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Encyclopedia > Bruiser Brody

Frank Goodish (1946-1988) was a professional wrestler better known in the professional wrestling world as Bruiser Brody.

Brody fought during the 1970s in the WWE, then known as WWF, and he also fought in Japan, Australia and the Puerto Rico, where he was killed. His nickname in Japan was King Kong.

Brody was a various time champion in the WWE. He also wrestled for the NWA wrestling group. He was a world Heavyweight champion in Indianapolis and won an World Brass Knucks tournament in Australia, and he conquered Canada's and Puerto Rico's world Heavyweight championship, the latter for which he beat Carlitos Colon and lost it to the same rival two weeks later. He held titles wherever he went, and was famous for refusing to job, or to lose cleanly to put someone over. Despite his unwillingness to follow instructions, he was well liked by promoters for his ability to fill a house, since they knew that a Bruiser Brody card would be a sellout. At one point, in 1985, he was the highest paid wrestler in the world, pulling down $14,000 per week as a result of a bidding war between New Japan and All Japan Pro Wrestling.

Today's hardcore matches essentially all are inherited from the work of Bruiser Brody.

Brody had finished a fight in Caguas (a suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico), when another wrestler (Jose Gonzalez) came up to him at the locker room, asked him to go into the shower to discuss business, and attacked him, stabbing him various times. In an attempt to save his life, he was taken by ambulance to Centro Medico (Main Hospital facility of San Juan) after a delay of forty minutes or more, but he died hours later, while undergoing his second surgery.

Various fans consider Brody to be one of the greatest brawlers in the history of wrestling.

He has been honored by two wrestling hall of fames in Japan.

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SLAM! Wrestling Editorial: Bruiser Brody remembered (940 words)
 Bruiser Brody was stabbed to death on July 16th, 1988 in the locker room of Juan Lobriel Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Brody was a brawler that managed to bring mayhem, chaos and bedlam with him wherever he traveled.
Brody was in such big demand in Japan that he became the object of a bidding war between New Japan and All Japan Pro Wrestling in 1985.
bruiserbrodyds (530 words)
Brody wrestled with such unpredictabley and force....he was banned [for real] from a couple of promotions for wildly swinging chairs and chains at anyone unfortunate enough to get too close to him, including the fans at ringside.
At his size, Brody was a legitimate physical challenge for Andre, and he gave the Giant some of the toughest matches of his career, during their on-again, off-again 10-year-feud.
On the 17/07/1988 Frank "Bruiser Brody" Goodish was wrestling for the WWC promotion in Puerto Rico, when he was suddenly and fatally stabbed in the shower room by Jose Gonzales aka Invader III.
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