We are very sad to report that Bruce Reed A.K.A. “Hacksaw” Butch Reed/”The Natural” Butch Reed died earlier today. He was sixty-six years old. He actually began his career as a football player before transitioning to professional wrestling in 1978. He wrestled virtually everywhere during the “territory days” and even wrestled for World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment from 1986-1988 and was the very first person eliminated from the first Royal Rumble in 1988.
WWE issued the following statement:
“Butch Reed passes away
WWE is saddened to learn that Butch Reed passed away today at the age of 66.
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Reed embraced the sport of wrestling after a professional football career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Reed quickly proved himself to be a force in the Mid-South Wrestling promotion in battles against legendary competitors such as Ric Flair, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Jim Neidhart and more.
“The Natural” Butch Reed crashed onto the WWE scene with brash blonde hair, and a statement win over Koko B. Ware at WrestleMania III. Reed found himself at the crossroads of history competing in the first-ever Survivor Series and Royal Rumble matches in WWE history.
After a match against “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania IV, Reed departed WWE and would go on to partner with Ron Simmons in WCW as the tag team Doom. Doom would defeat The Steiner Brothers at Capital Combat to claim the NWA Tag Team Titles. Following a highly successful run as WCW World Tag Team Champions, Reed & Simmons would eventually share the ring for a one-on-one Steel Cage Match showdown at SuperBrawl I.
WWE extends its condolences to Reed’s family and friends.”
We at Wrestle Royalty extend our condolences to all who knew and loved him.
Botch Take: Man, what a shock! I remember watching him various feuds in both NWA and WWF/E. He was incredibly hate-able – especially when hooked up with the Doctor of Style, Slick. He also spent time in a great tag team with Ron Simmons called Doom. They ran roughshod over many teams back then. Such completely awful news and I’m sure we’ll see some mention of it tonight on Smackdown. At least I hope so.
Here’s one of my favorites of his. This is a one-hour match between Dick Murdoch & Butch. This is a very old school match with old school psychology so if you’re stuck on the way it’s done today, this won’t be for you. This ebbs and flows and the story told here is excellent: