I slept along time last night because I'm sick. I get a vague Facebook message from Matt just saying "Heenan". I figured he had found some video. Then I get a message from someone with a link with Andre and Heenan together, i knew something had happened.
The thing about Heenan is he could be both a buffoon you like and a genuinely evil menace convincingly. Even now I can hate him as a manager and want someone to hurt him.
If you watch the debut of the Brooklyn Brawler and Gorilla Monsoon gets knocked out by Brawler. Returning from commercial he seems genuinely sorry Monsoon was hurt. He says he was caught in the crossfire. He then does a promo that makes you think Brawler ( A guy who was a known job guy) could crush Hogan and Warrior simultaneously.
The Andre turn was done so well because of Heenan. From him subtly praising Andre to post turn making sure no one supports Andre. At one point claiming Hogan called Andre a freak.
He could be broad or subtle, depending on the situation.
I'm sad but take some comfort in him not suffering,