WWE reports that “The Natural” Butch Reed passed away today at the age of 66.
Starting off in professional sports as football player for his native city under the Kansas City Chiefs, Reed would eventually enter the world of professional wrestling. He would be a major player in Mid-South Wrestling promotion where he would wrestle against the likes of future WWE hall of famers, Ric Flair, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Jim Neidhart and more.
Butch Reed would end up performing at one of the biggest events in the history of the WWE with the landmark WrestleMania III event headlined by Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant. He would square off against WWE Hall Of Famer Koko B. Ware during the event.
One of my favorite tag teams of all time. 100% bad ass. My first night in the wrestling business (almost 30 years ago) was spent with Butch Reed-I asked him about the story about him riding a horse into a bar, it’s true-what a good time. RIP Butch Reed. pic.twitter.com/S2RmoVMwuh
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) February 5, 2021
Reed was also a pioneer in being apart of the initial ppv shows for the annual events of Survivor Series and Royal Rumble in 1987. The last major ppv event in the WWE by Reed would be a match against the legendary “Macho Man” Randy Savage at the WWE Title tournament.
He would end up 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.
WWETV condolences to “The Natural” Butch Reed!
Rest In Peace Butch Reed! Man I thought this dude was so cool when he came to the WWE. At the time I had no idea how maj he was in mid south as Hacksaw Butch Reed. Thanks to cheap heat listener Charles for these amazing pics from Wrestlemania III with Koko and Slick. pic.twitter.com/iZLmkcmguX
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) February 5, 2021