = Brody won a Battle Royal.
- AJPW Real World Tag League '87 (November/December) = Brody & Jimmy Snuka lost in the finals of the league to Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu.
- WWC Gillette Cup Tournament (February 27, '88) = Brody lost in the first round to Dory Funk Jr. Carlos Colon won the tournament.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (March 27, '88) = Brody won the NWA International Title from Jumba Tsuruta.
- 5th Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions (May 8, '88) = Brody & Kevin von Erich defeated Buddy Roberts & Solomon Grundy(under a mask).

Title Summary:
- NWA United States Tag-Team Champion w/ Stan Hansen (10/74 - 7/09/75)
- NWA Western States Heavyweight Champion (10/17/75 - 75)
- NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion (12/31/75 - 3/76)
- NWA American Heavyweight Champion (1/03/77 - 4/12/77)
- NWA American Heavyweight Champion(2) (4/13/77 - 7/25/77)
- NWA Texas Tag-Team Champion w/ Mike York (5/77 - 8/77)
- World (Australia) Brass Knuckles Champion (3/17/78 - ??)
- NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion (5/28/78 - 9/10/78)
- NWA Texas Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Gino Hernandez (8/78 - 9/04/78)
- NWA American Heavyweight Champion(3) (9/11/78 - 12/25/78)
- NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Champion (6/10/79 - 7/22/79)
- NWA Texas Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Kerry von Erich (7/23/79 - 79)
- NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Champion(2) (7/29/79 - 79)
- WWA World Heavyweight Champion (8/04/79 - 5/31/80)
- NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Champion(3) (79)
- NWA American Heavyweight Champion(4) (11/30/79 - 1/02/80)
- NWA Central States Tag-Team Champion w/ Ernie Ladd (2/03/80 - 3/20/80)
- NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Champion(4) (3/14/80 - 80)
- NWA Central States Heavyweight Champion (4/10/80 - 5/22/80)
- NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Champion(5) (11/14/80 - 8/81)
- NWA American Tag-Team Champion w/ Kerry von Erich (1/11/81 - 5/81)
- NWA International Heavyweight Champion (10/09/81 - 11/01/81)
- IWCW World Heavyweight Champion (??/??/??)
- SCW World Tag-Team Champion w/ Dick Slater (82)
- SCW Brass Knuckles Champion (4/82)
- NWA International Heavyweight Champion(2) (4/21/82 - 8/31/83)
- NWA American Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Kerry von Erich (6/17/83 - 83)
- PWF World Tag-Team Champion w/ Stan Hansen (4/25/84 - 3/21/85)
- WCCW Television Champion (5/17/86 - 6/86)
- NWF International Heavyweight Champion (10/87 - ??)
- NWA International Heavyweight Champion(3) (3/27/88 - 4/19/88)

PWI Achievement Awards: (2 wins, 0 1st RUs, 0 2nd RUs, 0 3rd RUs)
- 1988 PWI Editors' Award
- 1996 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame Inductee