The Heenan Family Ranked - From Worst To Best

The Heenan Family was an eclectic bunch. How do they stack up against each other?

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Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan will rightly go down in history as one of the all-time greats of professional wrestling. Along with Paul Heyman, Jim Ross, and whomever you wish as the fourth, Heenan's place on the Mount Rushmore of non-wrestlers in professional wrestling is assured.

Heenan's partnership with Gorilla Monsoon at the announce table was legendary, but The Brain was also known for his managerial exploits. The men under Heenan's charge were collectively know as the 'Heenan Family'. Rarely seen together as a collective, the men were more of a loose alliance working under the name. The name moved with Heenan, and a conveyor belt of talent worked with him as part of his family.

Working in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), it was in the latter that the faction gained the greatest focus, and as such this list concentrates only on those in the family in the latter promotion.

For reference, Adrian Adonis, The Missing Link, and the Brooklyn Brawler are not included in this list. The first two because of their brief run in the family, and the latter because it is always safe to assume the Brooklyn Brawler will be last in most lists he is on.

Here are the WWF members of The Heenan Family, from worst to best.

14. The Red Rooster

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I think it is safe to say that whatever the list, if The Red Rooster is an entry he'll find himself near the bottom. Terry Taylor is one of those quasi-legendary names in professional wrestling, a long-time journeyman who was probably underrated in his time. The Red Rooster is the regrettable low point of Taylor's career.

The Red Rooster was briefly a member of the Heenan Family, and was portrayed as a total novice who couldn't put together a match without constant advice from The Brain. Obviously this didn't exactly lead anywhere particularly interesting, culminating in Rooster tiring of Heenan's coaching style and turning face.

Rooster would move into a feud with Heenan's newest protege, The Brooklyn Brawler. It didn't set the world alight, and Taylor left the WWF at the beginning of 1990.


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