Former NWA Star “Killer” Tim Brooks Passes Away at 72

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Yet another former NWA star has passed away in 2020, as word broke that “Killer” Tim Brooks had passed away. Brooks had been battling cancer in recent times, entering hospice on Friday, but he has now passed away. He was 72 years old.

Former NWA Star “Killer” Tim Brooks Passes Away at 72

Trained by Dick Murdoch, the Texas native began his wrestling career in 1967. But it wasn’t until he joined The Sheik‘s Big Time Wrestling in Detroit (which would become NWA Detroit) in 1970 that his star began to shine. Initially, he found his success in the tag team ranks and, paired with Ben Justice, became 3x NWA World Tag Team Champions. He would earn his fourth tag titles alongside Abdullah the Butcher. He would also work with Fritz Von Erich‘s Big Time Wrestling (later renamed World Class Championship Wrestling).

Brooks became a journeyman amongst the NWA territories in the mid to late 1970s, working with the likes of Mid South, Toronto’s Maple Leaf Wrestling, Calgary’s Stampede Wrestling, and Georgia Championship Wrestling. In 1978, he began working with Don OwensPacific Northwest Wrestling, where he was paired with one of the most exciting rising stars in Rowdy Roddy Piper. Alongside Piper, he won the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles.

He would make his Japanese debut in 1977, working with All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), where he would work off and on into the 1980s. In 1978, he also began working with Joe Blanchard‘s Southwest Wrestling in San Antonio, where he became a 2x Southwest Heavyweight Champion. In 1983, Brooks won the NWA National Heavyweight Championship and sold it to Larry Zybszko, in an angle similar to 1988’s story where Andre the Giant sold the WWF World title to “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.

By 1986, Tim Brooks had returned to WCCW, where he worked until the company’s last days in 1989, capturing the WCCW Television title. He was a frequent tag partner of Bruiser Brody, even competing in Montreal as Bruiser’s kayfabe brother, Buster Brody. He would continue to work various indie promotions in the 1990s, before retiring from the ring in 1997.

The staff at LWOPW sends out their most sincere condolences to the entire Brooks family, his friends, fans, and peers. Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world.

 

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    • Darn someone misclicked and posted the wrong photo. Thanks for the catch it’s been amended

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