While Bockwinkel and Stevens feuded with The CruBobby Heenanr and Dick the Bruiser Dick the Bruiser famously called Heenan "Weasel"; this led to faces calling Heenan "Weasel" throughout the rest of his wrestling career. Battle with throat cancer
In January 2002 Heenan announced on his website that he was battling throat cancer:
Heenan has since largely recovered from throat cancer but lost a great deal of weight dramatically changing his appearance and suffered a drastically changed voice: Heenan now speaks in a soft high-pitched tone which contrasts noticeably with the strong rugged tone fans were accustomed to hearing him use as a color commentator. Heenan did not like the term "stable" stating that it should only refer to a place to keep horses.
Heenan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004 by Blackjack Lanza. He was known for his skill in drawing heel heat for himself and his wrestlers and for his on-screen repartee with Gorilla Monsoon as a color commentator.