Throughout the history of professional wrestling, what a performer can do on the mic is often just as important as what they do in the ring. Each afternoon, Smark Attack will highlight a wrestling promo that shows off the best, and sometimes the worst, in pro wrestling microphone work.
And we're not just looking for classic promos. If you're a local wrestler or if you've always wanted to be a pro wrestler and want to show off your mic skills send your best promo: 45 seconds or less to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we end up running it on the blog, we'll give you a City Paper t-shirt.
A college football player turned sports writer, Frank Goodish a.k.a. Bruiser Brody became famous worldwide as one of the toughest wrestlers in history. He didn't like bullshit and he refused to job to another performer that he didn't respect. The best example of this was against Lex Luger in a 1987 match in Florida. For most of '87, Brody was wrestling in Puerto Rico for Carlos Colon's WWC promotion, mainly feuding with Colon and Abdullah the Butcher. Brody's matches with the Butcher were legendary, bloody affairs.
On July 16, 1988, Brody and another wrestler, Jose Huertas Gonzalez were having a conversation in the arena showers, allegedly about business, and it turned violent. Gonzalez stabbed Brody in the stomach and the big man died on July 17. There was a lot of nonsense surrounding Gonzalez in the aftermath and if you're interested, this article explains the situation pretty well. Brody was one of the toughest competitors to ever wrestle and he wasn't too bad on the mic. Take a look: