IYH Interview: Bobby Heenan
By Neal Jones
Bobby “The Brain” Heenan was the guest this week on http://www.inyourheadonline.com. Which can be heard live every Wednesday at 6:00 PM with Jack, OneInchBiceps and Barbie Richards, along with our full archive of interviews.
The hosts welcomed Bobby to IYH, and mentioned the upcoming Capitol Legend’s Fanfest August 11th to the 13th in Rockville, MD. The huge event will feature 30 Wrestling legends including Rockin Robin, The Patriot, Masked Superstar, Jim Cornette, Bret Hart, Midnight Express, Nick Bockwinkle, Tony Atlas, Stan Hansen, Ernie Ladd, Ricky Morton, Angelo Mosca, Jim Niedhardt, Rocky Johnson, Robert Gibson, Ivan Koloff, Nickolai Volkoff, Baby Doll, Dr. Tom Pritchard, Rick Martel and many more. For more information please visit http://www.capitollegends.com.
Bobby talks about how fun the Fan Fests are. He says all the guys have stories to tel from the different eras of the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Bobby says they all claim they drew the most money and all hug each other up front, then ram a knife in each other’s back.
Jack mentions the opening ceremonies at the Fan Fest with Heenan and Jim Cornette. Bobby says he is really looking forward to that, Cornette is one of his favorite people. Bobby says the fans can ask any questions they like, and if he doesn’t know the answer he will just lie.
Bobby discusses meeting the fans, and how much fun it is now. Jack asks if Bobby is surprised the fans like him so much because he was always a heel. Bobby says no, they feel bad for him because of the cancer, and he was a heel that always entertained the fans.
Jack asks if Bobby ever wore the Weasel suit to bed with the wife. Bobby said yes but he wore it backwards so the tail would be out front.
OIB asks about the Bobby Heenan show and if he wished it went longer. Bobby loved doing the show. Bobby says Vince came up with the idea, that in the last 30 minutes of the USA show would be the Bobby Heenan show. After the 4th show USA came to WWF and said the contract was for 2 hours of wrestling programming not a talk show, so they had to end it.
Jack asks about the TNT show. Bobby said it was a lot of fun but hard for some of the wrestlers. None of it was really planned out ahead of time.
IYH fan Slarti calls in and thanks Bobby for years of entertainment. Bobby claims he’s never touched Moolah, only Mae Young twice. Slarti claims he has video evidence to prove otherwise, Bobby says that wasn’t him dressed as a sheep. Slarti asks what was the worst gimmick Bobby has ever come across. Bobby says Red Rooster first. Then Bobby says The Missing Link, Jack announces he is the guest next week on IYH. Bobby says he loves Dewey but the gimmick was unbelievable, how could someone like Link or Kamala get on a plane or rent a car. Bobby says he was a long time friend of Dewey (Missing Link) but the gimmick didn’t fit for Bobby. Bobby said some guys didn’t care who they managed, but Bobby wanted to do it right. Bobby says wrestlers are not Circus people and Circus people are not Wrestlers. If the product insults the fans intelligence it hurts the product, it hurts the fans, it hurts Bobby and it hurts the town.
IYH fan Riren asks what Bobby thinks of Nick Bockwinkle. Bobby says he doesn’t think of Nick, he is married. Bobby says Nick talks a lot, and jokes that it took him 11 years to propose to his wife.
IYH fan Hotrod asks about Lee Marshall. Bobby says Lee had a great voice and did a tremendous job.
OIB asks about injuries. Bobby says he just had a total knee replacement, he’s had a broken neck, his ulmer nerve sewn, his collar bone broken. None of the injuries are nagging, but he does have some speech problems from the Cancer. Bobby says he has some trouble getting out of bed in the morning, but over all he feels pretty well.
IYH caller Tim Miller (who writes a weekly newsletter for IYH) asks about the Bobby Heenan Show. Bobby said Vince came up with it, and tells the caller to listen to the show before calling in. Bobby said he would never meet the guests before hand, he had heard Johnny Carson did the same thing. Jack follows up and asks if script writers take away from promos. Bobby said some guys just can’t do promos. Bobby said someone else can’t write a promo for someone else. The talent needs to put himself into the promo. Bobby says most of the writers have never taken a bump or fed their families with wrestling so can’t write about it, you have to feel it.
Jack asks what the weirdest gift he ever got from a fan. Bobby said he and Blackjack Mulligan once got a shoe box filled with Cotex and Oscar Meyer wieners covered in mayonnaise. Angelo Poffo once had a live cat thrown on him from the fans in the ring. Bobby said he’s scared the fans can vote and breed. Bobby says he wont sign something if the fan is rude and sticks a pen and paper in his face. Bobby says one time he was in a bathroom stall and a fan stuck a pen and paper in his face, he took the pen wiped himself and left. Bobby says it all depends on how they approach you, he wont sign anything while eating dinner. Bobby says most of the fans are very nice.
OIB asks if Bobby misses the WCW catering. Bobby asks do you miss an enema, Barbie says kinda, Bobby replies he should move to San Francisco.
IYH fan Flea calls in and thanks Bobby for being so funny, and asks about AWA stories. Bobby says his best friend in life is Baron Von Raschke. Bobby mentions so many names he remembers. Bobby liked that they had a lot of time home in AWA, in WWE they had to work a lot of dates even on their days off they had do to appearances. Bobby said you didn’t mind it because of the money. Bobby said they played a lot of ribs during the AWA road trips, Bobby talks about mooning Atlanta.
IYH fan Jobber to the Stars asks what Bobby’s favorite rib story was. Bobby tells a funny story about locking the airport bathroom stall on Pedro Morales.
OIB asks if given the chance would Bobby like to book a wrestling promotion. Bobby replies with “if given the chance would you like to have your testicles caught in a bear trap ?” Bobby says a booker has to run a day care center for 250 pound kids. Bobby says you’d really have to love the business to do it. Bobby loves wrestling and would have thought about it when he was younger. Bobby respects a lot of the bookers he worked with. He also says a lot of them took the job just to have power, like Ole Anderson.
Jack asks if Bobby wished he had more time to work with Mike Tenay one on one with out Tony Schiavone. Bobby says Tenay is a very talented guy and knows everything. Bobby asks to mention that other guy again, Jack says Tony Schiavone, and Bobby flushes the toilet.
IYH fan Hungarian Hitman asks what Bobby thought of Blackjack Lanza’s HOF speech. Bobby said Lanza tried to his best, but he was never a great interview, Bobby says he shouldn’t pole vault and Lanza shouldn’t give speeches.
Bobby tells all the fans to come see him at the Capitol Legend’s Fan Fest August 11th through the 13th. Bobby will talk about anything with the fans, from the AWA to WWF to where he is now. Bobby will take pictures and sign autographs. For more information please visit http://www.capitollegends.com. Bobby says Greg Price does a great job putting the shows together.
Jack asks one last question, did Bobby ever have a Mean Gene Burger. Bobby asks Jack if he ever ate a bowl of Alpo, Jack says no, and Bobby says we’re even. The IYH crew thank bobby for being on, Bobby says “if you ever want me back, you have my number right ?”…”well throw it away”.
There’s so many more funny moments in this 30 minute interview with Bobby Heenan, please listen to the entire interview at http://www.inyourheadonline.com .