Bulldog Bob Brown
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Brown wrestling The Natural in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the West Four Wrestling Alliance during the early-1990s.
Birth nameRobert Harold Brown
Born(1938-10-16)October 16, 1938[1]
Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada[1]
DiedFebruary 5, 1997(1997-02-05) (aged 58)[1]
Kansas City, Missouri, United States[1]
Children1
FamilyDavid Brown (son)
Doug Brown (brother)
Kerry Brown (nephew)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Bob Brown[2]
Bobo Brown[2]
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight227 lb (103 kg)[1]
Billed fromKansas City, Missouri[2]
Trained byVerne Gagne[2]
Bronko Nagurski[2]
Debut1957
Retired1994

Robert Harold Brown (October 16, 1938 – February 5, 1997) was a Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring name "Bulldog" Bob Brown.[1]

Early life

Brown was born in Shoal Lake, Manitoba, but grew up in the St. James-Assiniboia area of Winnipeg. He was given the nickname "Bulldog" in grade school. Brown worked as a police officer before becoming a professional wrestler.[1]

Professional wrestling career

Having worked as a policeman in Manitoba, Brown also played hockey. He started wrestling in 1962 in Manitoba and eventually worked in New Brunswick and Alberta as a smart alec heel. In interviews he often argued about the events that had happened by turning the facts around. From 1969–1974 and in the early 1980s, Brown wrestled for NWA All Star Wrestling in Vancouver and formed tag teams with Gene Kiniski and John Quinn. In New Brunswick in the mid 1970s he fought Leo Burke and Stephen Petitpas. He also made appearances in Kansas City and St. Louis against Harley Race, Bruiser Brody and Marty Jannetty.

Brown wrestled for NWA Central States where he won the Central States heavyweight and tag team titles. He often worked as booker for the Central States and several other promotions.[2]

Brown wrestled for Stampede Wrestling where he won the Stampede International Tag Team Championship, alongside Kerry Brown, who was billed as Brown's son, but was actually his nephew. The pair defeated Chris Benoit and Biff Wellington for the championship on June 9, 1989. That same year, Brown began working as the color commentator for Stampede's television show, alongside Ed Whalen.[2] Brown retired from wrestling after a 37-year career in 1994, following a heart attack.[1] He worked briefly for WWF as a referee.

Personal life and death

Brown's brother Doug is a wrestling promoter, and his son David worked as a professional wrestling referee under the name David Puttnam.[1] Brown was the uncle of Kerry Brown, who was a professional wrestler.[3]

In 1996, Brown suffered a heart attack, and was pronounced dead twice before being revived. This caused him to retire from in-ring competition. Following his retirement, he worked as a security guard (along with Rufus R. Jones - another professional wrestler) at a horse and dog racing track in Kansas City, Kansas and the formally named Flamingo Casino, now known as Isle of Capri Casino in Kansas City, Missouri until his death on February 5, 1997.[1]

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Bulldog Bob Brown". Canoe.com. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Bob Brown". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Oliver, Greg (September 10, 2009). "Kerry Brown dead at 51". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  4. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "(Kansas and Western Missouri) West Missouri: North American Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 253. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  5. ^ "NWA North American Tag Team Title (Central States version)". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  6. ^ Hoops, Brian (January 24, 2020). "Pro wrestling history (01/24): WWF Royal Rumble 1999". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved January 25, 2020.