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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press,Canada (25 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550227602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550227604
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.6 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A must read for any wrestling fan. . . . An inspiring story." --About.com

"Matysik tells it as honestly and true as any reader could want." --Nick Bockwinkel, former American Wrestling Association champion

"[Co-author] Matysik serves as a sympathetic biographer who worked professionally with Brody as a St. Louis wrestling promoter. Barbara Goodish tells a love story that began during Brody's Australian tours in the 1970s. Their chapters are interwoven throughout the book." --ScrippsNews.com

About the Author

Larry Matysik is a former protege of the famous St. Louis wrestling promoter, Sam Muchnick, and was Brody's best friend. He is the author of "Wrestling at the Chase." Barbara Goodish is Brody's widow.

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Bruiser Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel.
By Larry Matysik.
Published by ECW Press.
Released August 15, 2007.
Pages 240, paperback.

An appropriate title for a much anticipated life story of wrestling's truly successful rebel, Frank Goodish also known as 'Bruiser' or 'King Kong' Brody. Written by a close friend in Larry Matysik combined with Frank's widow Barbara Goodish, the biography takes you inside Frank's life as much as you could ask for given that he had been deceased 19 years at time of publication. Not only was Larry a confidant of Brody, he was also a commentator for Wrestling At The Chase, a promoter, a protegé of Sam Muchnick and at one time an employee for the WWE, he has wrote two other books titled Wrestling at the Chase and Drawing Heat the Hard Way.

Independent in every sense of the word, something that could not be said of many wrestlers in the territory days of wrestling and of even less could be distinguished with in today's scene. Brody would travel from area to area working for different promoters, travelling all over the world to find the best money without having to fight backstage as well as in the ring for it. Starting with his youth in Michigan before playing football at possibly Texas' most well known school for wrestler's of that period, West Texas State. Matysik takes you back to how Goodish broke into the business and subsequently created his now famous brawling, wild man character. It would be this gimmick that could be turned on or off at Brody's own will that would make him one of the biggest draws across America reaching as far as the Orient.
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Before WWE and WWF (not the Wildlife Fund) there was a wrestler who did not see the wrestling as sports entertainment but sport. Bruiser Brody epitomised the culture of a proper wrestler doing a proper fight. Good read for pre WWF/WWE fans who think wrestling was a sport
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Just what i had hoped it wouldnt be - one mans over infatuation for an obviously tough legend of the sport. Every page we're constantly reminded of how super humanly tough Brody was, how much fear he put in others, how much respect he commanded. Quickly becomes extremely tiresome and nauseating.
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Bruisers story is very interesting, a kind man but you wouldnt mess with him, in depth details on his sad murder in puerto rico and much more!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend of Bruiser Brody on paper 6 Oct. 2007
By Brad from OWW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The legend of Bruiser Brody has finally been documented on paper by the people who knew him by both his personas; First there was Frank Goodish - the gentle giant, caring human being, loyal friend, loving husband, and proud father; And then there was Bruiser Brody - the wild and often controversial wrestler that most of us are familiar with. This combination of distinct characteristics bundled together to create complex and entertaining MAN who was loved by those who knew him personally and admired by fans who knew him professionally - although many greedy promoters knew him as a seven foot tall walking talking headache. Larry Matysik (the voice of St. Louis wrestling, announcer for the famed "Wrestling at the Chase," and author of a wonderful book by the same name) joined forces with Barbara Goodish, the widow of Frank and mother of his only child, Geoff, to boldly present the life and times of Frank "Bruiser" Brody.

With the exception of the big two, WWF and WCW, Bruiser Brody literally worked everywhere on the wrestling planet. He developed one of the most unbalanced reputations in the history of the wrestling industry. Starting out in Texas, then making a name for himself in St. Louis under the guidance of promoter Sam Muchnick, hitting virtually every territory in the country, dominating the wrestling circuit in Japan, and taking advantage of the national exposure by appearing in Verne Gagne's AWA. The road-map of Brody's career literally circled the globe and he did it all with an iron fist and a steadfast commitment to preserving his own character as well as the integrity of the sport. His insistence on getting every penny he earned often left a bad taste in the mouths of unscrupulous promoters, who would inevitably book him again due to one unavoidable principle - Brody could "draw" the fans like no other.

Personally, I have always been very much intrigued by Bruiser Brody. My limited exposure to his matches, and fuzzy low-quality compilation tape left me terribly curious about this mysterious figure that seemingly has the entire wrestling world in the palm of his hand. Very few wrestlers could attract the attention of his audience as well as Bruiser Brody, and perhaps (no I'm pretty sure it is) that's the reason he was able to make so much money in so many territories. Bruiser Brody, sometimes known as "King Kong" Brody (as not to infringe on Dick The Bruiser's notoriety), will go down in history as one of the most all-around fan-friendly professional wrestlers ever - despite what role, heel or face, he was playing.

Thanks to the courage of his widow, Barbara, fans of the legendary Bruiser Brody have been formally introduced to the man behind the wild persona known as Mr. Frank Goodish. This is a book about Frank's early life, football career, pro-wrestling career, his famously firm philosophies, becoming a LEGEND in Japan, and of course the tragic events leading up to his murder in Puerto Rico at the hands of another wrestler who never spent a single day in jail. Also included in this book are touching stories of Goodish meeting his wife while touring New Zealand, and the effect their first child had on his life. Both writers theorize on what the wrestling landscape would be like were it not for Brody's untimely death in 1988.

"BRODY" is a truly fascinating look at a man that captured the imagination of every person fortunate enough to experience a Bruiser Brody match and/or wrestling interview while Brody was still with us on this earth.

