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Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan were a commentator team in the World Wrestling Federation from 1986 to 1993.


In 1986, Heenan became a color commentator in addition to his managing duties. He replaced Jesse Ventura on Prime Time Wrestling and All American Wrestling, aired on the USA Network, teaming up with Gorilla Monsoon. He also replaced Ventura to team up with Monsoon on the syndicated All-Star Wrestling, which was replaced in the fall of 1986 with Wrestling Challenge. Heenan and Monsoon's usually-unscripted banter was very entertaining, and inspired many classic moments. Heenan, calling himself a "broadcast journalist", shamelessly rooted for the heels while they cheated or did something under-handed and referred to his audience as "humanoids," and babyface wrestlers, especially jobbers, as "ham-and-eggers." Another classic moment between Heenan and Monsoon occurred repeatedly when Heenan went on a long rant supporting the heel wrestlers, until an exasperated Gorilla Monsoon would say, "Will you stop?"

After Jesse Ventura left the promotion, Monsoon and Heenan handled the pay per view commentary duties for Wrestlemania VII and Wrestlemania VIII as well as the 1991 Survivor Series and the 1992 Royal Rumble. Heenan also showed up during matches at Wrestlemania III and SummerSlam 1988 while Monsoon was commentating.

Heenan, still suffering from the broken neck he received ten years earlier and unable to cope with the long working hours, decided to leave the WWF at the end of 1993. He was given an on-air farewell by Gorilla Monsoon on the December 6, 1993 edition of Monday Night Raw who, in kayfabe was fed up by Heenan's constant insults, threw him and his belongings out of the Westchester County Center and onto the sidewalk of White Plains, NY. Heenan mentioned that the idea was his and Monsoon's. Afterwards, Heenan states that at the hotel he and Monsoon embraced each other and wept for over an hour. In an interview later Heenan recalls the incident saying he chose Monsoon to throw him out of the WWF seeing it as appropriate. He also poked fun at Monsoon saying he ate the bananas that Monsoon brought as a going away gift for Heenan.



WWF BOBBY HEENAN & GORILLA MONSOON ON TNT Tuesday Night Titans 7 23 86 Re Andre Giant The Machines11:57

WWF BOBBY HEENAN & GORILLA MONSOON ON TNT Tuesday Night Titans 7 23 86 Re Andre Giant The Machines

Bobby Heenan says goodbye to Gorilla Monsoon00:43

Bobby Heenan says goodbye to Gorilla Monsoon

Gorilla Monsoon Fires Bobby Heenan on RAW02:51

Gorilla Monsoon Fires Bobby Heenan on RAW

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