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"I'll never find out!"
Bruiser Brody, when asked what it felt like to lose, as quoted in The Pictorial History of Wrestling: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Bert Randolph Sugar and George Napolitano.

"Bruiser Brody is another one. He was in some of the great matches of all time, but he was also in some of the worst matches of all time when he was in the mood."
Dave Meltzer, commenting on the AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel (w/Bobby "The Brain" Heenan)-Bruiser Brody match on Volume 1: Busted Open! of the Wrestling Gold DVD series.

Frank Donald Goodish (June 18, 1946–July 17, 1988) was an American football player and professional wrestler from Detroit, MI under the name Bruiser Brody. He competed throughout the world, particularly in World Class Championship Wrestling in Dallas, TX, the American Wrestling Association, the St. Louis Wrestling Club, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico. Among his achievements were holding the NWA International Heavyweight Title, which later became part of All Japan's Triple Crown Heavyweight Title, holding the All Japan PWF Tag Team Title with his good friend Stan Hansen, holding the NWA American (World Class) Heavyweight Title four times and holding the NWA Central States (Kansas City) Heavyweight Title. While working for the WWC, wrestler Jose Gonzales, aka Invader #1, murdered Brody by stabbing him to death in the shower after a match on July 17, 1988. He was tried in a Puerto Rican court and was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense.


The Other Wiki has a good writeup on his life and career.


  • No-Sell: Brody was notoriously selective with who he would sell for, but it added greatly to his tough guy character. It was noted in the book Brody: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Wrestling's Rebel that it took a huge effort just to make Brody go to one knee, but anyone who managed it would instantly get over. When Brody did sell though, it was an amazing sight. During a cage match in the mid 80s, Brody's opponent Lex Luger apparently did something to annoy Brody (Match referee Bill Alfonso suggests that Luger tried to call the match, despite Brody being the veteran, while Luger himself has stated that Brody simply didn't like the reaction the match was getting, as the two were babyfaces in different territories). Brody's response was to stop selling completely and simple stare a hole through Luger, who threw punch after punch to no effect, before deciding simply to leave the cage.
  • One Steve Limit: Worked as King Kong Brody in St. Louis, Dick the Bruiser's World Wrestling Association in Indianapolis and other territories where Dick the Bruiser was established.
  • Only in It for the Money: His Kayfabe explanation for working with Sheik Adnan, and, generally understood to be a motivating force for him in Real Life.
  • Power Stable:
  • Real Men Love Jesus: According to "Superstar" Billy Graham, he never missed a church worship service on Sunday and the first thing he would do if he had to be in another town or country on a Sunday was look for a suitable church.
  • Red Baron: "King Kong", (in Japan) "Choujuu" ("Super Beast"); (as Frank Goodish) "The Hammer"
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Worked as a booker for World Class Championship Wrestling.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Had a notorious reputation among promoters for being hard to work with and refusing to job, and would in fact walk out if he didn't like a situation. Part of this was due to his secure spot in All Japan Pro Wrestling and not wanting word of a job he had done to get back to AJPW's boss, Giant Baba.
  • Tag Team: The Miracle Power Combination, with Stan Hansen
  • Tag Team Twins: Once faced the Mexican Twin Devils (#1 and #2) in what was unofficially a handicap match as they would pull the inevitable Twin Switch routine. This went on until Don Diamond ran down to the ring and threw flour in the hair of one of them, with Brody pinning that one to win.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Sometimes, rather than walk out if he didn't like a situation, he would do what he could to wreck it instead. Infamously refused to cooperate with a young Lex Luger in a cage match in Florida in 1987. For years fans thought Brody was teaching a disrespectful Luger a lesson, taped razor blades onto his fists, and then forced a terrified Luger to leap out of the cage for his life. Even Bill Alfonso, the referee for the match, has said Brody was teaching a lesson to Luger that you don't tell a veteran how to work a match. When the video of the match was finally shown the truth was revealed though. Brody simply stopped selling and Luger was more confused than scared. He grew more frustrated and simply left when Brody refused to work with him. After the match Luger asked Brody if he offended him, and he was told that he did nothing wrong. Brody did't like that they were both babyfaces and was having issue with the promoter and not Luger.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: According to Tony Atlas in regards to Brody's death, he was supposed to leave Puerto Rico to go to Japan, but Jose Gonzales had connections there who were waiting for him. In his words, "If it didn't happen in Puerto Rico, it was going to happen in Japan."

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