Butch Reed

Butch Reed

Title History

  • NWA Central States Tag Team titles w/Jerry Roberts defeating Bob Sweetan and Mike George (1980);
  • NWA (Florida) North American Tag Team titles w/Sweet Brown Sugar defeating David Von Erich and Dory Funk Jr. (April 11, 1982);
  • Mid South North American Heavyweight title defeating Junkyard Dog (July 16, 1983);
  • Mid South Tag Team titles w/Jim Neidhart defeating Jim Duggan and Magnum T.A (October 12, 1983);
  • Mid South Television title defeating Dutch Mantell (July 22, 1985);
  • Mid South North American Heavyweight title defeating Dick Murdoch (October 14, 1985);
  • NWA (WCW) World Tag Team titles w/Ron Simmons defeating Rick and Scott Steiner (May 19, 1990);
  • USWA Unified World Heavyweight title defeating Junk Yard Dog (October 12, 1992);
  • MWF (Missouri) Heavyweight title;
  • MWCW (Michigan) Heavyweight title;
  • WLW (Harley Race’s World League Wrestling) Heavyweight title defeating Luminous Warrior (March 31, 2001);
  • MSW (Mid States Wrestling) Mid States Heavyweight title defeating “Mr. Saturday Night” Michael Berry (November 12, 2005);

Career Highlights



  • Reed established himself as a force to be reckoned with while competing in Bill Watts’ Mid-South Wrestling from 1983 through early 1986.
  • In Mid-South, he was known as “Hacksaw” Butch Reed and came into the territory as a tag team partner for the main face in the territory the Junkyard Dog.
  • Reed immediately came face to face with “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan over the “Hacksaw” nickname.
  • Back in 1983, Duggan was part of the heel group the “Rat Pack” along with Ted DiBiase and Matt Borne and used every dirty move he could think of to beat Butch Reed. Reed and Duggan would feud over the “Hacksaw” name until Jim Duggan turned face. Duggan’s face turn resulted in Butch Reed’s heel turn when Duggan was picked to be the Junkyard Dog’s tag team partner over Reed.
  • On July 16, 1983, Butch Reed won the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Championship and proceeded to turn back JYD’s challenges in subsequent months.
  • In October 1983, Reed’s arrogance made him agree to let the Mid-South fans pick a challenger for the North American title; he let them pick from the JYD, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, newcomer Krusher Khruschev, and Magnum T.A.. The fans picked JYD but Reed dismissed the choice; he also said Duggan and Khruschev did not deserve a shot and instead gave the title shot to a very young and inexperienced T.A. As fate would have it, T.A. beat Reed to win the title, then lost it 12 days later to Nikolai Volkoff.
  • On the same night that Reed lost the North American title, he and partner Jim Neidhart beat Magnum T.A. and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan to win the Mid-South Tag Team Championship.
  • After a few weeks the North American title was returned to Reed, claiming that the title match with T.A. was not legal since the fans chose JYD. Reed’s run as a double champion did not last long as JYD got his title shot with Dusty Rhodes as the special guest referee.
  • After losing the North American title, Reed and Neidhart focused on the tag team titles and defended them against all comers. When Magnum and Mr. Wrestling II challenged for the titles, they felt that the challengers had to put up something of their own: Mr. Wrestling II’s mask.
  • Mr. Wrestling did not unmask that night as they took the gold from Reed and Neidhart in a Steel cage match on Christmas of 1983.
  • Neidhart and Reed started to blame each other and had a short, brutal feud.
  • The Neidhart feud was soon replaced with one with Terry Taylor who came out to save Neidhart from being beaten down with a football helmet after a match. The Reed/Taylor feud raged all through the spring of 1984 and was instrumental in establishing Terry Taylor as a star in Mid-South.
  • The feud soon expanded to include “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel as Reed’s tag team partner and saw Reed attack Taylor with a “Coalminer’s Glove” on several occasions.
  • After fighting with Terry Taylor for months on end, Reed’s attention turned from Taylor back to his old enemy the Junkyard Dog. During a match, Reed and Landel attacked JYD as he performed under a mask as “Stagger Lee” and painted him yellow.
  • The war between the two brought in Sonny King and later Ernie Ladd to team with Junkyard Dog. After the tag matches, came brutal singles matches such as Dog Collar Matches.
  • Just as the feud was about to reach its heated highlight, the Junkyard Dog left Mid-South and signed with the World Wrestling Federation without informing booker Bill Watts of his decision. This meant that the federation was without their biggest face and the shows had to be hastily rebooked. Watts brought in “Master G” to take JYD’s place but the feud between Reed and “Master G” never took off forcing Watts to rethink his options.
  • When “General” Skandor Akbar entered the Mid-South and started to build a stable of heels, he presented Buddy Landel with a golden Rolex watch with the understanding that it wasn’t actually for Landel but for someone else Akbar was trying to recruit. When Landel tried to give the watch to Reed, he became incensed, in the storyline, stomped on the watch, and started to brawl with his former partner. Akbar and his cronies came to ringside, which prompted Reed to rant on them getting the crowd behind him as he told them he didn’t need back-up.
  • When “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan came to his rescue from a 3 on 1 attack, Reed’s face status was cemented. The two Hacksaws feuded with Akbar’s army of Landel, Ted Dibiase, Steve Williams, and Hercules.
  • The two Hacksaws were successful at first, until Reed came up against Kamala. He proved to be too much for Reed, beating him all over the Mid-South territory before Reed quietly left.
  • Reed would go to the American Wrestling Association for a short stint as Jimmy Garvin’s bodyguard, but would return to Mid-South in the middle of 1985 only a few short months after leaving it.
  • In October 1985, Butch Reed beat Dick Murdoch for the North American title.  Around this time, he had a famous one-hour time-limit draw with NWA Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and feuded with Dick Slater when Slater helped Ric Flair keep the world title.
  • In January 1986, Slater won the North American title from Butch Reed through underhanded means.

