2020's been a rough year already and our community has lost so many beloved sisters and brothers, true family members. We just lost colorful Killer Tim Brooks(Timothy Paul Brooks)too young age at just 72. He was initially trained and broken into the biz(later finessed by prior CAC Prez Red Bastien's work brother Lou "Bastien" Klein) via his legit cousin Dick Murdoch in 1969. So his ring intros stating he was from Waxahachie, Texas were perhaps legit. Dick got him first started in Detroit and Toronto at the same time as he was already there and teaming with his most famous global partner in Dusty Rhodes. What a trio backstage that was besides promoter/boss The Sheik(Ed Farhut), *Pampero Firpo, Bobo Brazil, Tony Marino, Luis Martinez, *George Cannon, Al Costello and so many other greats(= CAC honorees).
Tim after various character changes(including wearing a hood) eventually became a name early 1970's star with Eddie Creatchman as his manager for Sheik(in Detroit, Tunney in Toronto and also in Ohio for promoting duo and past CAC attendees Pedro Martinez and Johnny Powers). Tim wrestled and teamed with the best in those classic circuits including CAC honorees like Pampero Firpo, Ernie Ladd, the Funks, Ox Baker, Flyin' Fred Curry. Plus Bobo Brazil, TBolt Patterson, Tony Marino, Ed Carpentier, Tiger Jeet Singh, Chris Tolos, Sweet Daddy Siki, Tex McKenzie, Ben Justice(who he held Sheik's NWA World Tag Titles with twice), Stomper(Guy Mitchell) and more. Plus he wrestled international traveling sensation attractions Haystack Calhoun, McCreary Twins and of course Andre. Tim later crafted loads of memorable Texas history working for Fritz in Dallas and also Paul Boesch in Houston. He held tons of titles there including the NWA Texas Tag Team belts with CAC honoree Stan Hansen plus others like Leroy Brown and former WWWF champ Stan Stasiak. He was twice SWest champ for Joe Blanchard/San Antonio. Tim also had history in the Pacific Northwest, holding Don Owen's NWA Pacific NW Tag straps with 2-time CAC honoree Roddy Piper! And yep, he came into my homebase Los Angeles Mike Lebell promotion in 1974 during our great Detroit To L.A. invasion along with Sheik, Firpo, Might Igor(Dick Garza), Wolfman Farkas, Ed Carpentier, Zulu and more.
Tim attended the first of his two CAC's 15 years ago(and was CAC men's honoree in 2006), the first time flying in from Dallas with his longtime pal Gary Hart. I was having lunch with Terry Funk in the Gold Coast's TGIF when they walked in with Jimmy Hart and Red/Sir Oliver Humperdink and Terry shouted out "look what the cat dragged in! You sonofab--'s sit down and have a beer with us!" The love and brotherhood of friendship was about as strong as it gets that day. Tim was just a barrel of fun that weekend(CAC still did Thursday to Saturday nights back then)but said "I have to play straight man. Gary's not feeling great." Gary was fairly serious at that Vegas CAC and just not his usual talkative booking genius self. He said he was battling cancer but that Tim was a great supportive friend and aide to him.
Tim also had many other great, longtime friends in wrestling. I was sent by the newstand magazines in January and then right back in March of 1991 to cover many major cards in Japan and rode with Tim on Tenyru's WAR promotion van to a major show along with CAC 2019 honoree Tonga King/Haku/Meng who faced promoter Tenyru in the main event. Tim was underneath teaming with one of his longtime pals in Bob Orton Jr(another CAC regular and 2005 WWE HOFer) against Koko Ware and Jim Neidhart. Before the show started, Tim and Bob nearly trashed the Kyoto venue's backstage having a fun, silly Bento Box food fight. Jack Lanza was WWF's agent for all their Gaijin(foreigner) talent sent for this Tenyru tour. But Japan was the only place Jack wasn't "no-nonsense/all serious" while not allowing any monkey biz from the boys. He let his hair down this night in Japan sitting back, laughing and watching the boys go at it. Tim said he was "pretty proud to get a happy reaction out of Jack." And Rockers Jannetty and Michaels(both CAC attendees) "restrained themselves from joining in." CAC 2017 honoree Shawn Michaels told me, "Vince just fired us again. We know it's really just temporary punishment, but Tim and Bob don't even work for him so they can get away with going bananas. We just got to watch and enjoy their fun."
Tim's "Killer" name is claimed to have come from Murdoch who said "I nicknamed him that because the originator of Rock and Roll, The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis was my favorite musician." Others say either The Sheik or Crybaby Cannon came up with it. All over the midwest however, fans were led to chant "Crazy Brooks" at him ala Crazy Luke Graham before him. Tim came up with that!
Tim was also big in Ole Anderson's Georgia Championship Wrestling in 1983 in an angle "selling" the lead strap to Kevin Sullivan. He worked in Puerto Rico feuding with Hercules Ayala, Miguel Perez Jr and later a young TNT(Savio Vega). As CAC Montreal historians Pat and Bertrand will recall, Tim also cruised into the Lutte International there oddly billed as Bruiser Brody's kfabe brother "Buster Brody." We'll have to ask Barbara about that but Tim was indeed pals with Frank. Tim's hilarious gimmick there was going to the ring in a straightjacket, managed by both Eddie(and for the first time Ed's son Floyd Creatchman as well which was unique). Tim had some earlier All Japan tours and worked in Europe as well. In 1990 while still not slowing down, Tim opened his NAWA(No. American Wrestling Allegiance) wrestling school dojo in Ft. Worth. CAC honoree Scott Casey was one of many pals he had teach as well as wrestle him on his NAWA shows.
In-ring Tim finally retired in 1997, but kept busy with his school and tv promotion. He also had a daughter(who reportedly wrestled a bit)with female wrestling great Sandy Partlow. I hosted a radio Tim Brooks tribute show on 7/5/20 with Detroit stars Flying Fred Curry, Mickey Doyle and Firpo's daughter Mary Fries as part of the Bob Johnson/Bruce Hart Family Show and other CAC'ites like ref legend James Beard and promoter Herb Simmons participated. Herb said when he promoted Brooks vs Bruiser Brody, that Frank trained for one of his few times ever with CAC Prez Lou Thesz. Sadly neither fans nor cameras saw what must've been something few like The Killer got to marvel at.