Tony Atlas discussed in detail the circumstances leading to Bruiser Brody’s death and how the locker room reacted during it during an interview with Hannibal TV. Below is a transcript of highlights courtesy of WrestlingInc.
On Jose Gonzalez Killing Brody:
“Brody turned around — he still had his bag in his hand,” Atlas said. “He turned around and stepped one foot in the shower and then the other foot in the shower. As soon as the second foot hit the shower I hear this sound, ‘oooowa! ooooowa!” just like that. The second time he did it, he bent over and I looked up. The first time he did it I thought he got punched. I thought, ‘damn Jose hit hard, they’re fighting.’ So when he bent over Jose lifted the knife in the air and I saw the knife and the blood dripping off it. So I jump up and grab Brody and pull him away — the knife came down and cut Brody’s ponytail off. That’s how sharp the knife was.”
On Brody Not Knowing It Was Coming:
“He had no idea, he didn’t even put his bag down,” Atlas said. “He had his wrestling bag and he just carried a little pouch with his money and everything in it and he was looking at me drawing. It was the last thing on his mind. Then he reached into his pouch to get a picture of his son. He reached to give the picture to me and I reached to get the picture and before I could do that Jose said, ‘can I talk to you?’ Brody turned so I never got the picture. He walked into the shower with his pouch in one hand and a picture of his son in the other hand.”
On His Final Memory of Brody:
“The last image I got of Brody was him laying down, holding his intestines in with one hand,” Atlas said. “The other hand he was holding onto a picture of his son. That’s how the man left this world. Holding his intestines and his son… that’s how he left this world.”