Central States – Kansas City:

  • 1986: Butch was working for the Central States, a minor NWA territory out of Kansas city promoted by Bob Geigel.
  • Butch was managed by Slick in Central States.
  • Summer 1986: Butch and Slick were defeated by Bruiser Brody in a “Loser Leaves Town” match, and were sent packing.

The World Wrestling Federation:

  • Butch Reed and Slick joined the WWF, where Reed became known as “the Natural”, dispite his bleech blonde hair.
  • Wrestlemania III: Butch Reed defeats Koko B. Ware.
  • Butch was booked to win the WWF Intercontinental title from Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat, but no-showed the event.
  • ~~~Butch was replaced by Honkeytonk Man, who went on to lift the title from the Dragon.
  • Wrestlemania IV: Butch was defeated by Randy Savage in the first round of the Undisputed title tournament.
  • April 1988: Butch Reed left the World Wrestling Federation.

National Wrestling Alliance / World Championship Wrestling:

  • February 15, 1989 – Clash: Butch Reed pinned Steven Casey.
  • April 2, 1989 – Clash: Junkyard Dog pinned Butch Reed.
  • Butch formed a tag team with Ron Simmons, known as Doom in WCW.
  • ~~~The team was originally put under masks and managed by Woman.
  • October 28, 1989 – Halloween Havoc: Doom defeats the Steiner Brothers.
  • November 15, 1989 – Clash: Doom defeated Eddie Gilbert and Tommy Rich.
  • December 13, 1989 – Starrcade: The NWA featured a Tag Team Iron Man Tournament.
  • ~~~Doom were defeated by the Steiner Brothers, Road Warriors, Fatu and Samoan Savage to place DEAD LAST!
  • February 6, 1990 – Clash: Steiner Brothers defeated Doom in a Title vs Mask match, and were forced to unmask.
  • May 19, 1990: Doom defeated the Steiner Brothers for the NWA Tag titles, which would be later renamed to WCW Tag titles.
  • June 13, 1990 – Clash: Doom defeated Steiner Brothers to retain.
  • July 7, 1990 – Great American Bash: Doom defeats the Rock N Roll Express to retain.
  • October 27, 1990 – Halloween Havoc: Doom vs Ric Flair and Arn Anderson goes to a DOUBLE COUNT OUT.
  • November 20, 1990 – Clash: Ric Flair pinned Butch Reed in the main event.
  • December 16, 1990 – Starrcade: Doom vs Barry Windham and Arn Anderson went to a NO CONTEST in a street fight.
  • ~~~Windham pinned Simmons and Reed pinned Anderson simultaneously.
  • January 30, 1991 – Clash: Sting and Lex Luger def Doom by Disqualification to retain.
  • Febuary 24, 1991: Doom were defeated by the Fabulous Freebirds for the WCW World Tag team titles.
  • May 19, 1991 – Ron Simmons beat Butch Reed in a Thunder Dome Cage Match.
  • September 2, 1992: Barbarian and Butch Reed defeated Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes.

Recent History:

  • Butch Reed was rumored to be coming into the WWF to join Farooq and the Nation of Domination.
  • Butch appeared in Harley Race’s World League Wrestling, winning the Heavyweight title.
  • November 12, 2005 – MSW: Butch Reed defeated Gary Gram | Butch Reed beat Michael Barry to win MSW title.
  • December 17, 2005 – MSW: Butch Reed defeated Tim War Cloud to retain the Mid-States Heavyweight title.
  • March 11, 2006 – Mid-States Wrestling: Butch Reed defeated Michael Barry to retain the Mid-States Heavyweight title.
  • March 19, 2006 – Mid-South Wrestling Alliance: “Hacksaw” Butch Reed defeated 3rd Rail.
  • July 27, 2006 – Legends of Wrestling: “The Natural” Butch Reed beat Jake Bolder with shoulder tackle from the top rope
  • July 28, 2006 – NWA Universal: Bash and Spoiler 2000 defeated Jake Boulder and Butch Reed..
  • August 11, 2007 – -NWA Legends Show: Steve “Dr. Death” Williams defeated “Hacksaw” Butch Reed..
  • September 14, 2007 – SmackDown!: Butch Reed made an appearance on Television to be apart of Theodore Long’s bacholar party.
  • September 21, 2007 – SmackDown!: Butch Reed was one of the groomsmen at the Theodore Long-Kristal Marshall wedding.
  • February 16, 2008 – Sooner World Class Wrestling: “Dr. Death” Steve Williams defeated “Hacksaw” Butch Reed.