“Coming to the ring with his manager…” has always been a sign for a heel to show up.
Whether it was “The Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Mr. Fuji, “Doctor Of Style” Slick or whoever else of those great names that comes to your mind. No wonder that most of them are members of The Hall Of Fame; no need to remind you that some of them were never professional wrestlers.
Even those who happened to have a wrestling career are more remembered for their managerial roles. The “Manager” has always been a major part of the persona of a heel. Can you imagine The Honky Tonk Man with Jimmy Hart or “Ravishing” Rick Rude without Bobby Heenan?! I don’t think so.
But why?! Why are they so ingrained in the history of wrestling?! How could they be deeply seated in the memories of the fans over the years?! Simply because they were crucial. Being irritating, loud, distracting, mean, charismatic, sneaky were all like the spices that make a meal more delicious and tasty. As a kid, I still remember how I prayed each match to watch any of the caught and heavily punished. That would had made me jump in excitement and ecstasy!!
Many of them were great on the mic, cutting promos was their card under sleeve.
If you’re too young to know any of this, let me give you a glimpse of how great the managerial job can be. ” My name is Paul Heyman, and I’m the advocate of the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion: Brrrrrock Lesnaaaaar”. I bet you have said it loud as you’re reading it; the way Heyman phrases it together with the whole arena; any arena. That’s exactly what a good “Manager” brings to the table. Can you imagine having three or four or five like that man.
I miss those days.
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Coming to the ring with his manager..." has always been a sign for a heel to show up. Wether it was "The Mouth Of The South" Jimmy Hart, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Mr. Fuji, "Doctor Of Style" Slick or whoever else of those great names that comes to your mind
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