Bobby "The Brain" Heenan -- (born November 1, 1943-died September 17, 2017 as Ray Heenan, in Chicago, IL) is a legendary color commentator and wrestling manager, best known for his work in American Wrestling Association, World Championship Wrestling, and especially, the World Wrestling Federation.
Bobby Heenan came to the WWF in 1984, where he quickly established The Heenan Family (or "Heenan's Stable" as Gorilla Monsoon insultingly referred to them). Heenan was obsessed with taking the WWF World title from Hulk Hogan during his first reign as champion. He managed men like Big John Studd, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy, Ken Patera, Rick Rude, and even Andre The Giant into title matches against Hogan, but none brought a championship to Heenan's name. Until WrestleMania V when Rude defeated Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Intercontinental championship. During Rude's reign, his Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) won the WWF Tag Team Championship from Demolition. Unfortunately, Rude lost his title at SummerSlam '89 and Busters dropped their titles shortly thereafter. Heenan teamed Andre The Giant with Haku as the Colossal Connection, and they defeated Demolition to regain the titles until WrestleMania VI when Demolition reclaimed the belts. After that match, Bobby Heenan blamed Andre The Giant for the loss, foolishly slapping him across the face which caused The Giant to maul Heenan in the ring.
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan bounced back quickly, thanks in large part to his acquiring the "perfect" protege: Mr. Perfect. Perfect won the WWF Intercontinental championship with Heenan's assistance, and he reigned for the better part of the next 12 months, during which time Heenan became unwillingly engrossed in a feud with Big Boss Man after Rude abandoned him and left the WWF. As a result of the beatings he sustained from Big Boss Man, Heenan retired as a manager in 1990, turning over the "family business" to The Coach (not Jonathan Coachman) and Heenan became a full-time "broadcast journalist," a role he had been doing part-time for several years already.
In 1991, Bobby Heenan pulled off the ultimate coup the next year, bringing "The Real World's Champion" Ric Flair into the WWF. He managed Flair for a few months, but his body couldn't take the travel (or rather, his body couldn't keep up with Flair's lifestyle) so he assigned Mr. Perfect as his in-ring advisor. Heenan cheered Flair to his Royal Rumble victory, as well as his feuds with Randy Savage and later Mr. Perfect before Flair left the WWF. At the end of 1993, Heenan let his WWF contract expire and he retired.
Shortly thereafter, Eric Bischoff came a-courtin, and he made Bobby Heenan a very lucrative offer with minimal travel since Heenan lived on the east coast and WCW did almost all of its television in Florida, at least until WCW Monday Nitro grew in popularity. Heenan worked in WCW through the rest of the Monday Night Wars (although, he was never shy to voice his preference for the WWF overall to third-party press).
Having managed Ric Flair & Arn Anderson in the WWF, Heenan returned ringside for one match in 1996 when he managed the Four Horsemen at Great American Bash against NFL greats Steve "Mongo" McMichael & Kevin Greene. Aside from that match, Heenan stayed out of the storylines in WCW and he was used strictly as a broadcast journalist.
After the WWF purchased WCW, Heenan retired. He loaned his voice to Acclaim's Legends of Wrestling: Showdown video game and he made regular appearances at WrestleMania for many years until his health issues got the best of him. His last WWE appearance was in June 2007, voicing his opinion on Vince McMahon for a three-hour special RAW.