An excellent and interesting discussion has been raging over at WCMB about how Bruiser Brody's death "enhanced" his legend. The interesting aspect of the discussion is that it is difficult to quantify. It is kind of like when you discuss whether something is overrated or underrated. That's a much more complicated discussion than whether something is good or not because you have a lot more factors to consider. For instance, in my humble opinion, Chris Jericho is a quality wrestler/performer, but is also overrated. By that I simply mean that while he is really, really good that many consider him to be far better than he actually is. So that brings us back to Bruiser Brody.
I am in the camp that believes that his death has made Brody a much bigger legend than he already is. Without the timing and manner of his death, Bruiser Brody is a guy who would certainly be looked at as a "legend of the ring." At the same time that legend grew exponentially when he was murdered in that locker room in Puerto Rico.
That is where this conversation gets so tricky though. People may read that and think that I am trying to minimize Bruiser Brody's accomplishments. They may even take it a step further and say that I am insinuating he is ONLY held in high regard due to his violent death. Those things could not be further from the truth. What I think has happened is that Bruiser Brody now inhabits this special little place that separates him from many of his contemporaries. Had he lived and his career followed the normal trajectory that would not be the case. He would be a part of that group not set apart from that group. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that mind you, but I simply cannot buy the idea that his murder did not elevate him to almost mythical status. It did.
Anyhow, I strong recommend you check out the link at the beginning of the article. There is a ton of good to great discussion about Brody and his legend. The different perspectives on his life and death are really interesting to read.