Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel Paperback – 25 Jun 2007
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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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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.Read more ›
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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
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.
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.