Frank “Bruiser Brody” Goodish will forever live in the hearts and minds of professional wrestling fans. Brody was a tough as they come and was the precursor to hardcore wrestling, preferring to work a stiff style to make the match look as believable as possible. Brody always gave fans what they expected and even more whenever he stepped into the ring. As tough and intimidating as Brody was, he was not invincible and was stabbed to death by Jose Gonzalez in July of 1988. Gonzalez was the booker for the WWC promotion in Puerto Rico which was and still is led by Carlos Colon. Though Gonzalez admitted to stabbing Brody and claimed self-defense he was acquitted of all the charges mainly because the boys who were there, Tony Atlas among them, refused to return to the island to testify. There are a variety of reasons for the boys not to return chiefly among them was they feared for their safety and that of their families. Money was also a motivating factor for some and Gonzalez walked away a free man after he stabbed one of the greatest legends in wrestling.
Brody was known as an outlaw, working for whomever he chose, whenever he chose and he was very reluctant to do the job for almost everyone. The last fall I knew Brody to drop was in Texas when he and Fritz Von Erich battled Mark Lewin and The Spoiler and Brody did the job for The Spoiler. That match took place in September of 1979 and even though I am sure Brody did the occasional job after that the times you see his name in the loss column are few and far between.
At one time Brody was making a reported $14,000 a week for his Japan tours and some say he was making up to $35,000 week at the height of his popularity and the peak of Japanese wrestling. Brody was revered in Japan and was a constant thorn in the side of promoters in the state due to his rebellious ways. Regardless of what Brody was, he was always money and just wanted his fair share of the extra butts he was sure to put in the seats.
While “King Kong” Bruiser Brody is the stuff from which legends are born, autographs of the man are as elusive as his killer. There are innumerable photos and programs that contain information about Brody but finding one is one of the all-time rarities in memorabilia collecting.
Joe Colosi of ManiacJoe and MJsSportsWorld said that Bruiser Brody autographs are extremely rare and very difficult to find. Joe operates one of the largest memorabilia websites on the internet and his merchandise is top notch. So too is his expertise in determining the value of some of the more rare items that many search for. Colosi said that a Bruiser Brody autograph photo could bring over $125 or more depending on the condition of the photo and that a program could elicit the same amount or more.
A Bruiser Brody autographed photo is one of the great mysteries of pro wrestling swag, there is sure to be someone who has one, no one can seem to find them. A Bruiser Brody autographed program is also just as rare and valuable and hardcore collectors have mentioned that there is a willingness to pay $500 or more depending on the item and condition.
Brody was a mystery to many of those both in and out of the business, befriending very few people in or outside the ring. Bruiser Brody lived his life the way he wanted, conducted business in a manner that would benefit him and his family the greatest and was very protective of his legend and aura in wrestling. Brody was a very guarded individual who gave wrestling and the fans everything he could in order to entertain and make the business look very real. Never one to stay in one place for long, the nomadic Brody went where the money was and an autograph item from the Bruiser could make the holder as rich as Brody and his life were.
As always I am Jerry Wiseman and then the bell rings.