Rating: 9 / 10
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What could have been 11 Sept. 2007
By Michael J. King Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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While growing up Bruiser Brody was my favorite brawler. I had tapes from every place he wrestled. That said this book has all the facts to answer any "Brody" questions and the heart of his families love to choke you up. I laughed, cried and yes even got mad once again at the travesty of justice that took an icons life. I read it in one sitting and the credit goes to the co-writers Barbara Goodish and Larry Matysik. Their obvious affection and respect for the man exudes from each page. A must read for Brody aficionados and those not lucky enough to have experienced his unique persona!! Later.Mike
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrestling Legend 22 Feb. 2009
By T. C. Brantley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel authors Larry Matysik and Barbara Goodish give an insightful first hand account of the man behind the legend. I myself have enjoyed hours of watching King Kong Bruiser Brody perform in the squared circle and was in shock and dismay at his untimely/unnecessary/unavenged death back in 1988. For years I had wanted to learn more about the person Frank Goodish behind the skilled wrestler. This book brought that opportunity to me. It had numerous first hand accounts by his friends and colleagues, such as Terry Funk. They didn't try to tell stories to make him look good, and they certainly didn't worry about kayfabe. You come away with an honest picture of the big man. The chapters that Barbara (his wife) authored are real page turners. You can feel the emotion and love she had for him and this project with every word. There is still so much material left undiscussed, she could write a second book about him telling more about their romance and Frank personal life from her and their son Geoff's point of view. This book is also full of never before seen pictures of Frank. The only critical thing I can think to say about this book is that most biographies and autobiographies take the format of a timeline. The story proceeds in chronological order. In this book, the chapters are divided up by topic. All the way to the end of the book, you are exposed to events that happened before the first chapters. I'm sure this book was a difficult one to write. I've read many a book where the ending is already known, and it isn't a happy one. The entire time you are reading it you are dreading the last chapter where the main character meets his unfortunate end. The authors handled this by getting the worst aspect of his life out of the way first. The beginning chapter dives right in to talking about the murder of Bruiser Brody and how it went unpunished. I highly recommend this book to any fan of King Kong Bruiser Brody, any wrestling fan, or anyone who respects a person that stands up for his rights.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learned so much I never knew about Frank Goodish/Bruiser Brody 27 May 2013
By Eddie Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Living in Pennsylvania, I grew up on the WWW(W)F of the late 1970s and 1980s. Of course, I knew who Bruiser Brody was through the various wrestling magazines, even though I was too young to recall his mid-1970s WWWF run. I thought I knew a lot about Brody prior to reading this book just by reading various Internet message boards over the years.

But this book really opened my eyes up to what a multi-layered personality Goodish was outside the ring. I never would have guessed that he was into investing and read the Wall Street Journal. I was also struck by the numerous stories of how kind Goodish was outside the ring and how different he was from his Bruiser Brody character.

Some of the earlier reviews are correct in that the book does stray toward hero worship at times. But author Matysik has definitely put in the work by quoting so many different people who knew the real Goodish/Brody. Matysik does not ignore Brody's notorious reputation for refusing to job or being unreliable or holding up promoters, but the book is very sympathetic to its subject.

The book alternates from chapters written by Matysik to chapters written by Barbara Goodish (Brody's widow) and back again. Truthfully, this format is kind of awkward between the Matysik chapters and the Goodish chapters because the chapters often don't flow smoothly or are not connected with the topics being previously discussed. But the book is still an outstanding read.

The book starts off detailing the murder of Brody by Jose Gonzalez in Puerto Rico. Again, I thought I knew a lot about the murder, but it is fascinating to read the account of wrestlers like Bobby Jaggers who were actually there the night of the murder. It is hard not to feel a combination of anger and sadness when reading about Gonzalez getting away with the murder and the fact that Brody was looking to do some other things with his life down the road.

One disappointment is that the book is only 206 pages. I wish the book would have been a little longer, but it is a great read when one considers how cheap the used copies are on here.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Tribute To Bruiser Brody 18 July 2009
By Raven34 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book written by Bruiser Brody's widow, Barbara and one of his best friends, Larry Matysik, who was also a promoter for St Louis, is simply a wonderful read. The readers take a journey through the rememberance of who Frank Goodish/Bruiser Brody was. I absolutely adored reading the book, getting to see who my all time favorite wrestler was. Frank Goodish was a gentle giant. Unfortunately, there is A LOT of lies and misinformation online regarding this late great wrestler. Brody didn't take any nonsense from anyone, specially proters and bookers. He was indeed a very smart business man. I just fell in love with the man all over again after reading what he was like. Barbara tells us about their romance, married life, games promoters tried to play, the WORST part of this book is reading about Bruiser Brody's murder. Not much can shock me. Especially since I was raised in Chicago. LOL But, the brutal, senseless murder of Brody shocked me. What's worse is how long this man laid bleeding and severely injured before being taken to the hospital and then the cover up in Puerto Rico. UNBELIEVABLE!

That piece of snot who murdered Bruiser Brody, taking him away from himself, his wife,their son, his parents, sisters, friends and his fans, was allowed to change clothes, wrestle the same night after the murder.

This book gives us an idea of who Bruiser Brody was as a wrestling personality and also we see who Frank Goodish was as well. I have to say. I miss BOTH personalities!This book contains some wonderful pics of Brody in action,at home with his wife and son, out with friends, leaving to go to the airport and more!

There are truly beautiful stories are shared which will make you feel closer to Brody and you'll miss him more. I HIGHLY recommend this great book about an incredible man who was taken from the world too soon.
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