Wrestling World Reacts To The Death Of Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan

Vince McMahon, Ric Flair, and more react to the WWE Hall of Famer's passing.

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The wrestling world was dealt a shocking blow with the passing of WWE Hall of Famer Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan on Sunday evening.

Widely regarded as one of, if not the, most influential managers and announcers of all time, he first signed with WWE in 1984, and managed a who's who of wrestling legends, including Andre The Giant, Mr. Perfect, and Rick Rude, before leaving for WCW in 1993.

Heenan had been dealing with major health issues for years, having contracted throat cancer in 2002. He was 73 years old at the time of passing.


Tributes have flown in from all corners of the sport, as you'd expect for such a universally beloved and influential performer. Starting with Hulk Hogan, who 'Brain' first worked with in AWA in 1983:-


Heenan was a close associate of Ric Flair during 'The Nature Boy's' initial WWE run from 1991-93, and one of his most vocal supporters in the announce booth, particularly during his epic Royal Rumble 1992 performance. Flair tweeted the following:-


The McMahon family were also quick to acknowledge Heenan's impact on the business:-

Here are some more reactions to Heenan's death from around the wrestling world:-

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.