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The Brute!

When I was a kid growing up in the mighty Mid-Atlantic, you could tell who were wrestling fans very easy. Even if they were not fans, they still did a Brute Bernard impression. I remember working at Food World in the early seventies and I was unloading a truck. This old truck driver guy suddenly breaks into the walk. He started to move in a short circle and move his arms like a chicken. While he did this, he said, "Oooo, Oooo, Ooo."

Then he stopped, looked skyward and yelled, "OoooOOooo hhhh!"

That is the Brute Bernard Shuffle.

Then everyone in earshot would do the same impression. And then everyone would then start laughing.

Before Flairs "Whooo", there was the Brute. There was no one like him. When I first started watching TV Wrestling Brute Bernard and Skull Murphy were the first team that really stood out. Skull Murphy was a real intense interview that was the leader and controlling force of this team. Brute Bernard was the animal that stalked around ringside scaring everyone. And I mean scaring. Everyone believed this guy was totally nuts and it pushed The Skulls to the top.

When Skull Murphy died, every fan was worried about what would happen to the Brute. I know I thought about it because Murphy was the controller of this mad beast.

Who would get him food?

How would he pay his bills?

As a single, would the chicks still dig him?

The fans were told that Skull Murphy had passed due to a heart attack. That was a believable explanation but he really committed suicide.

(Why? Who really knows about that kind of thing?)

Soon after, the Brute began to tag with the Missouri Mauler. This was a good thing because even if they were the bad guys at least the Brute had someone to care for him. These kind of things really mattered when you were about ten years old.
The Mauler and Brute became big time main event wrestlers in the Mid-Atlantic.
One day on an interview, Charlie Harville asked the Mauler if he could control this man. Said and I quote,

"What do you mean? If I had a son, I would want him to be just like Brute Bernard!"

The camera then took a shot of the Brute as he stood there drooling all over himself. It was a classic wrestling moment that few will ever forget.

One night, the Brute was wrestling on TV Number One Paul Jones. Brute had Jones in a front face lock and began to scream in his own unusual way. As he held the hold, Brute began to drool. It wasn't any old drool. This was a white, I got a bad cold kind of drool and Paul Jones saw it coming! This was the most punishing time consuming thing I ever remember watching. This snotty drool began to climb out of Brutes mouth and began to fall down right at Paul Jones face! As this thing got closer, you could see Paul Jones try to escape and get away from this fate worse than death. But no dice, The Brute continued to yell and drool until it ran right on Jones face. And man, Paul Jones was not a happy camper.

Man, I got a ton of Brute Bernard stories.

And what ever happened to Brute Bernard? Well he got dropped from Crockett because, well he was really too old to continue wrestling. He then went to the independent wrestling scene. Working around the Mid-Atlantic Territory picking up a match whenever he could. There is one thing that I do know, Brute Bernard loved wrestling. It was his life and really when you think about it what could a guy like that do?

One night working for Johnny Hunter the Brute snapped. The ref Dave Routh had no choice but to do a double count out finish that was not planned. The Brute was fighting on the floor and wouldn't get back in the ring. It was a mess and Routh did the right thing. After the match, Brute ran back to the dressing room and hit Routh and broke his nose. He was raising hell about being counted out and was totally out of control. Hunter had no choice but to fire Brute Bernard on the spot. When the reality sank in that Brute no longer had a job wrestling, he broke down and started to cry.

A few months later, Brute Bernard went hunting with a few green kids. Suddenly, Brute said, "Hey, you want to really see something?"

Brute Bernard then raised his gun and shot himself in the head. The guys that were there couldn't do a thing to help him. They were too far away to get help there in time.

When I think about wrestling, this story runs around in my head.

 

Next Time,
Johnny the Champ

 

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