The Murder of Bruiser Brody
However, one wrestler who said he was there when the attack happened and he said that Jose Gonzales was hiding in the shower area and when Bruiser Brody ducked his head to enter the area, Gonzales was said to have grabbed Bruiser Brody by the hair, pull him down a bit and stabbed him repeatedly in the stomach. Jose Gonzales was tried for the murder but was subsequently acquitted by the jury on the grounds that it was indeed self defense. The wrestling world as well as the fans may never know the truth of the events that unfolded that day, but one thing is for sure and that is that professional wrestling lost one of the best on July 17th, 1988 and at the age of 42, still had a few good years in him in the squared circle.
Frank Goodish was born in 1946 and was married twice. His first marriage lasted only about two years but his second marriage lasted until his untimely, horrific death. He had one son with her as well. Frank Goodish wrestled under different names and has probably wrestled for more companies and in more places than any other wrestler at that time and quite possibly, even today. He was loved in Japan but not liked by too many wrestlers here because there were a lot of times when, as I mentioned previously, he would put other wrestlers over. Even so, he wrestled for the NWA, the AWA, and the WWWF where he had some great battles with Bruno Sammartino and Ivan Putski in the late 70’s.
His favorite tag team partner was Stan “The Lariat” Hansen and they were a dominant tag team with different, yet, similar styles of brawling.
Bruiser Brody received a lot of posthumous awards including one from the wrestling magazine, Pro Wrestling Illustrated and has been nominated into several different Hall of Fames including the St. Louis Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007. I wonder when, if ever, the WWE will induct him into their self proclaimed illustrious Hall of Fame.
Bruiser Brody is gone and he is missed and he will never be forgotten by any wrestler or wrestling fan that knew or watched him personally and professionally.
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