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 Posted: Thu Dec 5th, 2019 01:24 am
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Dave Meltzer's favorite. You can't argue with his 'legendary' status. Did well in the US and Japan. Perhaps his legend grew with and because of his death.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 5th, 2019 01:39 am
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I liked watching him. I really enjoyed watching World Class when he was a total ass kicker and would go after Akbar, then flip over to ESPN and see him working with Al-Kaisee. It didn’t make sense but was still interesting to process when they still were trying to keep kayfabe. About ten or so years ago they released DVDs from St Louis, and one had a Flair-Brody Broadway from the Checkerdome. I had not yet seen any of Brody’s Japan work except for if they showed pieces on US tv to reintroduce him to the audience. I was surprised with how well he worked with Flair - he must’ve liked or respected Ric, because he worked a great match and most likely got a very fat envelope that night. His only real fuckup in my opinion was that he went to World Class and over a year became Red River Jack, when he could’ve gone to the WWF for really big money and done a problem with Hogan. As much as Brody liked Japan and the money he made there, he would have made legit, life changing money just off of the action figures and ice cream bars...and wouldn’t have had to make a couple grand in Puerto Rico and end up dying in a corrupt hospital.



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 Posted: Thu Dec 5th, 2019 02:35 am
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One of the best imo. One of my top five ever. He had the mystique...Most of my favorite wrestlers are the ones that had that mystique.

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He had the "it factor" and drew wherever he went. That's enough for me.



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Had he lived, his legend would be that of a difficult to work with journeyman brawler. I don't think he would be held in the high regard he's held in without his tragic end. Not saying he doesn't deserve to be, just saying it certainly raises his stature.



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Not a fan. He certainly had "it" but his refusal to sell makes his matches largely unwatchable for me. He'd be in a tag match in Japan, getting worked over and he's just shrugging things off, then he'll tag out and stand on the apron like nothing happened. Steamboat/Kobashi he wasn't.

I think martini nailed it. He was a journeyman brawler who could be difficult to work with. His death endowed him with a great mystique than he'd legitimately earned.



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 Posted: Thu Dec 5th, 2019 01:10 pm
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His death helped his " Legend" status. Enjoyed his team with Hansen ( my favorite) and he always worked hard in Japan. Burned WAY too many bridges along the way and his stabbing was the cause of it.

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martini wrote: Had he lived, his legend would be that of a difficult to work with journeyman brawler. I don't think he would be held in the high regard he's held in without his tragic end. Not saying he doesn't deserve to be, just saying it certainly raises his stature.
He was held in high regard before he died.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 5th, 2019 01:37 pm
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Since about 95% of his matches always devolved into outside the ring, into the crowd, tossing chairs, etc., he wasn't a favorite of mine. I prefer the in-ring action instead. I won't deny he had a lot of charisma and his death does leave him with a mystique like was posted earlier.

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KGB wrote: Not a fan. He certainly had "it" but his refusal to sell makes his matches largely unwatchable for me. He'd be in a tag match in Japan, getting worked over and he's just shrugging things off, then he'll tag out and stand on the apron like nothing happened. Steamboat/Kobashi he wasn't.

I think martini nailed it. He was a journeyman brawler who could be difficult to work with. His death endowed him with a great mystique than he'd legitimately earned.

This. Martini nailed it...



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I had just turned 11 when he was murdered and didn't even have cable yet, so I never saw any of him in context.  I only read about him in the Apter mags when he was alive, and I was probably a teenager before I saw his first matches on tape.  It's hard to evaluate someone that way, but I was a fan.  Awesome look, great brawler, hardcore pioneer, could also wrestle, and was an agile big man before that really existed (with the possible exception of Don Leo Jonathan).  His influence is obvious when you look at the guys who blatantly ripped him off.  I had no idea that Jim Duggan took his entire schtick and every single mannerism until the 90s.  But his murder obviously added to the mystique a lot.  If he had lived and we had seen him battling Abdullah the Butcher in the early days of Eastern Championship Wrestling in front of 300 fans, which he certainly would've done, it wouldn't be the same.    



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 Posted: Thu Dec 5th, 2019 03:14 pm
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I just thought that in general (painting with a wide brush) his matches were pretty bad

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In the years before Bruiser Brody's death and in the decade or so afterwards, he was held in such high regard by insider fans that he got overrated. Then around 2002 or 2003 a backlash started and got so heated that it turned the other way. Brody is actually underrated now.

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