The wrestling world poured out many a tribute this week after Bobby “The Brain” Heenan passed away on the weekend. Everyone from fans, former wrestlers, and current WWE superstars took to social media to express their fondest memories of the man known as “The Weasel.” A touching tribute video even aired on Raw, featuring plenty of classic moments between Heenan and his commentary partner, Gorilla Monsoon.
Already regarded as probably the greatest manager in the history of the wrestling business, veteran performer and multi-time WWE champ Chris Jericho is willing to go even further. On a recent appearance on the Q Radio Show, Jericho convincingly laid of the case for Heenan being the best all-around performer to ever grace the squared circle.
“There’s a case to be made that Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan is the best all-around performer in wrestling history. From a commentating standpoint, the best. From a managing standpoint, the best. From a promo standpoint, the best. From a wrestling standpoint, he could work better than 90 percent of the guys. If you watch some of the bumps he would take when he would get hit, he took these tremendous flippy floppy bumps because he started as a wrestler.
“He commentated my matches for three years in WCW. I wasn’t the best, sometimes his commentary was better than my matches, but he always said something funny or interesting. And then when I turned heel and started finding my way, he always subtly supported that as the heel commentator should, whereas the other guys were burying and burying me just trying to get themselves over. Bobby was a true professional, and like I said, there is a debate that he could be the best all-around [performer] of all-time.”
When we think of the “greatest of all-time” in the wrestling business, names like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, and The Rock typically are all brought up. As far as in-ring performers go, there’s no arguments those guys belong in the conversation. But we know that wrestling is so much more than just the matches. It’s the hype, the heat, the promos, the commentary. It all forms one big package of entertainment. If you follow Y2J’s arguments, Heenan may very well have been the most well-rounded guy we’ve ever seen.